Amber Hansen

Amber Hansen

Assistant Professor


W M Lee Center for Fine Arts 173

Phone: (605) 677-6523




Amber Hansen holds a MFA in drawing and painting from the University of Kansas and a BFA in painting and printmaking from the University of South Dakota. Hansen actively exhibits in the mediums of film, drawing, and musical performance and has been the lead artist in many public murals located throughout the country. Hansen is the co-director and co-editor of a documentary film about creating community based murals in Middle America titled, "Called to Walls", that was released in the spring of 2016. She is an active board member of Community Built Association and is a citizen artist and is an active member of the U. S. Department of Arts & Culture.

Teaching Interests:

Community-based Art, Murals, Expanded Media, Social Practice, Painting & Drawing

Research Interests:

Amber Hansen is a filmmaker, muralist, visual artist and musician creating socially engaged and community-based artwork throughout the Midwest. Establishing a dialogue between her formal education and the ethics of her rural upbringing, Hansen's work promotes the value of creative engagement for all ages while raising questions about the ethics of animal welfare and humans relationship with food.


  • MFA, Painting & Drawing, University of Kansas, 2010
  • BFA, Painting & Printmaking, The University of South Dakota, 2007

Awards and Honors:

  • College of Fine Arts Travel Grant, The University of South Dakota, 2017
  • Best Documentary & Audience Award, Sioux Empire Film Festival, Sioux Falls, SD, 2016
  • HUB-BUB: Artist in Residenct, HUB-BUB, 2014
  • Kansas Paraguay Exchange Artist, through Partners of the Americas, Centro Cultural Paraguayo Americano, Comite Paraguay Kansas, and Kansas Paraguay Partners, 2014
  • 25 Most Amazing Community Arts Projects, Social Work Degree Guide, 2012
  • Gastro-Vison, The Best in Food Art, Blog Art:21, 2012
  • Kansas City Collection II, The Collectors Fund, 2012
  • Rocket Grant, The Charlotte Street Foundation, KU Spencer Museum of Art and the Andy Warhol Foundation, 2011
  • Hashinger Hall's Post MFA Partner: Artist in Residence, University of Kansas, 2010
  • Award of Excellence for Historic Preservation Projects, Kansas Preservation Alliance, 2009
  • Burrows Art Scholarship, University of Kansas, 2009
  • Daniel MacMorris Scholarship, University of Kansas, 2009
  • Thomas A. Klaverkamp Scholarship, University of Kansas, 2009


  • Hansen, Amber. Called to Walls Screening and Panel Discussion. Presented at the Community Built Association Conference, Charleston, SC. (March 22, 2018)