Ashley Elston, PhD

Associate Professor of Art History;
Art and Art History Department Chair and Director of Fine Arts

Contact Information

Rogers-Traylor Art Building, 402
CPO 2162
Phone: 859-985-3544

Fall 2019

Office Hours

Mon/Wed: 10 a.m. – noon
Or by appointment

Dr. Ashley-Elston

Class Schedule

  • ARH/WGS 243 (Tue/Thu: 1 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.)
  • ARH 262 A (Tue/Thu: 10 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.)

Courses Taught

  • ARH 121: Survey of Western Art I
  • ARH 124: Survey of Western Art II
  • ARH/AST 130: Studies in World Art: The Arts of East Asia
  • ARH/AST 227: The Arts of Buddhism
  • ARH 232: Classical Art and Archaeology
  • ARH/WGS 243: Women in Art
  • ARH 262: Italian Renaissance Art
  • ARH 265: Baroque Art and Architecture
  • ARH 286: The Artist in Society
  • ARH/ART 286: Visualizing the Italian City (summer BIST abroad)
  • ARH 340: Seminar in Art History: Making and Buying Art in the Renaissance
  • GSTR 310: Understandings of Christianity: The Image in Christianity


  • Hybridity in Early Modern Art, co-editor with Madeline Rislow (Missouri Western State University), edited volume under contract with Visual Culture in Early Modernity series at Routledge Press.
  • “Francesco di Valdambrino’s Wood Sculpture at the High Altar of Siena Cathedral” in The Reinvention of Sculpture in Fifteenth-Century Italy, eds. Amy Bloch and Daniel Zolli, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.
  • “A Painted Saint and Passion Relics: Taddeo Gaddi’s Reliquary Cupboard for Santa Croce in Florence” in Mendicant Cultures in the Medieval and Early Modern World: Word, Deed, and Image, eds. Sally J. Cornelison, Nirit Ben-Aryeh Debby, Peter Howard (Brepols, 2016), pp. 143-183.
  • “Pain, Plague, and Power in Niccolò Semitecolo’s Reliquary Cupboard for Padua Cathedral” Gesta 51, no. 2, 2012, pp. 111-127.
  • Review: Paul Davies, Deborah Howard and Wendy Pullan, eds. Architecture and Pilgrimage, 1000-1500: Southern Europe and Beyond, in Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art and Architecture 4, no. 3, Spring 2014, pp. 95-105.


  • Ph.D., in History of Art, University of Kansas, 2011
  • Masters degree in History of Art, University of Kansas, 2005
  • Bachelors Degree in History, St. Olaf College, 2002


Prof. Elston received her PhD from the University of Kansas in 2011 with a dissertation on the function and iconography of sacristy reliquary cupboards in late medieval and Renaissance Italy. She received her MA from the University of Kansas and her BA from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Her work has been published in the journal Gesta, an edited volume from Brepols on the mendicant orders, and will appear in a forthcoming edited volume on fifteenth-century sculpture. Her current research explores the intersections of relics, rituals, and materiality in quattrocento Italy.