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USD Assistant Art Professor Amber Hansen Discusses Community-Based Mural Making on Credit Hour

Amber Hansen Amber Hansen, USD assistant professor of art, discussed the process of making murals through community-based art engagement on the podcast Credit Hour.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Amber Hansen, ’07 B.F.A., a University of South Dakota assistant professor of art, discussed the process of making murals through community-based art engagement on the podcast Credit Hour.

“Community-based art allows us to not only activate a part of our collective community, it invites people to imagine or reimagine the place they live,” said Hansen.

Hansen actively exhibits in the mediums of film, drawing and musical performance and has been the lead artist for many public murals located throughout the country. This past summer she helped lead several community-based art projects in Vermillion and Miller, South Dakota, and Alton, Iowa. She 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.

Credit Hour is the University of South Dakota’s podcast highlighting the achievement, research and scholarship of its staff, students, alumni and faculty. Follow Credit Hour on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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