Ambreen Butt was born in 1969in Lahore, Pakistan, and received her BFA in traditional Indian and Persian miniature painting from the National College of Arts in Lahore. In 1993, she moved to the United States, where she attended the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston and earned her MFA in painting in 1997.
Since completing her studies, Butt has exhibited her work widely in solo and group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally. In the US, her work has been shown at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona; and the USC Asia Pacific Museum, Pasadena, California. She has also exhibited at the Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel, Germany; the National Art Gallery in Islamabad, Pakistan; and the Sunshine Museum in Beijing, China.
Butt has received numerous awards, including the Brother Thomas Fellowship from the Boston Foundation, the Maud Morgan Prize from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant and a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts in Ontario. In 1999, she was the first-ever recipient of the James and Audrey Foster Prize, which was awarded by the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston; the same year, she was also an artist-in-residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Her work is included in leading public and private US collections, such as the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; the Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts; the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire; and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts, amongst others.
The artist lives and works in Dallas, Texas.