The Studio Visit presents Amber Robles-Gordon

One 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.

MORE or LESS at Hemphill Fine Arts


April 19 - June 9, 2018


Opening Thursday, April 19, 2018, 6:00pm - 8:00pm



Rushern Baker IV
Stephen Benedicto
Ryan Crotty
Anna U. Davis
Gene Davis
Thomas Downing
Mary Early
Robert Otto Epstein
Jeremy Flick
Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi
Kevin MacDonald
Amy Pleasant
Amber Robles-Gordon
Robin Rose
Pete Schulte
Brett Smith
Michael West
Douglas Witmer

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Image: Robert Otto Epstein, 6DJ39$aW23f49!, 2018, colored pencil on paper, 24” x 18”

Next up!!!! Saturday, April 7, 2018 Panelist at the James A Porter Colloquium, Howard University

 Next up!!!! Saturday, April 7, 2018 2:15-3:15  Artist Panel: Materiality and Space at the @jamesa.portercolloquium1990  Panelists:  @jmaurelle @amberroblesgordon @gregory.coates   Panel Moderator:  Margo N. Crawford, Ph.D., Professor of English, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania #portercolloquium

Next up!!!! Saturday, April 7, 2018 2:15-3:15

Artist Panel: Materiality and Space at the @jamesa.portercolloquium1990


@jmaurelle @amberroblesgordon @gregory.coates 

Panel Moderator:  Margo N. Crawford, Ph.D., Professor of English, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania #portercolloquium

The Ties that Bind: The church, identity, activism,





Please join the Office of the Dean, the Diversity Committee, and Gallery O on H for an exhibit of art and photography in honor of Black History Month. The exhibit explores the African American experience in the United States through a collection of documentary photography, oil paintings, and artwork that incorporates weaving and textiles to address issues of identity and belonging.

For over seven generations, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced graduates who have gone on to tackle some of the most pressing policy challenges in the world. As an internationally-focused school, we push our students to find constructive, collaborative, and thoughtful approaches to solving any problem anywhere. And while the study of race in the United States is not a traditional component of the international affairs curriculum, we continue to incorporate it into our programming as the national dialogue on race in the country has intensified and evolved in recent years. It is in this spirit of seeking greater education and social change that we host this exhibit.

The works in this exhibit have been curated by Shamila N. Chaudhary, Senior Advisor to the Dean and Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute, who has started an initiative on visual arts with policy impact in mind. For more information, contact

We are proud to host the following artists:

Sheila Crider
Steven Cummings
Katie Dance
Jay Durrah
Amber Robles-Gordon
Nana Gyesie
Miki Jourdan
Chinedu Osuchukwu

Stacey Lewis
Chris Suspect
Lloyd Wolf
Joy Sharon Yi 

About the Artists

Sheila Crider is an independent mid-career artist based in Washington, DC. She is an active member of Washington Project for the Arts and panelist for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Steven Cummings is a photographer based in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, DC who documents the changes and growing development in the city. He received his MFA at Maryland College Institute of Art.

Katie Dance is a documentary photographer and videographer with a passion for visual storytelling from the Washington, D.C. area. She received her Master's Degree in New Media Photojournalism from George Washington University.

Jay Durrah is a self-taught artist from Western PA who has been sketching since the age of nine. He received a B.A. in Political Science from Howard University.

Amber Robles Gordon is a mixed media visual artist who works with found objects and textile to create assemblages, large-scale sculptures and installations. She completed her Masters of Fine Arts from Howard University.

Nana Gyesie specializes in street, documentary, and portrait photography. His work is shaped by inspiration he draws from lived lives, the public space, and The City, in any country.

Miki Jourdan concentrates on street and environmental portraits, working to take candid photos that bring out people’s inner humanity and the joys and obstacles they face. A non-profit librarian, Miki has lived in Washington's Capitol Hill neighborhood since 2001.

Stacey Lewis is a metro D.C. based street photographer who loves the challenge of connecting the viewer to an ordinary, familiar scene with everyday people and helping them see her subject in a different light.

Chinedu Osuchukwu is a Nigerian-American artist who graduated from The Corcoran College of Art. His work has been featured by Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Watergate Gallery. Osuchkuwu has also been an art teacher in Washington DC area schools for the past 15 years.”

Chris Suspect is a street and documentary photographer hailing from the Washington, D.C. area. He specializes in capturing absurd and profound moments in the quotidian.

Lloyd Wolf is an award-winning photographer and educator whose work has been in over 100 exhibitions and is collected in numerous museums and private collections. He has taught at Shepherd College, George Mason University, and to homeless and immigrant youth.

Joy Sharon Yi is an independent photographer and filmmaker based in Northern Virginia who uses media as a means for examining important social and historic issues. She received her Master’s degree in New Media Photojournalism at GW's Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. 

About Gallery O on H: Collecting art for 35 years led the Gallery owners, Steve and Dolly, to eventually bring their dream and passion for art to life on H St NE. What started as free shows, curated by Dolly and with not a price tag in site, has grown into a practiced philosophy of cultivating local art, artists, and events open to everyone with a passion for art. 

Kenney Auditorium, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University

1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW 

Washington, DC 20036

Photo credit: Chris Suspect

art + justice with Amber Robles-Gordon

art + justice with Amber Robles-Gordon

art + justice is a platform for adults to explore the intersection of tactile art-making, thoughtful reflection, and personal enrichment. Through artist-led guided projects audiences unlock their creative potential within themselves, while also enjoying the opportunity to exchange ideas with community towards social justice. art + justice is a hands-on maker space that stimulates creative agency, while providing the mental and emotional space to work through complicated issues around race, gender, identity, and social cohesion.

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At The Altar: From the Fruit of My Love and Labor, Solo Exhibition at Delaware State University

At The Altar: From the Fruit of My Love and Labor, Solo Exhibition at Delaware State University

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. 

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