"My mother gave me my first camera."
Amber Shields is an interdisplinary artist who expores female-specific issues on aging, family and American culture using photography, video, installation and found objects. She received a MFA in Photography from San Jose State University in California and a BA in Photojournalism from Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana. She works in the Photography & Media area in the Art and Art History department at the University of Texas at Austin.
Shields work has been exhibited internationally including in the GrayDUCK Gallery, L. Nowlin Gallery, The Knockdown Center, RayKo Gallery, Art + Commerce Festival of Emerging Photographers, PS122 Gallery curated by Allen Frame and various publications including Vice magazine, FlakPhoto, LightWork, Lenscratch and Conscientious websites. In 2010, Amber was selected to participate in Review Santa Fe and in 2017 she was a New Orleans Photo Alliance grant recipient.
BA - Loyola University, New Orleans, LA
MFA - San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
The Body is Bridge, Visual Art Center, University of Texas, Austin, TX
Bread & Butter: Milk, ICOSA, Austin, TX
Recipient of Michael P. Smith Fund grant, juried by Olivier Laurent of Time Lightbox, New Orleans Photo Alliance, New Orleans, LA
Honesty of Rocks, The Contemporary Crit Group Exhibition, GrayDUCK, Austin, TX
Fear and Loathing, curated by Katherine Ware, curator of Photography, New Mexico Museum of Art, Art Photo Index
Finalist for New Orleans Photo Alliance Michael P. Smith Fund
Selected to participate in Review Santa Fe 2010
Texas Photographic Society 19: The International Competition, juried by Katherine Ware, Johnson City, TX
(Por)trait Revealed, RayKo Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Portrait, L. Nowlin Gallery, Austin, TX
The People’s Gallery, Austin City Hall, Austin, TX
Bearings, curated by Allen Frame, PS 122 Gallery, New York, NY
Festival of Emerging Photographers, Art and Commerce, New York, NY