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Amy Whitaker

Assistant Professor of Visual Arts Administration

Art and Art Professions

Amy Whitaker is an assistant professor in Visual Arts Administration and a longstanding researcher, teacher, and mentor at the intersections of art, economics, and politics.

Amy is author of the books Art Thinking (Harper Business) and Museum Legs (Hol Art Books) and of numerous scholarly articles, artists' projects, white papers, and essays. Holding both an MFA and an MBA, Amy has written business-for-artists curricula for the New Museum Incubator and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and taught art-economics classes at Williams College, the School of Visual Arts, California College of the Arts, and the Sotheby's Institute. Amy is a past president of the Professional Organization for Women in the Arts and a past mentor for the TED Fellows program. She began her career in art museums including the Guggenheim, MoMA, and Tate, and worked after art school for the hedge fund manager D.E. Shaw & Co., L.P.

Her research and teaching have been featured in the New York Times, the Financial Times, Harper's, the Atlantic, Art Forum, the Art Newspaper, Artsy, Forbes, the Boston Globe, Vanity Fair, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Amy is at work on a new book on the economics of visual art.

Selected Publications

Shared Value over Fair Use: Technology, Added Value, and the Reinvention of Copyright, Cardozo Art and Entertainment Law Journal, vol. 37, no. 3, 635-657. (2019).

Economic Provenance: The Financial Analysis of Art Historical Records, Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies, vol. 6, no. 27. (2019).

Blockchain, Fractional Ownership, and the Future of Creative WorkGoethe University Center for Financial Studies, Working Paper No. 594. with Roman Kräussl. (2018; revised 2019). 

Artist as Owner Not Guarantor: The Art Market from the Artist’s Point of ViewVisual Resources, vol. 34, no. 1-2, 48-64.Whitaker, A. (2018).

Partnership Strategies for Creative Placemaking in Teaching Entrepreneurial ArtistsArtivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts, vol. 6, no. 2, 23-31 (2017).

Ownership for Artists, in The Social Life of Artistic Property. With Pablo Helguera, Michael Mandiberg, William Powhida, and Caroline Woolard. (2014).


Artists Are Entrepreneurs. We Should Compensate Them Accordingly. Artsy, August 14, 2018. (with contribution from Kräussl).

The Eureka Moment That Made Bitcoin Possible. Wall Street Journal, Review, May 26-27, 2018, p. C18.

Empathy and Its Discontents. e-flux, February 16, 2017.

Why Teach Business to Artists? Hyperallergic, July 20, 2016.

Coding Is an Art: Software People Should Learn "Art Thinking." Fast Company, October 2, 2013.

The Obscure Early Lives of the Artists. The Millions, January 2, 2013.


Visual Arts Administration

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