Amy Cook is a doctoral candidate in the inaugural class of The Institute for Doctoral Studies in Visual Art, America's first Ph.D. for artists. She received her M.A. in Visual Art and Design from Vermont College and her B.S. in Education from the University of Georgia. She also studied art at The Penland School of Crafts. She is a licensed educator with endorsements in visual art, general education, and early childhood with fifteen years of service in public schools. She also has experience with nonprofit organizations and has served as affiliate faculty at UI&U since 2002.
Amy provides critical organization strategies, historical frameworks, and technical support as well as approaches to business practices often neglected in the education of an artist. She is aware of the crippling fear often associated with artistic study and production and emphasizes ways to forge an alliance with one's creative process in order to address the goals of scholarship in art and, indeed, to enhance the role of creativity throughout one's life.
Amy is a multi-media artist and interior designer. She is a southern woman who has lived in Vermont since 1996, trying desperately to thicken both her skin and her blood! Alas, she retreats to Amicus, her studio along the Lamoille River where she can be found singing, dancing, laughing, gardening, painting, crying, meditating, cooking, writing, and swimming.