2008 M.F.A. Sculpture, Cranbrook Academy of Art

2006 Post Baccalaureate, Maryland Institute College of Art

2000 B.A. Studio Art, Hiram College

Exhibitions (*solo exhibition)


The Great Lakes Research, Front International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, Reinberger Gallery, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH

Full Fathom Five, The Progressive Art Collection, Mayfield Village, OH

Aspects, The Bonfoey Gallery, Cleveland, OH


*A River Isn’t Too Much to Love, The College of Wooster Art Museum, Wooster, OH

Detroit Sequential, Signal Return Gallery, Detroit, MI

Great Lakes Drawing Biennial, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI


Thump… Dump, Clump, Lump… Bump! The Bonfoey Gallery, Cleveland, OH

*No Name No. 3, Judith Rae Solomon Gallery, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH

*New Work, The Link Gallery, Kent State University, Kent, OH


The Show, 1point618, Cleveland, OH

Memeography, Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH


Solo::Together, 50th Annual UF Art Faculty Exhibition, Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL

*A Moderately Melancholy Dictionary and Other Missives, Miller Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA

The Big Show, Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH


Remastered, 1point618, Cleveland, OH

Car Art/Crash, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Seat’s Taken, Burlington Center for the Arts, Burlington, VT


*The Ghost of Ted K or The Unforgettable Fire, 1point618, Cleveland, OH


Zygote Monothon, The Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH

Collection Exhibition, Cleveland Art Association, Cleveland, OH


*Was it a dream, was I in it, 1point618, Cleveland, OH Cleveland

Emerging Artists, Union Club, Cleveland, OH

The Boston Store, 8th Street Gallery, Boston, MA


Aqua Art Fair, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miller Block Gallery, Boston, MA

Current Employment

2016-present Lecturer Visual Arts Department, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland OH

2012-present Adjunct Faculty Art Department, The College of Wooster, Wooster OH

2012 – 2016 Adjunct Faculty Visual Arts Department, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland OH

Awards, Honors & Special Projects


Awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award


Curator, Dan Tranberg: So Vivid. So Luminous. So Fluorescent. CIA Alumni Gallery

Co-chair, the Dan Tranberg Memorial Scholarship Fund and Art Auction

Tutor, Thea Bowman Center, GED adult learning classes

You Me Us We – Benefit Auction for Planned Parenthood


Writer for PART BODY BODY BEING in collaboration with Dobama theatre and MOCA Cleveland

Single Cover Design, BLK SWN, Smino Interscope Records


On The Table, Drawing Center, Viewing Program, Cleveland Public Library Fine Arts Department


Seven Below Artist Residency, Westford, VT


Viewing Program, The Drawing Center, NY, NY

Goodbye, Hello!, Annual Benefit & Art Auction, MOCA Cleveland


Nesnadny & Schwartz, Visiting Curator Program, MOCA Cleveland


Connelly Rice, Karin "CIA's new Great Lakes Research exhibition puts the region's art culture FRONT and center," FreshWater Cleveland, July 2018. Keffer, Mark “Expressive Figuration,” Around Kent Magazine, Fall/Winter 2016. Wolff, Carlo “Storytelling Devices,” Canvas Magazine, Fall/Winter 2015. Usmani, Josh “Zygote Press Themed Show Explores Iconography in History,” Cleveland Scene, June 2015. Detroit Performs “Car Art/ Crash,”, September 2013. Tursi, Alexandra “Seat’s Taken,” Artscope: New England’s Culture Magazine, February 2013. Clark, Joseph “Teaching by Doing,” Cleveland Scene, August 2012. Zevitas, Steven “Must See Painting Shows, March 2012” New American Paintings BlogSpot, March 2012. Utter, Douglas Max “Hungry Heart, Amber Kempthorn at 1point618,” Giraffe Trap, July 2010.


The Progressive Art Collection, Mayfield Village, Ohio

Fidelity Investments, Boston, Massachusetts

The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio

The Cleveland Art Association, Cleveland, Ohio