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Ashley Lynn Busby

Department: Art

Assistant Professor of Art & Design

  • Education
  • MA, University of Texas at Austin
  • BA, Southwestern University
  • PHD, University of Texas at Austin
Ashley Busby

I first took an art class in high school when my guidance counselor presented me with the rather easy choice between a PE class or art. It was obvious from the get-go that making art was not my strong suit. My teacher, the affable Sally Bales, proclaimed that I was the worst artist she had taught in 30 years in education after a particularly disastrous watercolor assignment. But, researching art was something I could do. I entered college at a small liberal arts college, much like SU, as an English and art history double major, but I soon found that art history was my true passion.

I came to SU after completing my graduate work at the University of Texas at Austin. After years at such a large school, it just felt right to return to my collegial roots at a small liberal arts university. I've found that I value here what I loved most about my own undergraduate experience: small class sizes and the opportunity to work closely with and really get to know my students. The art department is a tight knit community, and I really value my interactions with this group of faculty and students. It's always great to hear someone in the lab bellow "Hey Busby!" down the hallway to ask about something we're learning about in class.

Susquehanna has also offered me a real challenge as a scholar. As the primary instructor in art history, I get to teach courses on many different eras and cultures. My own research focuses on 20th century European modernism, especially the work of the Surrealists. But, I teach classes on a whole range of topics. In stretching to teach outside my comfort zones, I get the chance to continue to learn. For me, intellectual life is as much about being the teacher or expert in a given field as it is about continuing to grow and learn as a scholar and a student.

Courses taught:

  • ARTH-102 Introduction to Art History II
  • ARTH-205 Greek and Roman Art
  • ARTH-211 Survey of Non-Western Art
  • ARTH-300 Modern Design History
  • ARTH-306 Renaissance Art History
  • ARTH-309 19th Century Art History
  • ARTH-310 Modernism and the Avante-Garde
  • ARTH-313 Women in Art
  • ARTH-315 History of Photography
  • ARTH-401 Independent Study
  • ARTH-403 Senior Thesis
  • ARTH-405 Internship
  • ARTH-412 Contemporary Art
  • ARTS-400 Independent Study
  • INTD-505 Independent Study
  • MSUM-400 Museum Studies Internship
  • MSUM-500 Final Research & Exhibition Project
  • PRDV-104 Perspectives
  • WMST-313 Women in Art
  • WMST-500 Women's Studies Research
  • WMST-505 Independent Study