Amber Hasselbring CV

Amber Hasselbring
Born in Colorado, 1979
Lives and works in San Francisco


2012 – present



2011 – present


2007 – present













2006 – 2007














2003 – 2006


2003 – 2005













































TIGERS ON MARKET STREET: A Remarkable Story of Adaptation for San Francisco’s Largest Butterfly in collaboration with Liam O’Brien.
Proposal to add additional larval food trees, nectar flowers, and water resources to bolster the existing Market Street habitat that supports the Western Tiger Butterfly (Papilio rutulus) and other urban insects, birds and invertebrates.

URBAN HEDGEROW in collaboration with Lisa Lee Benjamin, Colleen Smith, Tim Armstrong, Constantine Konstantakis, Blaze Gonzalez and other artists.
Urban wildlife habitat workshops, presentations, sculptures, and public art.

MISSION GREENBELT PROJECT with support from, Livable City, Mark Sanchez, Mission Merchants Association, Mission Roots, Nature in the City, PlantSF, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, SF Department of Public Works, SF Environment, SF Parks Trust, SF Recreation & Parks Department, Sangati Center, Sunset Scavenger Co., University of California Blake & Botanical Gardens, and World Savvy.
Ongoing urban earthwork of sidewalk gardens, planted with California native and other drought-tolerant plants. Gardens attract wildlife, relieve the city’s water treatment system, and encourage cooperation. Proposed route connects Mission District parks and open spaces between Dolores Park (19th & Dolores) and Franklin Square Park (16th & Bryant).

RENAMING BUSH STREET with Jerome Grand and Eric Savage.
Street work consisted of conducting a survey over four days at four different locations along San Francisco’s Bush Street. The resulting surveys, photographs and writing, were published and exhibited.

MCLAREN PARK EARTH DAY with Nature in the City (April 22, 2007).
On the occasion of the first McLaren Park Earth Day, naturalists, artists, educators and activists transformed San Francisco’s John McLaren Park into an outdoor ecological classroom and festival space. The day was complete with activities and events that included habitat restoration and tree planting, music, a history of earth day library, nature walks, performance art, and earth-centered presentations for children and adults.

PLAY A POEM FOR THE EARTH with musical score by Kristen Miltner (April 22, 2007) .
This sequential list of simple actions was read aloud to participating audience members. The intention of the work was to heighten participants’ sensitivities to the sounds, sights and experiences of one another and the McLaren Park natural environment.

These watercolor drawings are a personal investigation of the effects of sounds in the urban environment.

A TRIMMING START: CHOOSE TO REUSE with Katina Papson and Neighborhood Public Radio at Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA (December 9, 2006).

ANGEL ISLAND ART & ECOLOGY FESTIVAL with Chris Giorni, Linda Ann Vorobik, Suzanne Lacy, Cliff Caruthers & Kristin Miltner, Anna Halprin’s Sea Ranch Collective, Katina Papson & Petrushka Bazin, Nicole Krauch, Anthony Carrillo, Minnette Lehmann, Isaac Amala & Liz Simpson, Satoru Nihei, Debbie Au and Lori Gordon. Angel Island State Park, CA (September 16, 2006).
An ecological artwork / outdoor festival including dance works, performances, artworks and readings that explored the island’s natural ecosystem and cultural history.

ART ON BART: AN ARTIST GUIDED TOUR OF THE BAY AREA URBAN ECOSYSTEM with Lori Gordon, Nicole Krauch, Jessamyn Lovell, Bill Owens, Rick Prelinger, Temescal Amity Works, Levana Saxon, Jenny Selgrath and Toph Woodward (October 1, 2005).
A daylong artwork onboard Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) that included performances, readings, music and activism. Starting in San Francisco and riding each train line to its end, the artwork investigated the urban ecosystem: commuter towns, radio transmissions, bodies of water, highways within the industrial, rural and natural areas that make up the Bay Area.

I STAND with video by Monja Merkel and photographs by Rob Yepez (November 6, 2004).
A street action intended to amass a group of people at the intersection of 5th and Market Streets in San Francisco. This intersection is a margin between the bustling financial district and an area of homelessness, sex shops and drug trading. I stood at this location from sunrise until sundown, made available markers and adhesive labels printed ‘I STAND’, and participants were asked to write a pronunciation onto a label and hold vigil.

A Map of Water in Arid Regions:  Reverberations of San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas
An artwork using photography, mapping, audio field recordings, and collage works to document man-made waterways in California, Nevada and Arizona.

Color Field Postcards
Intending to evoke responsive communication, I distributed hundreds of small photo/text works in person and in the mail. I arranged duplicate photographs into colorful grids, placing them between two pieces of sewn vinyl, each measuring 4 x 5’. The responses were placed in another vinyl panel. Altogether, these panels represent two years of making art to communicate.

Dawn Pelletier, Kristan Chew, Cathleen Weggler and Marina Eddy
While a BFA student at Maine College of Art, I worked with four women who were healing from trauma, clinical depression, cancer, loss and disease to generate an art installation that incorporated handmade artist’s books and photographs.

West Oakland
A photo documentary project about the people living around the Port of Oakland, CA.

The Big Dig
A photo documentary project about the Central Artery / Tunnel Project or “Big Dig” in Boston, MA.

MISSION GREENBELT CAMPAIGN HEADQUARTERS San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA (November 10 – December 22, 2007) (Solo exhibition, Reviewed)


Sin & Redemption SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA
(Jul 14 – Aug 23)

Third Strike: 100 Performances for The Hole SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA (December 10, 2011)

Reclaim Market Street! Sidewalk Intervention Studio for Urban Projects, San Francisco, CA (October 8, 2011)

Art in Storefronts: Swallowtails & Sycamores San Francisco Arts Commission public art, 1089 Market Street, San Francisco, CA (May 13 – August 13, 2011)

The Beesnicks LiVE WORK, San Francisco, CA (October 23, 2010 – October, 2011)

Mirror Images Silverman Gallery, organized by Charles L. Moffett, San Francisco, CA. April 28, 2010.

Art in Storefronts, The Mission (Lower 24th Street Corridor) Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development and Triple Base Gallery, San Francisco, CA (November 20, 2009 – January 31, 2010) (Reviewed)

HOME IS SOMETHING I CARRY WITH ME 3352 24th St. / 951 Shotwell St. / 348 Shotwell St., San Francisco, CA (September 4 – 6, 2009) (Reviewed)

Land. Liberty. Sunshine. Stamina. PLAySPACE Gallery, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA (April 6 – 30, 2009) / The Spare Room Project, San Francisco, CA (May 1 – 15, 2009) (Reviewed)

Overlap in Green THE GARAGE BIENNALE 2008, San Francisco, CA (November 8, 2008)

HOPELESS & OTHERWISE Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA (May 23 – July 3, 2008) (Reviewed)

Pathogeographies (Or, Other People’s Baggage) University of Illinois at Chicago, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL (June 15 – July 7, 2007) (Reviewed)

SOUND EXCHANGE Grothaus+Pearl Gallery, Kansas City, MO (January 5 – February 24, 2007) (Reviewed)

“What’s The Story” PLAySPACE Gallery, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA (Fall 2006)

Black Market Auction Independent School of Art, San Francisco, CA

Epic Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA (November 12 – December 16, 2004)

Post Postcard The Lab, San Francisco, CA

Reading Room Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

Senior Thesis Exhibition Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

Next Generation II Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME

Virulence City of Portland Public Art, Western Promenade, Portland, ME

Bees and Pollination Ecology of Spring Wildflowers, Instructors Gordon Frankie and Robin Thorpe, Friends of the Jepson Herbarium (weekend workshop).
Insect Biology and Identification (1), Instructor John Hafernik, Sierra Nevada Field Campus (weeklong course)
Maine College of Art, BFA, Portland, ME.
California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland and San Francisco, CA.
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
Colorado Mountain College, Aspen, CO.


Repurpose the Street: Mission Greenbelt & Related Projects. The Sustainability Review. Issue Two, Volume Three. February 9, 2012. Retrieved from

World Savvy Sustainable Communities Collaborator’s Guide. World Savvy, San Francisco, CA. 2010.

GARAGE BIENNALE. Greenbelt Puzzle. Radical Practices Press, San Francisco, CA. 2010.

Where the Concrete is Cracked. Page work / door tag for IMAGES Nr. 3. Steven Leiber, San Francisco, CA. January 2010.

Renaming Bush Street. Self-published with Jerome Grand and Eric Savage, 2007.

Perris, A Place to Remember. Donning Company, Virginia Beach, VA. 2007.

An Ecosystems Centered Plan for Organizing McLaren Park Earth Day. Article written by Amber Hasselbring for, the online museum for environmental art.

ART on BART, An artist guided tour of the San Francisco Bay Area Urban Ecosystem. Self-published, 2005.


Seedfund, San Francisco, CA. (support Tigers on Market Street)
Seedfund, San Francisco, CA. (support Mission Greenbelt)
San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery Winter Workshop, San Francisco, CA.
Anderson Ranch Arts Center Fellowship, Snowmass, CO.
Albert K. Murray Fine Arts Educational Fund, Adamsville, OH.
Irving B. Ellis and Judy Ellis Glickman Endowed Scholarship, Portland, ME.
Merit Scholarship, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME.