Amy Spitzer has worked as an artist for over 45 years. She loved to draw and paint as a child and began her journey as an adult artist after studying at Waseda University in Tokyo and living with a Japanese family during her senior year of college. The arts, which pervade Japanese culture and activities of daily living, reawakened Spitzer’s own need to express herself as a painter.
Initially studying painting and drawing at Wellesley College, Amy subsequently became a private student of acclaimed painter Richard Yarde. After returning to Chicago in 1978, she studied privately with Margaret Phillips and took a number of classes at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Over the years, she has exhibited in various national and local shows juried by notable artists, critics and curators including Eleanor Spiess-Ferris, James Yood and Phyllis Rosenzweig, Curator Emerita of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.).