Installation: Above All You Must Not Play At God, at Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore, photo by: Stephen Spartana

Artist Amber Robles-Gordon will be on SU’s Campus April 12 -16 for her Talking Stick Project Residency. During this time she will offer a TALKING STICK WORKSHOP, construct a public art installation using Talking Sticks created by participants in the workshop and will offer an ARTIST TALK at the end of residency period. Please join the artist for the Workshop and/or Artist Talk and join us in celebrating the project at the Reception and unveiling of the TALKING STICK INSTALLATION!


TALKING STICK WORKSHOP: Thursday, April 12, 6-8:30pm, Assembly Hall, Academic Commons, Room 462

Join the Artist in a beginner’s level workshop to create colorful “Talking Sticks” that will be included in an installation that will hang in the Atrium of the Guerrieri Student Union. No previous art experience necessary. *Free and open to the public. SEATING IS LIMITED, RSVP required: to register for the workshop, contact or visit:  EVENTBRITE

*The workshop will be documented via video by SU communication students lead by SU Professor Aaron Gurrly for inclusion in a documentary film about the project; off camera areas will be available for participants that do not wish to be on camera.

ARTIST TALK & RECEPTION: Monday, April 16, 6pm, Nanticoke Room, GSU

Come hear the artist talk about her work & celebrate the project!

Pictured at The National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC textile and mixed media artist, Amber Robles-Gordon leads a beginner’s-level art lesson creating “Talking Sticks” – a symbol used in many indigenous cultures to designate the authority to speak within a group setting. This symbolic art-making lesson reflects on the long history of community activism within the African American community and beyond and encourages dialogue while providing space for personal reflection and introspection. * Image Copyright: Smithsonian Institution, photographer: Leah Jones of LLJ Photography


Robles-Gordon has worked with art-based talking sticks to address the story of Henrietta Lacks, an African American Maryland woman whose cells, harvested for research without her knowledge or permission during treatment for cervical cancer in the 1950s, have led to breakthroughs in modern medicine. This work, Above All You Must Not Play At God, at Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore is featured in the image above.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a New York Times bestselling book based on author Rebecca Skloot’s research and interviews with Lacks’ family, was SU’s New Student Reader book in 2014.

Robles-Gordon has exhibited nationally, as well as in Germany, Italy, Malaysia, London and Spain. She has been commissioned to create public art installations for the D.C. Creates Public Arts Program, D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association, Howard University, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Washington Projects for the Arts, among others. Robles-Gordon has offered her Talking Stick Workshop at both the Anacostia Smithsonian Museum and at The National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Her work has been reviewed or featured in publications including The Washington Post, Miami Herald, Huffington Post, Washington City Paper, Washington Informer, Washington Examiner and Bmore Art Magazine.

Sponsored by the Fulton School of Liberal Arts Dean’s Office in collaboration with the Guerrieri Student Union Associate Dean of Students Office, and organized by SU Art Galleries, The Talking Stick Project is offered as part of SU IS US, an initiative promoting diversity and inclusion on campus. Admission to the workshop and artist talk are free and the public is invited.

Branches for the Workshop were collected by the SU Horticulture Department from Salisbury University’s Campus.

More information about Amber Robles-Gordon can be found here.

For more information about the workshop, talk or residency, contact SU Art Galleries at: 410-548-2547 or email


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