Ashley Layendecker descibes herself as a art facilitator. Her passion in life is connecting and creating opprotunites for artists. She received her BFA in Studio Art, 2D in 2016 and her MS in Teacher Education in 2017 at the University of Tennessee. Ashley formally worked at Fluorescent Gallery in Knoxville, where she held the position Assistant to the Director. She moved to Nashville March 2018 where she is actively involved with the growing art scene in the city. She is currently the Gallery Manager at Red Arrow Gallery in East Nashville. Ashley is also a practing independent curator. Her most notable curation to date is Knoxville Local, presented by Tri-Star Arts. Ashley is a contributor to The Focus (Tri-Star Arts), on curatorial advisory committees, educator and practicing artist.



MS, Teacher Education - University of Tennessee Knoxville, May 2017

BFA, 2D Studio Art - University of Tennessee Knoxville, May 2016 

Independent Curatorial Work

*Curatorial Advisory Committee, TMP1, March 13th-May 29th 2021, MOCAN, Nashville Tennessee

Knoxville Local, October-December 31st 2021, Presented by Tri-Star Arts, Knoxville Tennessee 

In Between, May 11th, Red Arrow Gallery, Nashville Tennessee, 2019

Contemporary Art Nashville,  Red Arrow Gallery, Nashville Tennessee, 2018

Transversal, Fluorescent Gallery, Group Show with Brian Edmonds and Alex McClurg, Knoxville Tennessee, 2018

Girls Favorite, Fluorescent Gallery, Group Show, Knoxville Tennessee, February 3rd 2017


In Reflection, The Open Gallery, Nashville Tennessee, 2019 

Destill, The Committee of New Forms Group Show, Track One Silo Room, Nashville Tennessee,  2018

From Dawn to Dusk, 1500 Clinton St., Group Show, Nashville Tennessee, 2016

37917--->37203: A Fluorescent Pop-up Show, Group Show, The Packing Plant, Nashville Tennessee, 2016

2016 Honors Exhibition, Ewing Gallery, Group Show, University of Tennessee Knoxville,  2016

Pre Game, Gallery 1010, Group Show, Knoxville Tennessee,  2016

69th Annual Student Art Competition, Ewing Gallery, Group Show, University of Tennessee Knoxville, 2016

Recess/Excess, Gallery 1010, Group Show, Knoxville Tennessee, 2016

Compress, Holly’s 135, Pop Up Solo Show,  Knoxville Tennessee, 2015

Exposed, Fluorescent Gallery, Group Show, Knoxville Tennessee, 2015

The Directory, Gallery 1010,  Solo Show, Knoxville Tennessee,  2015

Too Heavy, Bula Boutique, Pop Up Group Show, Knoxville Tennessee, 2015




Molly Barnes 

David Onri Anderson

Dwayne Butcher 

Clare Grill 

Christina West 

Studio Visits

Molly Barnes

Tom Wixo 

Heather Hartman

Mary Laube 

Asafe Pereira

Nick DeFord

Kate Faulkner

Zach Searcy

Sarah Shebaro

Other Publications:

In Reflection Coverage, Nashville Scene 

Destill Coverage, Nashville Scene 

Destill Coverage, The Tennessean 

Analyis on Transversal , Mineral House Media, March 2017

Six Delightfully Scruffy Artists You Should Know: Knoxville Weekend 2017

Phoenix Literary Arts Magazine, Issue 58 Vol. 2 Page 10, Spring 2016

Phoenix Literary Arts Magazine, Issue 57 Vol. 1 Page 15, Fall 2015

Work Experience

Gallery Manager,  Red Arrow Gallery, Nashville Tennessee, September 2018- Present 

Gallery Assistant,  Red Arrow Gallery, Nashville Tennessee, July 2018-September 2018

Intern,  Red Arrow Gallery, Nashville Tennssee, March- July 2018

Summer Art Teacher, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville Tennessee, Summer 2017

Art Intern, Gibbs High School, Knoxville Tennessee, August 2016-May 2017

Intern/ Contributor the The Focus, Locate Arts, Nashville Tennessee, May 2017- Present

Assistant to the Director- Fluorescent Gallery, Knoxville Tennessee, August 2016-Febuary 2018


Curatorial Advsiory Committe, MOCAN, Nashville TN

Nashville Gallery Association Member 


Jered and Christine Sprecher Award for Painting, 69th Annual Student Art Competition, University of Tennessee, February 29th 2016 (Awarded by Pete Schulte and Amy Pleasant)

Elizabeth Aytes "Cookie" Elliot Scholarship for Art Education, 2016

Artist Statement

I am using the grid to illustrate human tendencies within elements of construction. While the grid more often serves to organize or compartmentalize, it can also function as an illustration of anxiety or tension. Although the grid evokes representation, I also use it as a signifier of the indescribable. When creating these images I place very specific colors in vertical and horizontal lines. My palette comes from what I find to be visually stimulating; colors that elude to an atmosphere or a time of day, sunrise, sunset or night. Colors that both glow and absorb and collaborate with the colors alongside them. These colors are naturally found in urban settings; construction signs, shadows, and street lights. Because of color and the grid, I aim to make a series of paintings as a collection. I want the paintings to be different than each other but still employ similar themes to relate them all together as a unit. 

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