About

 

Artist Statement

My artwork is a visual representation of my hybridism: a fusion of my gender, ethnicity, cultural, and social experiences. I impose colors, imagery, and materials that evoke femininity and tranquility with the intent of transcending or balancing a specific form. I associate working with light, color, and energy as a positive means to focus on the healing power found in the creative process and within us all. It is my belief that colors have both feminine and masculine energies and each color represents a specific aspect of nature.

My artwork embodies my spiritual connection to color and projects a sense of energy to positively affect others. Merging colored feminine objects and masculine forms visually fuses the various materials and energies. Through the use of found objects I seek to symbolically articulate the need to recycle energy and power inherent to discarded materials. The intention is to examine the parallels between how humanity perceives its greatest resources, men, and women verses how we treat our possessions and environment.

Bio

Amber Robles-Gordon, is a mixed media visual artist. She primarily works and is known for her use of found objects and textile to create assemblages, large-scale sculptures and installations. Her work is representational of her experiences and the paradoxes within the female experience.

Robles-Gordon has over fifteen years of exhibiting, art education and exhibition coordinating experience. She completed her Masters of Fine Arts from Howard University in November 2011, where she has received annual awards and accolades for her artwork. Since, her exhibitions and artwork has been reviewed and/or featured in the Washington Post, Washington City Paper, Washington Informer, Examiner, WAMU American University Radio, WPFW 89.3, MSNBC the grio, Hyperallergeric, Ebony.com, the Miami Herald, and Callaloo Art & Culture in the African Diaspora.

She has exhibited nationally and in Germany, Italy, Malaysia, London and Spain. In 2010, Robles-Gordon was granted apprenticeship to create a public art installation with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, D.C. Creates Public Arts Program. Robles-Gordon was also commissioned to create temporary and permanent public art installations for numerous art fairs and agencies such as the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, DCCAH, Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association (NVFAA), Humanities Council of Washington, D.C., Howard University, The Schomburg Center for Black Culture and the Washington Projects for the Arts.

Throughout her career, she serves as an advocate for the Washington, DC area arts community. As of November 2004 through July 2012 Robles-Gordon has been an active member of the Black Artists DC, (BADC) serving as exhibitions coordinator, Vice President and President. In 2012, Robles-Gordon was selected to present for the Under the Influence competition as part of the 30 Americans Exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Additionally, she has been commissioned by the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, Luther College, WETA Television, Al Jazeera, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, David C. Driskell Center and the Phillips Collection to teach workshops, give commentary, and or present about her artwork. Most recently, Robles-Gordon has been selected for the Centro Cultural Costarricense-Norteamericano, Back to the Roots Residency in Limon, Costa Rica.

 

Education:

2011

Howard University, Washington, D.C., Masters of Fine Arts Major: Painting

2005

Trinity College, Wash., D.C., Bachelors of Science, Major: Business Administration

1995-1997

Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, V.A., Major: Business Administration; Minor: Fine Arts

1995

H.B. Woodlawn High School, High School Diploma, Arl., V.A.

Awards and Grants:

2011

Special Projects Grant, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Wash., D.C.

2010

2nd Place Graduate Sculpture Award, Howard University Student Art Show

2009

2nd Place Graduate Painting Award, Howard University Student Art Show

2006

1st Place Graduate Experimental Studio, Howard University Student Art Show

2006

Graduate Honorable Mention, Howard University Student Art Show

Apprenticeships and Residencies:

2016

Back to the Roots Residency, Centro Cultural Costarricense-Norteamericano, Limon, Costa Rica

2010-2011

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, DC Creates Public Art, Deanwood Recreation Center, Washington, D.C.

Commissioned Workshops/Presentations/Competitions/Guest Speaker

2016

Panelist, Looking Forward, Trends in Contemporary American Art, Phillips Collections, Washington, D.C.

2016

Presenter, David C. Driskell Center, College Park MD

2016

Panelist, Montgomery College, Takoma Park, MD

2015

Guest, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, Washington, D.C.

2012

Instructor, Children’s Art Workshop, Washington, D.C.

11-12

Art Commentator, Around Town, WETA, Washington, D.C.

2011

Guest, Aljazeera, Washington, D.C.

2011

Presenter, The National League of American Pen Women, Washington, D.C.

2011

Presenter/Juried by John Bankston, Under the Influence, 30 Americans
Competition, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

2009

Presenter, Gallery Talk and Tour, Commissioned by Luther Collage,
Decorah, Iowa

2006

How to Make a Paper Mosaic, Workshop Commissioned by Smithsonian
Anacostia Museum and Center of African American History and Culture

2006

How to Make Collage, Workshop Sponsored by Young Afrikan Warriors

Group Museum and University Exhibitions

2017

Spiral Recoil, Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Delaware University, Wilmington, DE

2016

Arts for Justice, American University, Katzen Center, Washington, DC

2016

I found go in myself: 40th Anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s for Colored Girls, African American Museum in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

2015

Personal Patterns, Montgomery College, Takoma Park, MD

2011-13

Transformer Silent Auction Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Wash., D.C.

2010

Global Art Buzz, University of California, Washington Center, Washington, D.C.

2009

Colorblind/Colorsight, The Rotunda Gallery at American University, Washington, D.C.

2009

Migrations: BADC Exhibit, Luther Collage, Decorah, Iowa

2007

A Creative Profile: Artist of the East Bank, Smithsonian Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History, Washington, D.C.

2006

Sistahs, In Our Own Words, Banneker Douglass Museum, Annapolis, MD

2006

Mother and Child: Expression of Love, Smithsonian Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History, Washington, D.C.

2005

The 16th Annual James A. Porter Colloquium Gala, Howard University Armour J. Blackburn Center, Washington, D.C.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2012

Milked, Riverviews Art Space, Lynchberg, Virginia

2012

With Every Fiber of My Being, Honfleur Gallery, Washington, D.C.

2011

Milked, National League of American Penn Woman, Washington, D.C.

2011

Wired, Installation and Exhibit, Pleasant Plains Workshop, Washington, D.C.

2010

Matrices of Transformation, Michael Platt Studio Gallery, Washington, D.C.

2007

Can You Free Me?, Ramee’ Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1997

The Artwork of A. Robles-Gordon, Dance Place Exhibition Space, Washington, D.C.

1995

The Art, The Brittany, Arlington, VA

Dual Solo Exhibitions

2014

Catalyst Projects, Washington, DC

2010

Pretty Things, Little Treasures and Hidden Meanings, The Gallery at AYN Studio,
Washington, DC

Three and Four-Person Exhibitions:

2015

How We Lost DC, Honfleur Gallery, Washington, DC

2015

Divinity Revealed, African Heritage Cultural Center Amadlozi Gallery, Miami, Florida

2014

Real Beauty, Carroll Square Gallery, curated by Hemphill Gallery, Washington, D.C.

2012

No Strings Attached, 39th Street Gallery, Brentwood, MD

2011

Ascension, Parish Gallery, Washington, D.C.

2011

Delusions of Grandeur, Mandarin Oriental Gallery, Washington, D.C.

2011

Beyond the Pale, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA

2010

Focus Group: Four Walls, Four Women, DC Arts Center, Washington, D.C.

2010

Intersecciones Culturales/Cultural Crossroad, Brentwood Art Exchange at Gateway Art Center, Brentwood, MD

2007

Beads, Light, and Color, New Horizons Gallery, Children’s Hospital Washington, D.C.

Commissioned Site Specific Installations/Public Art/Presentations:

2015

Public Art, Department of General Services, Washington, DC

2014

Public Art Installation, Washington Projects for the Arts, Washington, DC

2014

Installation, Workshop, and Panel, James A. Porter Colloquium, Howard University

2014

Installation, Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture

2014

Prizm Art Fair, Marquis Miami, Miami, Florida

2013

Temporary Installation, The 25 Project, United Negro College Fund, Wash. D.C.

2013

Temporary Public Art Installation, Humanities Council of Washington, D.C.

2013

Art Installation, Hair Shrines: Praise and Be Praised, Athenaeum Gallery, Alex. VA

2013

Public Art Installation, Deanwood Recreation Center, Washington. D.C.

2012

Art Installation, Art Africa Miami, Miami, Florida

2012

Art Installation, Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkalaba, New York, N.Y.

2011

Art Installation, Pleasant Plains Workshop, Washington, D.C.

2010

Windows in D.C. Mural, Commission on the Arts And Humanities, Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

2009

Art Installation, First on 1st Art and Music Walk, Washington, D.C.

2009

Presenter, Gallery Talk and Tour, Commissioned by Luther Collage, Decorah, Iowa

2007-09

Installation Exhibitor, Artomatic, Washington, D.C.

Selected International Exhibitions:

2016

Parallax Art Fair, London, United Kingdom

2010

Masterpiece Miniature, Galeri Aswara, National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage, Hula Lumpur, Malaysia

2010

Gaza Strip II, Atelier & Galeria Felipe Lamadrid, Cadiz, Spain

2010

Capital Flower, European Cultural Capital of 2010, Kamp-Lintfort, Germany

2010

Spaventapasseri, Art Gallery Atrebates, Dozza, Italy

Selected List of Juried Exhibits:

2016

Quilts and Social Fabrics, Harvey B. Gnatt Center for African-American Arts and Culture, Charlotte, North Carolina

2015

My Big Black America, Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NYC

2014

I Kan Do That, Skylight Gallery, Curated by Danny Simmons, Brooklyn, NY

2013

Alchemical Vessels, Smith Center for Healing Arts, Washington, D.C.

2011

Options 2011 Biennial Showcase, Washington Project on the Arts, Wash., D.C.

2011

Visions, Voices and Viewpoints of African American Artists, Peltz Art Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2010

Urban League National Art Expo, Washington, D.C. Convention Center

2010

Piranha Betty, www.piranbetty.com, Willow Grove, PA

2010

In Memory of Judith Hoffberg, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

2010

Mixed Media, Cornerstore Gallery, Washington, D.C.

2009-10

Black Exhibit, District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington, D.C.

2009

Anacostia Cherry Blossom Festival, Honfleur Gallery Alternative Space, Wash., D.C.

2009

DCNCA 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Parish Gallery, Washington, DC .

2009

Recycle Art Exhibit, Arlington Public Library, Arlington, VA

2008

Remembering Not to Forget Exhibit, Duke Ellington School for the Arts Gallery, Washington, D.C.

07-08

East of the River Second Annual Juried Exhibit, Honfleur Gallery, Washington, D.C.

2008

BADC Group Exhibit,, Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkelba House, New York, N.Y.

2008

Snap to Grid, Los Angeles Center of Digital Art, Los Angeles, C.A.

2007

Reflections II Fine Art Exposition Tour, National Music Center, Washington, D.C.

2007

Digital Exhibitor, Art DC Washington, D.C.

2007

Contemporary Color, Montpelier Arts Center (Juried by Sam Gilliam)Laurel, M.D.

2006

DC Student Invitational Exhibit, Studio Gallery, Washington, D.C.

2006

Every Picture Tells A Story, MOCA DC Gallery, Washington, D.C.

2005

Juried Show, The Graham Collection, Washington, D.C.

Group Membership:

2010-

Co-Founder, Delusions of Grandeur artist collective

2009-

Member, Washington Projects for the Arts

2010-12

President, Black Artists of D.C.

2009

Vice President, Black Artists of D.C

2007

Co-Chair, Black Artists of DC By-laws Committee

06-07

Co-Chair, Howard University Graduate Painting Students Committee

06-07

Member, Artomatic, Plastic Arts and Performing Arts Committee

04-09

Member and Curator, DC Black Artists, Washington, D.C.

04-05

Docent, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.

04-05

Information Desk Representative, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Curating Experience:

2011

Curator, Art In Action Silent Auction, Long View Gallery, Washington, D.C.

2010

Co-Curator, Omnipresence, Mandarin Oriental Gallery, Washington, D.C.

2010

Exhibit Coordinator, James A. Porter Colloquium 2010 Honorees Exhibit: Elizabeth Catlett, Floyd W. Colman, PhD, and Jeff R. Donaldson

2009

Curator, BADC Black Exhibit, District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington, D.C.

2009

Curator, Exxon Mobil Black History Month Art Exhibit, Fairfax, VA

2008

Curator, Art for Obama Exhibition/ Sherman Avenue site, Wash., D.C.

2008

Curator, Capital One Financial Service, Mc Clean, VA

2007

Member of Design Team, Black Artists of D.C. booth at Art D.C., Wash., D.C.

2007

Curator, Exxon Mobil Black History Month Art Exhibit, Fairfax, VA

2006

Curator, Convergence Exhibit, P.G. County Community Collage, Marlboro Gallery

2006

Assistant Curator, Found: Black Artists of D.C., Graham Collection, Wash., D.C.

2006

Assistant Curator, Honoring Nester Hernandez Jr., Swiss Embassy Cuban Interest Section, Washington, D.C.

2005

Assistant Curator, Hidden Treasures: Black Artists of D.C., The Graham Collection, Washington, D.C.

Reviews:

2015

Washington City Paper, How We Lost DC, September 2015

2015

Washington Post, How We Lost DC, September 2015

2015

Miami Herald, Divinity Revealed, Miami, Florida, March 2015

2014

www.hyperallergeric.com, An Art Exhibition “for colored girls”, December

2014

The Washington Examiner, DC Artists Bring Local Flavor to Prizm Art Fair in Miami, December

2014

Puerto Rico Artnews, Artistas en la Diadspora: La artista peurtorriquena, December

2014

www.ebony.com, 40 Years of “for colored girls…”, September

2014

Washington City Paper, Genius or Gobbledygook? “Real Beauty” at Carrol Square Gallery, Washington DC

2013

Examiner, Amber Robles-Gordon Impresses at Art Basel, Miami, Florida

2013

Washington Post, Subtle Attention Seekers Without Strings, January

2013

Washington Post, Story Behind Delusions of Grandeur

2012

Washington Post, Honoring The Past to Create the Future, Tuban-Mahan Gallery

2011

Washington Post, Options 2011, Washington Projects for the Arts, October

2011

Washington Post, Delusions of Grandeur, Parish Gallery, September

2011

Washington Post, Wild Fabric, Pleasant Plains, July

2010

Pink Line Project, Four Women Five Women, December

2010

Coalicion Artistas De Puerto Rico, Amber Robles-Gordon en Focus Group: Four Walls,
Five Women, November

2010

Coalicion Artistas De Puerto Rico, Revista De Artes Plasticas De Puerto Rico, July

Publications:

2016

DC African-American Artists Challenge Stereotypes at the Phillips Collection, UrbanScrawl.com

2016

Callaloo Art & Culture in the African Diaspora, Baltimore, MD

2016

Prizm: Art Basel Fair Featuring Artist of Color, BmoreArt, Baltimore Contemporary Art

2015

Local Black Artists Collaborate After Art Basel, Washington City Paper

2014

40 Amazing African American Artists to Watch in 2014, MSNBC, The Grio

2012

Anacostia’s Art Scene, Washington Post, Washington, D.C.

2011

Washington Post, Gentrification Black and White Middle Class Home Buyers in the District, July

2010

Roll Call Around The Hill, Reclaiming These Negative Images, February, PG25

2010

On Line Journal Workshop, George Mason University College, African American Art Alive in the District, May 23, 2010

2009

Whos’ Who in Black America, The Inaugural Edition, Washington, D.C., PG 28

2009

DC North, Artists Bring Convention Center Windows to Life, PG 18 (see pdf here)

2009

The Tapestry Magazine, Migrations, Sixth Annual Midwest Black History Conference, PG.13

2009

Artndeed, The Collector’s Quarterly, Issue#1, PG.2

2008

Capital One Bank Art, Divine Synergy, PG. 11

2007

East of The River, Represent: East of the River Creatives at Artomatic

2006

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, A Creative Profile: Artists of the East Bank, PG.17

2006

The Washington Afro, Arts& Entertainment, Collage As Fine Art, Feb., 3

2005

Smithsonian Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture, Reclaiming Midwives: Pillars of Community Support, Mothers and Child: Expressions of Love, PG.11

2005

Art For Life, Carnegie Institution of Washington, PG.16

Permanent Collections:

Judith A. Hoffberg Archive Library, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

Masterpiece Miniature Art Exhibition, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Capital One Bank, Mc Clean, Virginia

District of Columbia’s Art Bank, funded by DC Creates Public Art, Washington, DC

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY

The Gautier Family Collection, Alexandria, VA

 

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