Curator of Religious Art
Ashlee Whitaker comes to BYU most recently from the Springville Museum of Art, having worked for several years as Associate Curator and Registrar. She graduated from BYU summa cum laude, with a Bachelors Degree in Art History and subsequently received a Master’s Degree in Art History & Curatorial Studies, both from BYU. Much of her undergraduate and graduate research focused on aspects of religion and the sacred. A recipient of BYU’s Graduate Research Award, her graduate work focused on cultural, gendered and religious ideologies within 18th century English landscape gardens, architecture and art. Her art historical research has taken her throughout western Europe, including multiple trips to the United Kingdom. Ashlee gained museum experience as an intern at BYU’s Museum of Art and at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. After completing her graduate degree in 2008, she began at the Springville Museum of Art in Springville, Utah, and worked as their Associate Curator and Registrar until the present, and gained incredible insights into museum work and curatorial practice. Ashlee’s writings and research have been included in multiple publications.