- B.A., Studio Art, Hiram College
- Post Baccalaureate, Maryland Institute College of Art
- M.F.A, Sculpture, Cranbrook Academy of Art
Amber Kempthorn explores memory and cultural mythology through drawing and collage. She is a graduate of Hiram College, the Maryland Institute College of Art, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art where she received her MFA in Sculpture in 2009. Recently her work was included in the inaugural Front International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art and she was invited by the artist Jonathan Horowitz to make an artwork for his internet project The Daily Trumpet which, “addresses the erosion of democratic values and rise of intolerance taking hold in America and around the globe.” In 2019 she received and Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Akron grant for her project “Ordinary Magic,” a 15-minute animation that will be screened with live accompaniment by the Akron Symphony Orchestra in 2022. Kempthorn holds a Lecturer position in the Visual Arts Department at the Cleveland Institute of Art and has also been an adjunct faculty member at The College of Wooster, where she has taught drawing since 2012.
- ARTS 151: Introduction to Drawing