Emma Amos was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1938. After earning undergraduate degrees from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and the Central School of Art in London, England, Amos pursued her Master of Fine Arts degree at New York University, New York City. She became involved with Robert BlackburnԳ Printmaking Workshop, Inc., in New York City, and in the 1960s was invited to join Spiral, a group of prominent artists including Romare Bearden and Charles Alston, whose goal was to address African-American issues through art.
Influenced by Abstract Expressionism and the Civil Rights movement, Amos became interested in the politics of culture and issues of racism, sexism, and ethnocentrism. Trained in weaving, textile design, and printmaking, Amos creates multimedia artworks with multiple meanings. For example, incorporating fabrics such as Kente cloth evokes a sense of pride in African cultural heritage.
A distinguished artist, Amos has received many awards, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation. Presently, Amos is a professor at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Colgate-Palmolive Collection, NY; The Columbia Museum, Columbia, SC; Dade County Museum of Art, FL; The Ford Foundation; The Forbes Collection; Johnson and Johnson Inc., Art Collection, New Brunswick, NJ; Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Minnesota Museum of Art, New York, NY; New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ; Newark Museum, NJ; Rutgers University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ; Skandinaviska Enskilda Bankn,
Stockholm, Sweden; Schomburg Collection, New York Public Library;
Spelman College, Atlanta, GA; Studio Museum of Harlem, NY; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT; Williams College Art Museum, MA; College of Wooster Art Museum; Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ