Amber Ward has been a visual art educator for over 15 years and is currently an assistant professor of art education at California State University, Sacramento. She graduated from the University of Missouri in 2015 with a PhD in art education and support areas in research methodology and fibers. Ward earned a MA in art education and studio from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2009 and a BFA in fibers and art education from Colorado State University in 2000.
Ward uses qualitative inquiry and new methodologies to explore both visual and written text as data. She take risks with form and content to open-up new spaces that advance equity and contemplate gender and subjectivity. Her bodies of work are related but unique, as said themes inform the mediums and processes used.
She has shown her work in group and solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Australia; Fort Collins, Colorado; Columbia and Kansas City, Missouri; Baltimore, Maryland; New York, New York; and Greenville, South Carolina. In addition to working as an artist, Ward is an editorial reviewer and peer-reviewed author and lecturer in the areas of visual art education and qualitative research.