Art Talks, Interviews and Miscellaneous Videos!!! 😂@nmaahc@afroxmericana

December 2019

In presented In partnership with University of Maryland, College Park David C. Driskell Center Moderated by Professor Curlee R. Holton, Contemporary Artists, Kevin Cole (Atlanta), Rodney Jackson (Miami), Alfred Conteh (Fort Valley, GA), Larry Cook (Baltimore), Tawny Chatmon (Maryland), Amber Robles-Gordon (D.C.), Delita Martin (Texas) explore the following points of inquiry: 1. Who gets to determine the value and significance of a work of art? 2. What role should the artist play in the critical evaluation of a work of art? 3. When has your work been accurately evaluated and interpreted?

September 20, 2018

Merging Culture, Color and Materialism

By Julie Wolfe

Video Production by Lauren BerkmanOne of my favorite parts about working with The Studio Visit is the opportunity to get to know artists and learn more about their practice on a more personal, intimate level. I like to spend a little time before we begin a story to have a few one on one visits as well reading as much background information as possible.
Amber and I had this opportunity before we met at her studio on a warm overcast day to film a story about her life, work and process.

Amber Robles-Gordon is a multimedia visual artist with a joyful, positive, happy vibe. Her strikingly colorful work is a powerful fusion of ethnicity, identity, gender and cultural and social interests. Her childhood also informs her work which was filled with a wide range of challenges and the loving, nurturing support of her mother.

Amber’s family is from the Caribbean – primarily from St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Antigua, West Indies. Amber was born in Puerto Rico, raised in Arlington, Virginia, and have lived in Washington DC for the last 20 years where she has successfully and ambitiously developed her career as an artist.

The following interview took place at a time when Amber was preparing for several upcoming exhibitions, which is not unusual in her world. Amber’s eloquent stories will warm your heart and give insight into her broad view of the positive and negative aspect of humanity.

Currently, amber has a solo exhibition at the Kohl Gallery at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland entitled “Material-isms: The Cultivation of Womanhood and Agency Through Materiality”.

September 6-October 10, 2018

A forthcoming solo exhibition will be at American University Katzen Art Center in the Fall 2020.

A sliver of the interview/tour I did at @nmaahc Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture , completed segment coming soon! #Art+Justice #talkingsticks#amberroblesgordon@amberroblesgordon #almathomas#georgeseurat#washingtoncolorschool Amber💋💫🎨 Robles-Gordon☪💞 mixed-media, textile, installation, & sculptress Artist/Advocate/Curator/Lecturer

At the Altar: Fruit of My Love and Labor, represents the process of bringing forth the efforts of my daily thoughts, intentions and actions as best as I can. Then I lay them down at my altar, for myself, for my loved ones, my ancestors and for Spirit. This exhibition is specifically centered on the intersections of creating and using installation art as a form of altar. A personal altar is a dedicated space, designed and erected to celebrate or commemorate something important; an idea, a person, goal or a life intention. These installations are instruments that speak to my personal exploration of loving Spirit, loving myself, my family and specifically my son.

In 2010, when I was overtaken by a challenge in my life that was so difficult and daunting; I decided to create a personal altar. Once completed, the newly formed altar awoken me to the multiple altars already in my home, which I had previously created. Furthermore, the need to manage and document ‘the daunting” as I worked it through, lead me to create art installations in the form of altars. Hence, the series At the Altar was birthed. The first two iterations of this series were, At the Altar: From the Fruit of My Love and Labor and At the Altar: From the Depth of My Womb. These two works were specifically about cherishing myself as a women as a mother, and my relationship with my son.

Although, throughout my artwork I give voice to issues regarding the sexist and imbalanced treatment of women within a patriarchal society. The Milked series and Milked Man series both hinge on the multiple connotations and denotations associated with the words milk or milked, gender norms and biased societal expectations. Using both personal and recycled objects allows me to examine and question the societal paradigms relating to the treatment of producers or creators in contrast to their product and or creations. Through my work, I seek to examine the parallels between how humanity perceives its greatest resources, men, and women contrary to how we treat each other, our possessions and our environment. The work, The Two Sides of My Spirit is part of the Milked series and Love you entirely, Love you to everlasting pieces of existence hence…I set you free, is a part of the Milked Man series.

In 2014, I created, At The Altar: Dance of the Serpents, which represents the structural constructs of the entanglement of past and present and both the potential power and or the restrictive patterns of repetitive thinking. In this art altar, I choose the snake or serpents, the hanging ropes of dissembled hammock, rice and various religious and cultural icons to symbolize this entanglement that humans must navigate to learn, grow and be at peace with one self. @dsuarts@dsuevents_
My yogic and artistic practices and my unfettered love for Sci-Fi have inspired a healthy interest in Kundalini energy and by extension to snakes and serpents. I am fascinated by how the snake and serpent—in physically and metaphorically— manifests in society throughout the world. They are represented, in both positive and negative ways, throughout multiple religions, cultures, and mythologies. Ultimately, this work conveys my awareness of both the positive and negative aspects of this energy and illuminates the balance that occurs at their intersection.

For this iteration of At The Altar: Dance of the Serpents I have surrounded that altar with a square frame of rice. Within the rice, stands the making of an altar and prayer blanket. Depending on the time period and location within the world rice is a staple food, intricate to the rise of specific civilizations and cultural traditions. Conversely, it also has been used a tool to inflict pain as a form of punishment. Within this installation, the rice is meant to metaphysically represent the inner yet critical strife and dialogue the can occur when teaching, disciplining and quieting the mind in attempt to manage or change one’s own thoughts and or behaviors.



EP 17: Mixed Media Visual Artist Amber Robles-Gordon

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On this episode of Contemporary Black Canvas, we had the pleasure of interviewing the mixed media visual artist, Amber Robles-Gordon.  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. She has exhibited nationally and in Germany, Italy, Malaysia, London, and Spain. 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. Robles-Gordon is also the Co-Founder of Delusions of Grandeur Artist Collective. Tune in to this episode to learn the important female influences on Amber’s life, her artistic practices, and the power of visual journaling as a source of healing and transformation. To find out more about her work, visit her website at

Mentioned on the Show:

Black Artists of DC

Resource I rely on: Sunlight

Favorite Quote: Stay on the path – you will have no choice


An Assistant Professor of English at Lincoln University, Pia Deas believes in the necessity of building accessible platforms by Black people and for Black people to showcase the beauty, depth, and complexity of the Black intellectual and artistic traditions.

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Published on Jan 10, 2017

Artists Jamea Richmond-Edwards and Amber Robles-Gordon, Co Founders of Delusions of Grandeur Artist Collective

Contemporary Black Artist Movements: Artists Jamea Richmond-Edwards and Amber Robles-Gordon, Co-Founders of Delusions of Grandeur artist collective will speak of the relevancy, evolution and power of artist collectives and artistic movements. Richmond-Edwards and Robles-Gordon, parlayed a series of conversations about personal experiences in the art world, the cultural influence and legacy of Howard University, and the examination of artist group and movements such as Spiral, Black Artists of DC, Africobfra and the Black Arts Movement to build a contemporary art cannon. Delusions of Grandeur is a collective of emerging artists brought together by a shared interest and commitment to their art, a need to provide critique and commentary on social infrastructures within American society and to contribute to the prominence of the collective black voice and presence within contemporary art. Delusions of Grandeur is comprised of artists Shaunte Gates, Jamea Richmond-Edwards, Amber Robles-Gordon, Stan Squirewell, Wesley Clarke and Larry Cook Jr.

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Galerie Myrtis

Published on Oct 24, 2016

The exhibition presented at Galerie Myrtis, Lest We Forget examines pivotal moments and figures in US history, as well as the everyday occurrences and unknown individuals that have impacted, to various degrees, the African American experience here, and by extension, throughout the world. Featured Artists Larry Cook, Wesley Clark, Shaunte Gates, Delita Martin, Jamea Richmond-Edwards, Amber Robles-Gordon and Stan Squirewell Curated by: Jarvis DuBois and Deirdre Darden

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Susana Raab

Published on Jul 5, 2016


A talk with artist Amber Robles Gordon, who is based in Washington, DC by the Anacostia Community Museum. Robles Gordon creates art from recycled materials and fiber. She sat down with the Anacostia Community Museum to discuss her practice and artwork.

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‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

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Amber Robles-Gordon brings sculptures made from recycled materials to Southwest’s Honfleur Gallery.

Amber Robles-Gordon brings sculptures made from recycled materials to Southwest’s Honfleur Gallery.

(March 28-April 27) Every fiber counts
With Every Fiber of My Being is showing through late April at Honfleur Gallery in Southeast. Local artist Amber Robles-Gordon shares dozens of dream catcher-shaped sculptures made from repurposed clothing and other recycled materials.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Mar. 28

Posted March 28, 2012

East of the River Arts Presents: Amber Robles-Gordon


Published on Apr 13, 2013

Amber Robles-Gordan's work is a unique blend of photography, painting and found objects that make her mixed-media pieces demand attention and wow patrons.

My Big Black America

Curated by Prizm Art Fair Director, Mikhaile Solomon

Presented by Rush Arts Gallery

Join Prizm Art Fair and Rush Arts Galleries as we present My Big Black America curated by Mikhaile Solomon. Listen to the curator and featured artists Wesley Clark and Amber Robles-Gordon talk about the exhibition and their artwork.


Published on Jan 5, 2014

Artist Talk for my public artwork Beyond The Visual Rainbow.

Beyond the Visual Rainbow, Commissioned Public Artwork, Mixed Media on Chicken Wire,  48 in. x  600 in

Beyond the Visual Rainbow is a large-scale, sculptural public artwork. The foundation of the sculpture is made of 50 feet of chicken wire. The sculpture consists of hundreds of yards of fabric, different shaped, and sized objects that create varying levels of patterns, dimension, and density. Majority of the fabric was donated by residents of the Deanwood community. It features over 300 different recycled objects such as: Clothes, ribbons, rope, jewelry, leather, and other found objects. The varying fabrics are woven through the hexagonal shapes of the chicken wire in a calculated diagonal design. Through process of creating this sculpture, everyday objects will be given new meanings and represent the vitality of Deanwood.

Throughout the design and creative process I worked to reflect the vibrancy, resiliency, and diversity of the Deanwood community and residents past and present. I choose to integrate the multi-colored fabrics to honor the rich history and involvement in and love they have for their community. Additionally, the varied colors and recycled objects represents the many components, people, resources, and ideals it takes to create a thriving community.


In 2010, I was awarded an apprenticeship by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, (DCCAH) DC Creates Public Art Apprenticeship Program. As the apprentice, I worked with the lead artist to design, fabricate, and install a permanent public artwork at the new Deanwood Recreation Center. Throughout the apprenticeship, I was given a glimpse of the intricacies, and intersections between public artwork, government agencies, and the communities they serve. The program was designed to select the apprentice first, which occurred in 2010. Consequently, a significant part of the apprenticeship involved working with the selection panel and directly with staff of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), Deanwood Recreation Center, DC Public Library, Ron Brown Middle School, and other organizations within the Deanwood Community. In 2011, the lead artist Cheryl Foster was chosen from a national call for artists. In 2012, I began working with Cheryl Foster and DCCAH to bring Beyond The Visual Rainbow, public artwork to completion.

As part of the apprenticeship, I led several workshop sessions regarding being an artist and the process of creating public artwork with students from the Fishing School and Seed Public Charter School. I truly enjoyed working with the students and was so pleased with their level of participation in the sessions. Thus, I allowed their interests in being a professional artist to lead portions of our sessions to include a greater discussion on the logistics of being an artist, running a business, and creating public artwork. These sessions were very inspiring.

This experience expanded my knowledge regarding creating and managing a budget, maintaining a work plan, and the process of installing a large scale public artwork. Ultimately, creating the artwork was most rewarding. The majority of the work on the 50 foot long frame was done in my home. So throughout the eight-month period, I had a personal relationship with the multi-colored and multi-layered being, day-in, and day-out.

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Emerging Voice & Vision

Introspective:Art For Joy, Love and Life

Amber Robles-Gordon received some blunt criticism during her graduate studies when she was told she couldn’t seem to separate herself from her artwork. Robles-Gordon became introspective, and identified why she’s so entrenched in her art.

Community Voice Project is a collaboration with the Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts & Sciences and the University Library. American University’s School of Communication and College of Arts and Sciences.

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In a city with a changing art scene, 10-year-old organization Black Artists of D.C. fosters a community of support and inspiration.

Amber Robles-Gordon is an African American artist who teaches yoga and pilates, organizes art workshops, and writes an art blog.

“[My work is] colorful, intuitive, and abstract,” Robles-Gordon said of her art, which includes three-dimensional pieces, collages and paper mosaics.

Robles-Gordon’s work was recently featured in an exhibition at the D.C. Arts Center called “Black” that focused on artists’ personal perceptions of blackness. Her work personifies a growing black art movement in the District that is often overlooked.

A Supportive Art Family

Since 2004, Robles-Gordon, 32, has been active in Black Artists of D.C., a growing art organization with about 400 members.

“I just jumped in, and at that time there was a wonderful group, but there wasn’t a whole lot of structure,” she said of the organization, which elected her president in 2009.

Robles-Gordon has been a leader in the group since she joined, curating exhibits and publicizing the organization. She cites Black Artists of D.C. as a major support system.

“My family’s not here,” she said of relatives in her native Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, “so I was searching not only for artists; I was also searching for family, and it was like I inherited an artistic family.”

The group, which partners with other organizations and has strong ties to Howard University, provides inspiration to Robles-Gordon and other members.

“Beyond what they gave me in terms of love and support, I also learned so much,” she said.

Read more and view interviews with artists Amber Robles-Gordon and Michael Platt, Janell Blackmon, art history professor at Howard University and Norman Parish owner of the Parish Gallery in Georgetown...

Artist Amber Robles-Gordon, talk about her art series Hybridity, Race, and Womanhood…

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My theory is my artistic compositions mirror my meld of ethnicity, cultural, and social experiences.  Hence, hybridity, a critical part of my identity and is both the inspiration and the methodology of my artistic creations.  “Hybridity is defined as anything of mixed origin that has been used in contemporary theory to describe those people whose identities are derived simultaneously from many cultural origins and ethnicities.” 

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Amber Robles-Gordon speaks about her artwork with visiting Africobra members.

Published on Sep 18, 2009

Amber speaks about her artwork with visiting Africobra members.

The PinkLine Project - Art Walk

Posted By Fran Campos-Lopez

Published on Aug 12, 2009


An outstanding art walk with host Phillipa Hughes, from The Pink Line Project, around the Bloomingdales neighborhood in Washington, DC. Featured Artists Amber Robles-Gordon, BK Adams…

1st Part of a series of short documentaries. Shot/Edited and Colored by Francisco Campos-Lopez Contact: CDE FilmWORKS

Amber Robles-Gordon

Published on Mar 5, 2009

Thoughts About What It Means to Be An Artist, To Create, and Share Your Passion!

Terry deBardelaben and Amber Robles-Gordon sharing their thoughts about what is means to be an artist, to create, to share your passion! Video by Johnnie Bess.

Terry deBardelaben, Sculptor,

Johnnie Bess,

Amber Robles Gordon,

Black Artists of DC Presents…Convergence of Vision: The Power of Art Black Artists of DC (BADC)

Convergence of Vision: The Power of Art Black Artists of DC (BADC)

Presents First Public Institution Exhibit At Prince Georges Community College WASHINGTON, DC Bringing together multiple ideas, expressions, and experiences to create the ultimate masterpiece, a collective vision through the power of art this is what Black Artists of DC (BADC) seeks to accomplish through their exhibit, Convergence of Vision: The Power of Art, showing at the Prince Georges Community Colleges (PGCC) Marlborough Gallery from September 18th October 12th.

The exhibit will be the groups first showing at a public institution, and is apart of the PGCCs initiative to advance the arts and music. Convergence will feature the work of 34 of the groups artists as they seek to make a unified artistic statement. The aim of this exhibit is to demonstrate how the vision of these individual artists can be collected, organized, and focused to make a statement of power, beauty, and eloquence, says Amber Robles-Gordon, BADC artist and curator of the show. In addition to the convergence of art concepts in each piece, this partnership between BADC and PGCC represents their convergence of vision, which is one of aligning art, education and community development. To foster the relationship of these, the group will also host weekly author talks on a variety of topics. As a group, BADC seeks to engage and educate our community in the history and value of Black art, says Claudia Gibson-Hunter, BADC facilitator. There is such a wealth of artistic talent in the Washington metropolitan area, and we want to expose our community to the hidden treasures they have right in their own backyards.

An opening reception for the exhibit will take place on Saturday, September 23rd, from 3:00 5:00 p.m. A schedule of weekly artists talks will follow. For more information, please visit:

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Press Contacts:

Amber Robles-Gordon, BADC Curator, (240) 417-4888, Thomas Berault, Director, PGCC Marlboro Gallery (301) 322-0965,

Black Artists of DC (BADC) is a community of artists and those who love art. Formed in 1999, the groups purpose is to promote, develop and validate the cultural and artistic expressions of artists of African ancestry in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. With a membership of more than 200, the group coordinates workshops, artist talks, peer studio visits and other art enrichment activities, with an emphasis on educating the public and one another.

Published on Mar 5, 2009

: Artist Amber Robles-Gordon

Published on Apr 18, 2007

Amber Robles-Gordon talks about her art on display at Artomatic 2007.