Whitaker, Amy

Arts business educator and writer Amy Whitaker addresses creative economics and the possibilities of the intersections of art and business.

“I think part of my purpose in life with regard to the arts is to say that understanding business is not automatically a form of selling out. It’s another thing to be creative with, and it’s another thing to practice according to your own personal set of ethics.”

Amy Whitaker is on faculty at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, teaching and writing about the intersection of art, business, and daily life. She completed a B.A. at Williams College, an M.F.A. at Slade School of Fine Art, and an M.B.A. at Yale University. Whitaker previously taught economics and entrepreneurship at the Rhode Island School of Design, California College of the Arts, and Williams College, and she has worked at the Tate, the Guggenheim, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She is the author of Museum Legs: Fatigue and Hope in the Face of Art (2009).