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Ashley Cassens

16609 West Course Drive, Tampa, FL 33624



 Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

MFA in Drawing and Painting 2017

Thesis: Lifeline: Expressions of Intimacy through Paint

Honors: Magna Cum Laude


Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL

BFA in Painting

Thesis: Pop Pop Pop: The Figure and Space

Minor: Art History

Honors: Cum Laude 2006

Areas of Concentration: Figurative Realism



1st National Bank of Pasco, $500 Grant, 2021

Innovative Grant, $1,000.00 from Pasco Education Foundation, 2021

Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Florida Atlantic University 2014-2017

Ambassador of the Arts Scholarship, Florida Atlantic University 2017

Graduate Advisory Board Scholarship, Florida Atlantic University 2017

Thesis and Dissertation Scholarship 2017

Friedland Grant, Florida Atlantic University 2016

Women in the Visual Arts Scholarship, WITVA 2016

Student Art Advocacy Award and Representative for FAU, Tallahassee, FL 2016

Provost Fellowship, Florida Atlantic University 2014-2015

Dorothy F. Schmidt College Graduate Advisory Board Grant, FAU 2014-2015

Ellen Rothenberger Scholarship 2014-2015

Julian Schnabel Workshop Scholarship, NSU Art Museum of Fort Lauderdale 2014

Women in the Visual Arts Scholarship, WITVA 2014 -2015



Trinity Oaks Elementary School, Trinity, FL


Art Instructor K-5 

Anclote Elementary School, New Port Richey, FL


Art Instructor K-5

James Museum of Western Art, St Petersburg, FL

Summer 2021 and 2022

Art Instructor, contract

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton FL

Instructor of Record, 2D Design, Drawing I 2015-2017

Developed syllabus and overall course structure, and administered all grades.


Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Art History, 2D Design, Painting I 2014-2017

Assisted Professors in organization of course materials, daily interaction with students both in brick and mortar setting and online, assessment/grading, as well as lecturing and leading individual lessons. ASHLEY CASSENS


John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Museum Education Intern 2016

Assisted and worked closely with Museum Education Director on youth and family programming, guiding K-12 tours, engaged creative education based on museum’s permanent and special exhibitions


Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL

Teaching Assistant to William Otremsky in Painting 2005-2006

Assisted Professor Otremsky in instruction, guiding critiques, and grading projects.


ArtQuest School of Art & Design, Ormond Beach, FL

Instructor 2002-2006

Led small classroom and art camps for ages 6-9 in mastering representational drawing through observation. Taught Color and Creative Design to ages 5 and up.



Painter’s Forum Officer 2014 – 2016 Liaison for the Artist Talk Series, bringing national and international artist lectures to Florida Atlantic University. Handled social media marketing, partnered with the Norton Museum of Art in educational programming for college students.


Melvin Art Gallery, Florida Southern College

Gallery Assistant 2003 – 2005 Guided gallery tours for visitors, assisted in hanging and removal of exhibitions and hosted gallery openings.



Wexel Art for Home Goods, 2022



Robert Lange Studios, 2023

Disco Dolls Gallery, 2022

Elevation, 2021

Enigma, St. Petersburg 2018

artLAB, Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa, FL 2018

OPUS, Tampa Covenant Church, Tampa FL 2018

Femme Fatale: A Collection of Female Artists Hidden Springs Ale Works, Tampa, FL 2018 BLOOM,

Carrollwood Cultural Council, Tampa FL

TEN, The Art Gallery, Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach, FL

Landings, Cornell Museum, Delray Beach, FL

MFA Thesis Exhibition, Schmidt Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, 2017

Projections, The Bunker, Ybor City, FL, 2017

PRIMED, The Red Door No. 5 Gallery, Tampa FL 2017

It Figures, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL

5 X 5, Theatre Lab, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

Lucent, Cornell Museum, Delray Beach, FL

Femme Florida, The Box Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL 2016

Juried Student Exhibtion, Schmidt, Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton,

FL Musings, Bamboozle Café, Tampa, FL 2015

Situational Awareness, Bamboozle Tea Lounge, Tampa, FL, 2015

Faces and Figures, Old Hyde Park Art Center, Tampa, FL

Handmade in America, Singing Stone Gallery, Tampa, FL

Emergence, Station Three, St. Petersburg, FL

One World, Arts Center Sarasota, Sarasota FL

Figurative, Light, Space + Time Online Gallery 2014

2nd Celebration of the Arts, Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, FL

Wine Bank, Port Orange, FL

The Alphabet Show, The Bricks, Ybor City, FL

Man on the Moon, The Ritz, Ybor City, FL

Femme Fatale, The Bricks Ybor City, FL

Time Warp, The Bricks, Ybor City, FL

BFA Thesis Exhibition, Melvin Art Gallery, Lakeland FL

Black and Brew, Lakeland, FL

AP Studio Art Show, The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL 2002-2013



ABC Action News (tv), August 2023

Haven Magazine, 2022

Fox 13 News (tv), 2022

Canvas REBEL, 2022

VoyageTampa, 2022

Daytime on WFLA (tv), 2022

Creative Loafing, Tampa 2021

Peripheral ARTeries 2017

Artsy Shark Featured Artist




CAA – College Art Association

Big Brothers and Big Sisters (2010-2011)

Warehouse Arts District (2014-2015)

Tampa Regional Artists (2014-2015)

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