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Amy Sands

  • Associate Professor


  • Master of Fine Arts, Fine Arts
    Pratt Institute

Recent and upcoming courses

Summer 2022


Amy Sands is Associate Professor of Studio Arts and Chair of the Fine Arts Department. She joined Metro State as Community Faculty in 2009 and as Resident Faculty of Studio Arts in 2017. Throughout her tenure she has grown the areas of drawing and painting and developed two new areas of digital arts and printmaking. With these new areas, she has also expanded the footprint of classroom space including the new Digital Media Annex which houses specialized technologies and a new printshop in the Fine Arts Studio.

Sands has established relationships with community organizations such as Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center and REM5 virtual laboratory. She has also served on the advisory board of Solidarity Street Gallery, a street festival focused on solidarity and social justice.

Her work has been exhibited widely at local, national, and international venues including a solo exhibit entitled Lace Reimagined at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis; Prints Tokyo 2012, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum; the International Printmaking Biennial of Douro, Portugal; and the International Biennial Print Exhibit: 2020 R.O.C. at The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. Her work has been internationally recognized, including First Prize ~ Mini Print III International Cantabria/Impact 10 in Santander, Spain; Juror’s Choice Award ~ Awagami International Miniature Print Exhibition 2017, Tokushima, Japan; First Place ~ Home exhibition at the Rourke Art Museum, Moorhead, MN. She is a recipient of the 2020 MN State Arts Board Grant, 2019 Springboard for the Arts Art in the Public Realm grant, and a 2018 Springboard for the Arts Bottineau Boulevard grant.

In past employment, Prof. Sands was a faculty member of Minneapolis College of Art and Design for over fifteen years, a Visiting Professor at Macalester College, and a number of other private and public institutions. Amy has a BA degree in Art and Communications from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN and an MFA degree from Pratt Institute, NY, NY. Sands' work is represented by Muriel Guépin Gallery, NY, NY, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA and Base Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. More information about her professional artwork can be found at

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