Amber R. Chesebro was born in Narragansett, Rhode Island and moved to New Harbor, Maine when she was 6 years old. At the age of 20 she moved back to Rhode Island and began taking community college art classes, determined to build a portfolio and getting accepted into Rhode Island School of Design's Jewelry program. Within a year she was offered a half Scholarship by RISD and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 2008. While at RISD, Chesebro was also awarded the jewelry department's award of excellence, the Dorothy Nisbet Kison Scholarship. Her jewelry has exhibited extensively in the New England area in fine stores such as the Didi Suydam gallery in Newport, Rhode Island. She now lives and works in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she has been working to develop her first complete line of jewelry.
RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN, Providence, RI, class of 2008
UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND, Kingston, RI, 2004-2005
Classes in printmaking, drawing, 2D studio, 3D studio, art history, English
COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND, Warwick, RI, 2004 (spring semester only)
Classes in philosophy, psychology, English, writing composition
AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS
G.H. & A.D. SIMPSON SCHOLARSHIP
Merit based scholarship from the RISD Jewelry & Metalsmithing Department
RISD SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Merit and need based scholarship
THE FRANCES PICKENS AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Hawaii Craftsmen’s 43rd Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition
Hawaii Craftsmen’s 43rd Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2010
“Beauty Overlooked” Gallery HL, Seoul, South Korea, 2010 42nd Hawai’I Craftsmen Statewide Juried Annual Exhibition Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2009
“Land & Sea” Peggy Chun Gallery. Honolulu, HI, 2009
'The Artists' Way,' Honolulu Advertiser. July 26, 2009
DIDI SUYDAM CONTEMPORARY
Newport, RI, 2007
BENCHWORKER: Worked on jewelry pieces for established jeweler and gallery owner, Didi Suydam. Duties included soldering, casting cleanup, assembly of pieces, helping in design decisions, repair work, etc.
PRIYA HIMATSINGKA, Providence, RI, winter 2007
INTERN: Assisted in fabricating production pieces of jewelry from start to finish, as well as helping with design decisions.
SELF EMPLOYED JEWELER, Providence, RI, 2005 – Present