Nicholls State University

Dr. Ashley Busby

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Art History
Office Phone: 985-493-2533
Office Location: 233 Talbot


B.A., Southwestern University
M.A., Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin


ART 110 Art Appreciation
ART 111 Honors Art Apreciation
ART 382 Topics in Design (Modern Design History)
ART 383 Modern Art
ART 384 History of Photography
ART 386 History of American Art
ART 457 Internship
ART 480 Contemporary Art
ART 482 Topics in Art History (African American Art)
ART 482 Topics in Art History (Modern Women Artists)
ART 491 Independent Study in Art History
ART 496 Senior Seminar
ART 498 Senior Art History Capstone
FNAR 301 Fine Arts Survey (Art and Science, Bridging the Divide)
FNAR 301 Fine Arts Survey (Art and Food)
FNAR 301 Fine Arts Survey (Art and Cultural Heritage)


In addition to her work in the Art Department, Ashley Busby is a member of the Honors Faculty at Nicholls. She received her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin with a dissertation entitled, “Picturing the Cosmos: Surrealism and Astronomy, 1920s-1940s.” She joined the Nicholls Art Department in January 2019. She has previously taught at the University of Texas at Austin, Austin Community College, Southwestern University, Pace University, and Susquehanna University. Her research interests include the intersections of art, science and the occult, teaching pedagogy, art and food, and performance art. Dr. Busby’s most recent research has focused on the work of post-war American abstract artist Dorothy Fratt. She also serves on the Council of Readers for the College Art Association annual conference and as the Lousiana State Director for the board of SECAC.


Selected Publications:
Dorothy Fratt: Paint the Town Red, catalogue essay, November 19, 2022-January 12, 2022, Pazo Fine Art, Kensington, Maryland
“Going Her Own Way,” Art and Antiques, December/January 2022-2023.
Farbe//Form: Dorothy Fratt and Stefan Rohrer, catalogue essay, May 17-July 12, 2020, Stadtische Galerie in der Reithalle, Paderborn-Schloß Neuhaus, Germany

Selected Presentations:
“Building a Community of Table People: Creating Internal and External Connections for Students.” co-presenter with Trisha Rabalais, 5th Annual Sparking Success Faculty Development Conference, Tulane University, December 2022.
“Washington in the West: Dorothy Fratt, Abstraction, and Arizona.” SECAC Annual Conference, November 2022.
“Two Cultures, One Classroom: An Examination of a Class on Art and Science.” the 95th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Academy of Science, March 2021.
“The Upper-Level Fine Arts Survey: Interdisciplinary, Contemporary, and Thematic Approaches.” SECAC Annual Conference, December 2020.