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Ambrin Ling






University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2021-2022

  • Masters in the Humanities, with emphases in Race, Culture, and Politics as well as Women and Gender Studies


School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 2016-2018

  • Master of the Fine Arts, Awarded August 2018, Interdisciplinary Visual Arts, Poetics, and Social Justice

  • Thesis: Remaking Home in the Works of Female Artists of Color


Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, 2012-2016

  • Bachelor of the Arts, Summa Cum Laude, Awarded June 2016, Studio Art Major with additional courses in Psychology, Education, English, and Chinese  Language


Selected Exhibitions



We Were Made for Another World Altogether (upcoming solo show), Willamette University, Salem, OR

Global Anxieties and Existential Doubt (solo show), Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC


Hidden, Harmless, Human (two-person show), Roots and Culture Gallery, Chicago, IL

Luminarts Visual Arts Finalist Exhibition, John David Mooney Foundation, Chicago, IL

You've Got A Somewhere Else To Be (solo exhibition), Northwestern University, Evanston, IL


Moments Like This, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL                                                                                                         

43rd Harper College National Juried Exhibition, Palatine, IL

Chronologia Alumni Showcase, Carleton College, Northfield, MN

34th Annual McNeese Works on Paper, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA



Works on Paper (solo show), Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Fond du Lac, WI

Tickled Pink, Emergency Gallery, Lawrence, KS


No Real Desire (solo exhibition), Upstate Galleries, Spartanburg, SC

Pop-Up Exhibition (dual exhibition), Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC

A Mosaic Portrait (solo exhibition), Artist Guild, Spartanburg, SC


44st Annual Juried Watercolor Exhibition, 2 Friends Gallery, Anchorage, AK

Masterpieces, Manifest Galleries, Cincinnati, OH

Low-Residency MFA Show, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL

The Art of Care, Marmion Academy, Aurora, IL

Not Just Drawing: A Line With Intent, ARC gallery, Chicago, IL


95th Annual All Media Exhibition, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI

In Transit, Rhode Island Art League, Newport, RI

Rags to Witches, Ragdale Foundation for the Arts, Lake Forest, IL

Always, Sullivan Gallery, Chicago, IL

Open Studios, Sullivan Gallery, Chicago, IL

Opposing Forces, Jackson Junge Gallery, Chicago, IL

Low-Res MFA, Throop Gallery, Chicago, IL


Open Studios, Sullivan Gallery, Chicago, IL

Articulated, Pearlman Teaching Gallery, Northfield, MN

Look At Yourself, Weitz Center White Space, Northfield, MN



Accumulation, Boliou Building, Northfield, MN

South Pacific Artists’ Books, Weitz Center, Northfield, MN

Ekphrasis, Weitz Center, Northfield, MN




Vermont Studio Center Residency, Johnson, VT                                                                      


Hashinger Hall Artist-in-Residence at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS                                   


HUB-BUB Artist-in-Resident at the Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg, SC                                 


Ragdale Foundation Group Residency for exhibition Rags to Witches, Lake Forest, IL                              




Luminarts Visual Arts Finalist for $10,000 Chicago Artists-under-30 Fellowship   


Purchase Award, McNeese State University                                                                                                


Elizabeth Greenshield’s Foundation Award                                                                                                  


Illinois Collegiate Press Association 2nd-Place Award for Comic Strip                                                        

Graduate Teaching Fellowships, School of the Art Institute of Chicago                                                       


Distinction in the Visual Arts, Carleton College 

Ursula Jepson Hemingway Award in the Arts, Carleton College                                                                                          

Phi Beta Kappa (2015-2016)                                                                                                                                 


Mortar Board Scholar

Hyslop-Warnholtz Scholarship


Dean’s Scholar, Carleton College


Relevant Experiences

Visual Resources Center Fellow, VRC, University of Chicago, Fall 2021-Spring 2022

·Analyzed work descriptions and subject headings in image-database LUNA using critical research methodologies to supplement gaps in racialization, gendering, and sexualization


Research Assistant, History Department, University of Chicago, Summer 2021-Spring 2022

·Determined artists, movements, and exhibitions that reflect cross-racial, transatlantic forms of visuality from 19th cen. to 20th cen. and compiled research into annotated bibliographies and formal analyses for upcoming book project

Hashinger Hall Artist-in-Residence, University of Kansas, Fall 2019-Summer 2020

·Initiated public art and performances in collaboration with Student Housing and Programming and the Department of Visual Art in dialogue with KU “common-book”, Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation

·Presented archival, mixed-media artwork on literature about race, identity formation, gender, and sexuality by Homi Bhabha, Édouard Glissant, Gayatri Gopinath, Lisa Lowe, Elspeth Probyn and José Esteban Muñoz

·Facilitated lectures in Professional Activities Seminar and other classes to discuss relationships between contemporary artists and society


Community Artist-in-Residence, Chapman Cultural Center, Fall 2018-Summer 2019

·Collaborated with cultural center, philanthropic organizations, and community-led groups in upstate South Carolina, including the Mary Black Foundation, the United Way of the Piedmont, and Speaking Down Barriers to create social painting, photography, and interview project about home, belonging, and representation among Spartanburg’s marginalized communities

·Installed painting project at emerging center in Highland neighborhood


Experimental Artist, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spring 2019

·Responded to Spartanburg Art Museum exhibition Traditions: Compounded with performance of live mixed-media, installation-based drawing in graphite, grass stains, and wet-media to unsettle mappings of the queer, female of color body in space


“New Bodies, Changed Forms” Artist, Ballet Spartanburg, Spring 2019                                                

·Collaborated with Ballet Spartanburg Creative Director Carlos Aguedelo and Philharmonic Orchestra Composer-in-Residence Peter B. Kay to design narrative, costumes, and life-sized figurative props for women’s month retelling of classical Greek myth Apollo and Daphne in Ovid’s Metamorphosis

Visiting Artist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Summer 2018

·Discussed practice with Experimental Drawing class in relation to drawing as a concept-driven, multi-media approach to mark-making, identity formation, memory, and space, referencing theorists Jacques Derrida and Jean-Luc Nancy


Visiting Artist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Fall 2017

·Presented project using grass clippings from neighborhoods in the Chicago area in paper installations in Sustainable Art course led by interdisciplinary artist and designer D. Denenge Duyst-Akpem in the sculpture department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Teaching Experiences

Visiting Assistant Professor, Willamette University (upcoming)

Drawing and Printmaking, Fall 2023

Visiting Assistant Professor, Wofford College                                                                                                                                              

Art and Activism, Art and Earth, and Professional Seminar, Spring 2023

·Guided students through hands-on studio assignments and critical research about understanding the impact of artists’ making on their natural environments, artists’ roles in responding to and transforming social conditions, and how junior Art Majors can refine their artistic goals through collaboration, experimentation, and revision


Image and Text, Drawing, and Figure Drawing, Fall 2022

·Designed interdisciplinary liberal arts course for first-year undergraduate students about critically analyzing and forming original arguments about words, pictures, and their relationships in modern and contemporary art, comics/graphic narratives, ekphrastic poetry, and cinema and new media; demonstrated observational practices and drawing techniques such as blind contour line drawing, hatching and cross-hatching, using perspective, and developing value in traditional and experimental media for students to understand drawing fundamentals and develop their own styles​; modeled and directed upper-level art majors and art minors how to closely observe and represent the human form through in-depth, hands-on practice rendering the skeleton, hands and feet, the face, and the nude body

Lecturer, University of Kansas                                                                                   

Professional Activities Seminar, Spring 2020

·Conducted in-class workshops, arranged visiting artist talks, and designed lectures about writing successful artist statements, resumes, and grant applications for upper-level undergraduate students’ portfolio developments

·Created COVID-19 specific and collaborative final project, an Artist’s Survival Kit, responding to Audre Lorde’s essay “The Transformation of Silence in Language and Action” and Homi Bhabha’s contention in The Location of Culture (1994) that “a state of emergency is also always a state of emergence”


Graduate Student Seminar, Spring 2020

·Co-led first experimental paper-making workshop with graduate student

·Engaged regularly with graduate students through individual studio visits and group critiques with other faculty members in the Department of Visual Art


Drawing II, Spring 2020

·Instructed upper-level undergraduate students in refining drawing techniques, including multi-point perspective, anatomy, and composition, as well as utilizing experimental methods, including drawing in natural materials, alcohol, and on recycled surfaces

·Discussed essays about contemporary drawers with social practices, including Mark Bradford, Toyin Ojih Odutola, and Tatiana Trouve


Arts Concepts and Practice, Fall 2019

·Guided incoming arts students through basic principles and elements of two-dimensional and three-dimensional art with attention to process, revision, and multi-media approaches, including sculpting with wood and wire, as well as traditional painting and drawing

·Oversaw student research during visits to Watson Library, Spencer Museum of Art, and the Works on Paper Collections


Instructor of Record, School of the Art Institute of Chicago                             

E Pluribus Unum, Fall 2017-Spring 2018

·Developed and taught interdisciplinary visuals arts and writing course on the nation, the self, and the notion of citizenship to enable students to hone critical consciousness of their dual roles as artists and citizens

·Guided students through drafting papers, analyzing works of visual art, and working collaboratively with their peers to develop students’ abilities to understand broader contexts, communicate effectively, and construct a strong, original voice

·Instructed students of different backgrounds, including international students, English language learners, students with learning disabilities, and students from non-traditional high schools


Head Writing Center Peer Tutor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Fall 2016-Summer 2018

·Assisted students in developing claims, cultivating research questions, and refining artist statements so students can effectively and confidently communicate their artistic practices

·Worked with students in various stages of the writing process, including brainstorming, applying for grant and working through drafts of thesis projects

·Instructed writing center tutors how to conduct generative sessions with students through demos and observing


Writing Fellow, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, June-July 2017

·Guided students to clarify writing, strengthen arguments, and revise grammar in essays and exams in English course on writer Denis Johnson

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