USM Art Department

Ashley Norman

Part-Time Lecturer of Art
Ashley-Lynne Norman

Office Location

109 Robie-Andrews Hall

Faculty Office Hours Spring 2023

By Appointment


508-423-8353 (Text Only Please)

Academic Degrees

  • MFA, Interdisciplinary Art, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • BFA, Art Education, Massachusetts College of Art and Design


An experienced artist educator, Norman has taught for over a decade in Maine, North Carolina, and Massachusetts in a variety of programs spanning higher education, public schools, and alternative, community, and adult education. 

As an artist she works under the pseudonym Ashley Normal. Making observations in the everyday, she illuminates the bizarre and absurd in the familiar. Through drawing, painting, mixed-media, altered materials, and performance she creates works where nothing is as it seems, and which communicate issues around: womanhood, gender, mental illness, family, and social taboos. She connects with the Japanese ceramic method and philosophy Kintsugi, which treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object.  Rather than something to disguise, the imperfections of an object adds to its allure, making it more beautiful for having been broken. She is drawn to the relationship of attraction and repulsion, dark humor, and the surreal.

Her work has recently been exhibited at the 2018 CMCA Biennial, Rockland, ME; 3S Artspace Gallery, Portsmouth, NH; Lamont Gallery, Exeter, NH; Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA; Bardo Gallery, Cambridge, MA; and the MAKE8ELIEVE Magazine, Chicago, IL & Geneva, Switzerland. She was a finalist for the Walter Feldman Fellowship in 2015, as well as awarded Best in Show at the Rochester Biennial, Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, Rochester, NH, 2015. Her work is represented by Chases Garage Gallery, York, ME and Nahcotta Gallery, Portsmouth, NH.

Areas of Expertise

ART EXPERTISE: drawing, painting, mixed-media, collage, assemblage, painting, photography, fibers, installation, performance, color theory, collaborative art, art history, and curation.


EDUCATION EXPERTISE: Social engagement, Teaching for Artistic Behavior, choice-based art education, curriculum development, visual arts assessment, Studio Habits of Mind, community development, online community development & management, social media, website creation tools, technology integration, sustainable art practices, sketchbook practices, process-driven art, fostering a growth mindset, yoga, and mindfulness practices.

Awards and Recognition

Awards and Recognition


National Scholastic Gold Key Medal, Scholastic Art and Writing Awards   2017

Peter Masciarotte Memorial Award presented by the Art Education Department MassArt 2007


Walter Feldman Fellowship (finalist), Walter Feldman and the A&BC of Greater Boston 2015

Best in Show Rochester Biennial, Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, Rochester, NH     2015