Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2012
Outstanding Graduate in the Arts
“I have gained a level of confidence within my art, my schooling, and myself that would not have happened if I had not gone through the BFA program or worked under Professor Koh, Professor Blesse and Professor Vecchio.” Ashlea Clark is modest about her achievements as a student at Nevada even though she has exhibited her work regularly, held several leadership positions, and been an active member of the arts community.
Professor Eunkang Koh describes Ashlea as “a dedicated printmaker” and “a unique artist who explores inner thoughts and happenings of her life from childhood to present. She pushes the boundary of reality and fantasy and creates monsters and imaginary creatures to express her personal journey.”
Ashlea’s solo exhibitions include How to Seduce a Monster at the Front Door Gallery and the McKinley Arts and Culture Center, and Phantasies at the Hobson Gallery. She also participated in the 2009 Emerging Artist Showcase at Reno’s Stremmel Gallery and collaborated on a traveling art show, Geographical Divides, which involved twenty artists from northern and southern Nevada. This exhibition opened in 2011 in Las Vegas and has since traveled to Reno and to Colorado.
In addition, Ashlea founded InkHeads, an artist collective of printmakers at the University of Nevada. As acting president, she organized a series of shows to introduce student printmakers to the community. Through fundraising and grants, the InkHeads were able to attend the SGC International printmaking conference in New Orleans this year.
Ashley held a gallery internship and a studio internship on campus and is employed as an administrative assistant and graphic designer at the Younger Agency.
Professor Koh thinks of Ashlea as “one of the up and coming shining stars in the field of printmaking and art.”
See for yourself at her website: http://www.ashleaclark.com/gallery.php