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An Offering Of Economics As A Creative Tool
Author, Faculty Member at New York University

Course Description 

Why should artists care about economics? Amy Whitaker—an author, artist, and educator who holds an MFA and MBA—is acutely aware of the challenges and opportunities posed by the intersection of art and economics. Through an introduction to key economic concepts, Amy offers artists and designers frameworks to consider while building, sustaining, and growing a practice. Sensitive to artistic processes and motivations, she makes vivid and astute connections between the two disciplines, revealing numerous ways to reframe each as a creative tool for empowerment.

This course consists of a one-hour lecture and hours of research opportunity.

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Amy Whitaker
Author, Faculty Member at New York University
Holding an MFA and an MBA, Amy studies the friction between art and business and proposes new structures to support economic sustainability for artists. Her third book, Economics of Visual Arts, was published in the fall of 2021 by Cambridge University Press. Amy is also author of two other books, Museum Legs and Art Thinking. Serving on the arts administration faculty at NYU, Amy researches what would happen if artists retained equity in their work. Her work on fractional equity has appeared in Management Science (with Kraussl) in the "Fast Track" intended for "high-impact research that is of broad interest.”
Amy's work has been featured in The Guardian, Harpers, The Atlantic, the Financial Times, Artforum, and The Art Newspaper. Her early work with the artists' cooperative project Trade School was covered in the New York Times and The New Yorker. She speaks widely including at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Meaning Conference (Brighton, UK), and The Conference (Malmö, Sweden). She has taught at Williams College, the Rhode Island School of Design, the School of Visual Arts, and California College of the Arts, and is a past recipient of the Sarah Verdone Writing Award from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
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