Amber Carroll Santibañez was born and raised in Durham, NC.  She received a BFA in photography in 2009 and her Masters’ of Art in Teaching in 2010 from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD.   Amber spent the majority of her collegiate art-making career exploring ideas of black femininity and the ways hair texture and skin complexion limit or grant access to perceptions of beauty. 

After 7 years away, she returned to her hometown to teach visual art in her alma mater, Durham School of the Arts, and marry her high school sweet-heart.  In the classroom, she strives daily to help students discover, develop, and value their creative voices and the unique gifts they have to offer to their communities. She believes that art is the most essential form of universal communication. It allows humans to critically examine the world and connect with one another on a personal level. Amber is committed to ensuring that young artists in her community have a diverse range of meaningful experiences, in safe environments that encourage them to explore themselves and the world around them. Today, she uses mixed media, collage, and installation processes as a means of self-exploration and healing.”