Ashley Hairston Doughty

Assistant Professor of Art
Expertise: Visual Storytelling, Visual Art, Graphic Design


Ashley Hairston Doughty is a designer and storyteller, who explains personal experiences through verbal and visual language. Her work typically incorporates topics of socioeconomic, racial, and gender-based issues, particularly those relating to cultural misconceptions and the development of personal identity. Although trained as a graphic designer, Ashley’s award-winning artwork often crosses multiple media, including typography, illustration, writing, fiber and materials, and book arts.

In addition to teaching art courses at UNLV, Doughty shares her work through her design business and blog Design Kettle. Her background includes working with companies such as Scripps Networks and Sysco Corporation, as well as non-profits, design firms, and small businesses.



  • M.A., Fine Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • B.A., Fine Arts, Washington Unviersity

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Ashley Hairston Doughty In The News

November 20, 2020
While some people across the Las Vegas valley can stay home, others still have to travel during the coronavirus pandemic. For those who take public transportation, following COVID-19 safety protocols are important than ever. The Regional Transportation Commission hopes by displaying art, they can inspire their riders to stay safe.
KSNV-TV: News 3
November 16, 2020
Busses are close-quarters, enclosed areas. Experts say COVID-19 can spread quickly in similar environments.
Double Scoop
September 17, 2020
Ashley Hairston Doughty’s solo exhibition, Kept to Myself, is at the Barrick Museum at UNLV through Oct. 9. The exhibition highlights race and gender-based issues through various media, including pillows screenprinted with unsolicited comments the artist received on the streets while living in Chicago. Hairston Doughty moved to Las Vegas in June 2017 to teach art at UNLV.
Desert Companion
September 11, 2020
How’s your new normal coming along? *Listens and nods in glum sympathy* Well, good news: It’s just been enlivened by a roster of safe, sane, and socially distanced fall happenings that prove Las Vegas is a master at adaptation. Here you’ll find drive-by theater, radio read-alongs, YouTube opera, Zoom poetry, and in-person art exhibits with plenty of elbow room. Mask up, wash them germy mitts, and enjoy your 2020 fall culture guide.

Articles Featuring Ashley Hairston Doughty

PeopleMay 8, 2020
In her transdisciplinary Honors College thesis project, UNLV senior Kendahl Servino investigates how our regard for our hands can reveal far more than we might expect.