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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 and within us all. 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. I merge colored feminine objects and masculine forms in order to visually fuse the various materials and energies. I use found objects 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. Biography 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. 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, art educational and exhibition coordinating experience. She has exhibited in California, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, New York, Ohio, Spain, and throughout the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. 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 individuals artwork has been reviewed and/or featured in the Washington Post, Washington City Paper, Washington Informer, Examiner, WAMU American University Radio, WPFW 89.3, and MSNBC the grio. Robles-Gordon 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, Florida, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, New York, Ohio, Spain, and throughout the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. Throughout her career, she serves as a social 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. Currently, she remains a BADC board member.

She has been commissioned by the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, Luther College, WETA Television and Al Jazeera to teach workshops, give commentary, and present about her artwork. 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. Robles-Gordon has been was also commissioned to create temporary and permanent public art installations by agencies such as the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, DCCAH, Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association (NVFAA), and Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. In April 2013, Robles-Gordon completed an apprenticeship and a public art installation funded by the DCCAH, D.C. Creates Public Arts Program. In December 2012, Robles-Gordon was selected to participate in Art Africa Miami. In 2013, she exhibited at Prizm Art Fair, and subsequently has been invited back to create an installation for the 2014 Prizm Art Fair. Most recently Robles-Gordon has been commissioned to create and co-lead a public art workshop, create temporary a public art installation and be a panel participant as part of the James A. Porter Colloquium at Howard University in April 2014. Additionally, she has been commissioned to create an installation for the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, in September 2014. 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 95-97 Northern Virginia Community College, Alex., VA, Major: Business; Minor: Fine Arts 1995 H.B. Woodlawn High School, High School Diploma, Arlington, VA Awards and Grants 2011 2010 2009 2006 2006 Special Projects Grant, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Wash., D.C. 2nd Place Graduate Sculpture Award, Howard University Student Art Show 2nd Place Graduate Painting Award, Howard University Student Art Show 1st Place Graduate Experimental Studio, Howard University Student Art Show Graduate Honorable Mention, Howard University Student Art Show

Apprenticeships 10-11 DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, DC Creates Public Art, Deanwood Recreation Center, Washington, D.C.

Museum and University Exhibitions 11-13 2010 2009 2009 2007 2006 2006 2005 Transformer Silent Auction Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Wash., D.C. Global Art Buzz, University of California, Washington Center, Washington, D.C. Colorblind/Colorsight, The Rotunda Gallery at American University, Wash., D.C. Migrations: BADC Exhibit, Luther Collage, Decorah, Iowa A Creative Profile: Artist of the East Bank, Smithsonian Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History, Washington, D.C. Sistahs, In Our Own Words, Banneker Douglass Museum, Annapolis, MD Mother and Child: Expression of Love, Smithsonian Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History, Washington, D.C. The 16th Annual James A. Porter Colloquium Gala, Howard University Armour J. Blackburn Center, Washington, D.C.

Selected Solo Exhibitions 2014 2013 2012 2012 2011 2011 2010 2007 1997 1995 Hill Center DC, Washington, D.C Brookland Art Space, Washington, D.C. Milked, Riverviews Art Space, Lynchberg, Virginia With Every Fiber of My Being, Honfleur Gallery, Washington, D.C. Milked, National League of American Penn Woman, Washington, D.C. Wired, Installation and Exhibit, Pleasant Plains Workshop, Washington, D.C., Matrices of Transformation, Michael Platt Studio Gallery, Washington, D.C. Can You Free Me?, Ramee’ Gallery, Washington, D.C. The Artwork of A. Robles-Gordon, Dance Place Exhibition Space, Wash., D.C. 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 2012 2011 2011 2011 2010 2010 2007 No Strings Attached, 39th Street Gallery, Brentwood, MD Ascension, Parish Gallery, Washington, D.C. Delusions of Grandeur, Mandarin Oriental Gallery, Washington, D.C. Beyond the Pale, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA Focus Group: Four Walls, Four Women, DC Arts Center, Washington, D.C. Intersecciones Culturales/Cultural Crossroad, Brentwood Art Exchange at Gateway Art Center, Brentwood, MD Beads, Light, and Color, New Horizons Gallery, Children’s Hospital Wash., D.C.

Commissioned Site Specific Installations/Public Art 2014 2014 2014 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2012 2012 2011 2010 2009 7-09 Installation, Workshop, and Panel, James A. Porter Colloquium, Howard University Installation, Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture Prizm Art Fair, Marquis Miami, Miami, Florida Prizm Art Fair, Marquis Miami, Miami, Florida Temporary Installation, The 25 Project, United Negro College Fund, Wash. D.C. Temporary Public Art Installation, Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. Art Installation, Hair Shrines: Praise and Be Praised, Athenaeum Gallery, Alex. VA Public Art Installation, Deanwood Recreation Center, Washington. D.C. Art Installation, Art Africa Miami, Miami, Florida Art Installation, Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkalaba, New York, N.Y. Art Installation, Pleasant Plains Workshop, Washington, D.C. Windows in D.C. Mural, Commission on the Arts And Humanities, Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C. Art Installation, First on 1st Art and Music Walk, Washington, D.C. Installation Exhibitor, Artomatic, Washington, D.C.

Selected International Exhibitions 2010 2010 2010 2010 Masterpiece Miniature, Galeri Aswara, National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage, Hula Lumpur, Malaysia Gaza Strip II, Atelier & Galeria Felipe Lamadrid, Cadiz, Spain Capital Flower, European Cultural Capital of 2010, Kamp-Lintfort, Germany Spaventapasseri, Art Gallery Atrebates, Dozza, Italy

Selective List of Juried Exhibits 2014 2013 2011 2011 I Kan Do That, Skylight Gallery, Curated by Danny Simmons, Brooklyn, NY Alchemical Vessels, Smith Center for Healing Arts, Washington, D.C. Options 2011 Biennial Showcase, Washington Project on the Arts, Wash., D.C. 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,, 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 Black Exhibit, District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington, D.C. 2009 Anacostia Cherry Blossom Festival, Honfleur Gallery 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, Duke Ellington School for the Arts Gallery, Wash., D.C. 07-08 East of the River Second Annual Juried Exhibit, Honfleur Gallery, Wash., D.C. 2008 BADC Group Exhibit, Wilmer Jennings Gallery, New York, N.Y.

2008 2007 2007 2007 2006 2006 2005

Snap to Grid, Los Angeles Center of Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA Reflections, National Music Center, Wash., D.C. Digital Exhibitor, Art DC, Washington, D.C. Contemporary Color, Montpelier Arts Center (Juried by Sam Gilliam) Laurel, MD DC Student Invitational Exhibit, Studio Gallery, Dupont Circle, Washington, DC Every Picture Tells A Story, MOCA DC Gallery, Washington, D.C. Juried Show, The Graham Collection, Washington, D.C.

Group Membership 10-12 2009 2007 06-07 06-07 04-09 04-05 04-05 President, Black Artists of D.C., Vice President, Black Artists of D.C., BADC Co-Chair, Black Artists of DC By-laws Committee Co-Chair, Howard University Graduate Painting Students Committee Member, Artomatic, Plastic Arts and Performing Arts Committee Member and Curator, DC Black Artists, Washington, D.C. Docent, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. Information Desk Representative, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Curating Experience 2011 2010 2010 2009 2009 2008 2008 2007 2007 2006 2006 2006 2005 Curator, Art In Action Silent Auction, Long View Gallery, Washington, D.C. Co-Curator, Omnipresence, Mandarin Oriental Gallery, Washington, D.C. Exhibit Coordinator, James A. Porter Colloquium 2010 Honorees Exhibit: Elizabeth Catlett, Floyd W. Colman, PhD, and Jeff R. Donaldson Curator, BADC Black Exhibit, District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington, D.C. Curator, Exxon Mobil Black History Month Art Exhibit, Fairfax, VA Curator, Art for Obama Exhibition/ Sherman Avenue site, Wash., D.C. Curator, Capital One Financial Service, Mc Clean, VA Member of Design Team, Black Artists of D.C. booth at Art D.C., Wash., D.C. Curator, Exxon Mobil Black History Month Art Exhibit, Fairfax, VA Curator, Convergence Exhibit, P.G. County Community Collage, Marlboro Gallery Assistant Curator, Found: Black Artists of D.C., Graham Collection, Wash., D.C. Assistant Curator, Honoring Nester Hernandez Jr., Swiss Embassy Cuban Interest Section, Washington, D.C. Assistant Curator, Hidden Treasures: Black Artists of D.C., The Graham Collection, Washington, D.C.

Commissioned Workshops/Presentations/Competitions 2012 2011 2009 2006 Instructor, Children’s Art Workshop, B Spot, Washington, D.C. Presenter/Juried by John Bankston, Under the Influence, 30 Americans Competition, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Presenter, Gallery Talk and Tour, Commissioned by Luther Collage, Decorah, Iowa How to Make a Paper Mosaic, Workshop Commissioned by Smithsonian

Anacostia Museum and Center of African American History and Culture

Reviews 2013 2013 2012 2011 2011 2011 2010 2010 2010 Washington Post, Subtle Attention Seekers Without Strings, January Washington Post, Story Behind Delusions of Grandeur Washington Post, Honoring The Past to Create the Future, Tuban-Mahan Gallery Washington Post, Options 2011, Washington Projects for the Arts, October Washington Post, Delusions of Grandeur, Parish Gallery, September Washington Post, Wild Fabric, Pleasant Plains, July Pink Line Project, Four Women Five Women, December Coalicion Artistas De Puerto Rico, Amber Robles-Gordon en Focus Group: Four Walls, Five Women, November Colalicion Artistas De Puerto Rico, Revista De Artes Plasticas De Puerto Rico, July

Publications 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2010 2009 2009 2009 2009 2008 2007 2006 2006 2005 2005 40 Amazing African American Artists to Watch in 2014, MSNBC, The Grio Amber Robles-Gordon Impresses at Art Basel, Examiner, Miami, Florida Anacostia’s Art Scene, Washington Post, Washington, D.C. Washington Post, Gentrification Black and White Middle Class Home Buyers in the District, July 2011 Roll Call Around The Hill, Reclaiming These Negative Images, February, PG25 On Line Journal Workshop, George Mason University College, African American Art Alive in the District, May 23, 2010 Who’s’ Who in Black America, The Inaugural Edition, Washington, D.C., PG 28 DC North, Artists Bring Conventions Center Windows to Life, PG 18 (see pdf here) The Tapestry Magazine, Migrations, Sixth Annual Midwest Black History Conference, PG.13 Artndeed, The Collector’s Quarterly, Issue#1, PG.2 Capital One Art, Program Catalog, Divine Synergy, PG. 11 East of The River, Represent: East of the River Creatives at Artomatic Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, A Creative Profile: Artists of the East Bank Catalog, PG.17 The Washington Afro, Arts& Entertainment, Collage As Fine Art, Feb., 3 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 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

References Available Upon Request