Amy Whitaker teaches and writes about the intersection of art, business, and everyday life. She is a full-time member of the Art Business faculty at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York, where she teaches a year-long core course that the Financial Times called a “mini-MBA.” Amy holds an MBA from Yale and an MFA in oil painting from the Slade School of Fine Art in London.
She teaches and lectures widely, including at The School of Visual Arts, The Rhode Island School of Design, California College of the Arts, Williams College, and Trade School, a social-practice school founded by artists. She also led the first professional development series at the New Museum Incubator this fall. Her teaching has been cited in the Financial Times, Forbes, Corporate Counsel, The Awl, the New York Times Cityroom Blog, and elsewhere. She has also worked in museums including the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art, and Tate, as well as for the artist Jenny Holzer, for the investment firm D.E. Shaw & Co., L.P., and as an Olin Fellow in Economics at the Yale School of Management.
Amy is the author of the book Museum Legs (Hol Art Books, 2009), an essay collection about the creative life of museums and the public life of art. Museum Legs was included in the Authors@Google program, recommended by the Association of Art Museum Directors, and chosen as freshman read at RISD in 2010. She is currently writing a book on creative process in the market economy for HarperCollins.