After nomadic years of living in Thailand, Japan, Mongolia and The Netherlands with her family, Amber settled in Chicago, Illinois. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009 and began teaching at the University of Chicago, Columbia College and the School of the Art Institute. She currently teaches in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago and has an active collaborative practice that cross a variety of disciplines and media. Her collaborators, including Sara Black, Lia Rousset, Aaron Hughes, Katie Hargrave and Joe Madrigal, enable Amber to work in a variety of materials that intersect with social issues ranging from visualizing the carbon cycle to Human Right’s abuses.
Together with collaborators, Amber Ginsburg creates site-generated projects and social sculpture that insert historical scenarios into present day situations. Her background in craft orients her projects towards the continuities and ruptures in material, social, and utopic histories. She teaches in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago.
Her research-based multimedia installations have been shown in museums and galleries including: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN; The Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA; World Ceramic Biennale, Korea; KunstTREFFpunkt, Darmstadt, Germany; Artsonje, Seoul, Korea; Raid Projects, Los Angeles, CA and the Bristol Biennial, England.