Amanda Breitbach is a photographer and multi-media artist whose research focuses on the complex relationships between people and land. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX.
Breitbach grew up on a family farm and ranch in eastern Montana and attended Montana State University, graduating in 2004 with degrees in photography and French. Following graduation, she was an agroforestry volunteer with the United States Peace Corps in Guinea, West Africa for two years. She worked as a newspaper photographer/reporter and as a freelance writer for five years before attending graduate school at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she completed her Master of Fine Arts degree in 2016.
Breitbach co-wrote a successful grant that helped develop Art at Cedar Point, a program that blends art and science at UNL’s biological field station in western Nebraska and was the program coordinator from 2016-17. She was a graduate fellow at the interdisciplinary Center for Great Plains Studies from 2014-16 and received a national fellowship from the Joy of Giving Something Foundation/Imagining America in 2014. She was also a founding member of the UNL Social Practice Coalition, a collective of artists and activists interested in blurring the lines between art, performance, political activism, community organizing, and environmentalism, and has curated several group exhibits focusing on gender and social justice. Her work has been exhibited at the Great Plains Art Museum, the Eisentrager-Howard and Prescott Galleries in Lincoln, Nebraska, the Rourke Gallery in Moorhead, Minnesota, the University of Kansas Art and Design Gallery in Lawrence, the Clarridge Gallery in Bellevue, Washington, Waterworks Gallery in Miles City, Montana, and the Emerson Cultural Center in Bozeman, Montana. Exhibitions of her project Land/People are scheduled at the Duluth Art Institute and the Rozsa Gallery at Michigan Technical University in Fall 2018.