Amanda Burnham

Professor, 2D Foundations Area Coordinator

Prof. Amanda Burnham

Contact Info

Center for the Arts, Room 4015
Weekdays by appointments or by hours posted on office door.


Harvard University, BA
Visual and Environmental Studies (Magna Cum Laude with Highest Honors), 2001

Yale University School of Art, MFA
Painting and Printmaking, 2007

Areas of Expertise

Drawing, Painting


Amanda Burnham is interested in cities, systems, and the dark humor to be found in modern life; she makes drawings, artist books, and large site specific installations. The latter works are usually composed of hundreds of quick, gestural, acrylic paint sketches made with a fat brush that are then cut and collaged onto both built armatures and the existing surfaces of a space; these are sometimes further animated with embedded lighting. The effect is somewhere between a comic book and a stage set.

Burnham’s work has been exhibited widely. Selected venues include the Berman Museum (PA), the Phillips Museum (PA), the Delaware Contemporary, the American University Art Museum (DC), the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art (CT), the Toledo Museum of Art (OH), the Gershman Gallery (Philadelphia), Volta (Basel, Switzerland), Marianne Boesky Gallery (NYC), Benrimon Contemporary (NYC), and Dorsch Gallery (Miami). Among numerous honors, she is a three time recipient of Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Art Council, and a Rubys Grant recipient. Selected residencies include the Embassy of Foreign Artists (Geneva, Switzerland), the Swatch Art Peace Hotel (Shanghai, China), and Paper Machine (New Orleans, LA). Her artist book “Quorum Call” was published by Antenna in 2018; a self published artist book, “Rage Faces”, is part of the permanent collections of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the New York Public Library. Burnham holds a Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking from the Yale University School of Art.

Courses Taught

  • ART 103: 2D Process
  • ART 106: Drawing for Non-Art Majors
  • ART 146: Honors Drawing for Non-Art Majors
  • ART 211: Drawing, Observation and Invention
  • ART 212: Visual Concepts
  • ART 351: Writing About Art
  • ART 370: Special Topics
  • ART 372: Advanced Drawing
  • ART 402: Life Drawing and Anatomy
  • ART 497: Senior Project
  • ART 498: BFA Project
  • ART 715: MFA Studio I
  • ART 783: MFA Seminar
  • ART 784: Seminar on College-Level Teaching
  • ART 880: MFA Project