About

 

Artist Statement

My artwork is a visual representation of my hybridism: a fusion of my gender, ethnicity, cultural, and social experiences. I intentionally 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. I believe colors have both feminine and masculine energies and each color represents a specific aspect of nature. I desire my artwork to embody my spiritual connection to color and project a sense of energy to positively affect others.Using found objects allows me to symbolically articulate the need to recycle energy and power inherent to discarded materials. Through my work I seek 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 artist. Her preferred medium is collage and assemblage. Her work is representational of her experiences and the paradoxes within the female experience. She focuses on fusing found objects to convey her own personal memories, inspired by nature, womanhood and her belief in recycling energy and materials. Robles-Gordon has over fifteen years of exhibiting and art educational 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, several of her exhibitions have been reviewed in the Washington Post. She has recently been selected to present for the Under the Influence competition as part of the 30 Americans Exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

She has been commissioned by the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, WETA Television and Al Jazeera to teach workshops, give commentary and present about her artwork.

She was also commissioned by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, DCCAH to create a mural for the Windows in to DC project at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and granted apprenticeship to create a public art installation with the DCCAH, D.C. Creates Public Arts Program. She has exhibited in California, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, New York, Ohio, Spain and throughout the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area.

As of November 2004-July 2012 Robles-Gordon has been an active member of the Black Artists DC, (BADC) serving as exhibitions coordinator, Vice President and President. Robles-Gordon also serves as social advocate for the Washington DC area arts community. Her vision is to “create, prosper, and infuse personal and professional life interactions with the healing power of art.”

 

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:

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:

2010-2011

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

Museum and University Exhibitions

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

2014

Hill Center DC, Washington, D.C

2013

Brookland Artspace, Washington, DC

2012

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

2010

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

Three and Four-Person Exhibitions:

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, Mural, and Public Art:

2013

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.

2010

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

Commissioned Workshops/Presentations/Competitions:

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

Large Scale Sculptural Installations:

2013

To Much is Not Enough, Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miami, Florida

2013

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

2013

Art Installation, Multitudes Gallery, Miami, Florida

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.

2009

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

07-09

Installation Exhibitor, Aromatic, Washington, D.C.

Selected International Exhibitions:

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:

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:

2010-12

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:

2013

Washington Post, Subtle Attention Seekers Without Strings, January

 

Washington Post, Story Behind Delusions of Grandeur

2011

Washington Post, Ascension, 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:

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

 

References Available Upon Request

 

Public Art and Installations

Mixed Media

Video Journaling

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