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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Mixed Media Artist
Curator
Art History Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Cookies
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Santa Fe, New Mexico, Beausoleil, France
Favorite Quote:
The Glass Is Always Half Full.

Birthplace

Born:
7/8/1949
Birth Location:
Atlanta, Georgia

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Mixed Media Artist
Curator
Art History Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Cookies
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Santa Fe, New Mexico, Beausoleil, France
Favorite Quote:
The Glass Is Always Half Full.

Birthplace

Born:
7/8/1949
Birth Location:
Atlanta
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Biography

Amalia Amaki was born Linda Faye Peeks on July 8, 1949 in Atlanta, Georgia to Mary Lee and Norman Peeks, a former musician with the Deep South Boys of Macon, Georgia. Amaki developed a love for script writing, drawing, bold colors and textures at an early age. She instinctively knew that she would change her name. Amaki attended Georgia State University and majored in journalism and psychology. In 1970, she won the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Feature Writing and was the first and only African American on campus to join this journalism organization. In 1971, Amaki received her B.A. degree. She also obtained her B.A. degree from the University of New Mexico in photography and art history and worked as a museum assistant at the University Art Museum for two years while she pursued her degree. In 1974, she changed her name to Amalia Amaki.

In 1985, Amaki went to France as an Emory University Foreign Study Fellow. She also became a contributing writer to Art Papers and an art critic for Creative Loafing; papers local to the Atlanta area. Amaki earned her M.A. degree in modern European and American art and a Ph.D. in twentieth century American art and culture from Emory University in the Institute of Liberal Arts. From 1987 to 2000, she taught art history at Spelman and Morehouse Colleges; Atlanta College of Art; Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia; and North Georgia College and State University, Dahlonega, Georgia. She served as a guest curator at the Southern Arts Federation in 1996; the Museum of Fine Arts at Spelman College in 1997 and 1998; the Marietta-Cobb Museum of Art in 1999; and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in 2004. In the summer of 2004, Amaki was a visiting scholar at the Student Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence, Italy. In 2001, she became Curator of the Paul R. Jones Collection of Art and Assistant Professor of Art in the Art History and Black Studies Departments at the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware. Amaki was also a Scholar-in-Residence at Spelman College in Atlanta for the 2005 – 2006 school year.

Amaki’s art captures the lives of African women of the Diaspora through media from everyday life (photography, quilts, buttons, boxes and household items). Her work redefines the lives of past and present African American heroines and heroes and contrasts their depiction in the mainstream media. She has published a number of articles including “Art: The Paul Jones Collection in Art” and Everyday Life: The Paul Jones Collection, an exhibition catalog by the Marietta-Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, Georgia in 1999.

Amaki holds memberships in the College of Art Association, American Association of University Professors, Emory University Alumni Board of Governors, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, High Museum of Art, Georgia Museum of Art, and Spelman College Museum of Fine Arts. Her solo works, Amalia Amaki: Boxes, Buttons and Blues have also been on exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.

Amaki splits her time in Atlanta, Georgia and Newark, Delaware.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Amalia Amaki's interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Amalia Amaki lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Amalia Amaki describes her mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Amalia Amaki describes her mother's cooking
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Amalia Amaki describes her father's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Amalia Amaki describes her parents' childhoods
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Amalia Amaki describes how her parents met, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Amalia Amaki describes her father's occupations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Amalia Amaki remembers holiday celebrations from her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Amalia Amaki describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Amalia Amaki describes how her parents met, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Amalia Amaki shares how her mother began having children
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Amalia Amaki describes her mother's fear of storms
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Amalia Amaki describes her maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Amalia Amaki describes her mother's siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Amalia Amaki describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Amalia Amaki describes her father's singing career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Amalia Amaki describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Amalia Amaki recalls drawing at John Hope Elementary School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Amalia Amaki describes her childhood neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Amalia Amaki describes her childhood community in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Amalia Amaki describes her mother's role in the community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Amalia Amaki recalls attending Wheat Street Baptist Church
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Amalia Amaki describes the department stores in Atlanta, Georgia, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Amalia Amaki recalls the shoe stores in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Amalia Amaki describes the department stores in Atlanta, Georgia, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Amalia Amaki remembers the seamstress in her childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Amalia Amaki talks about Auburn Avenue in Atlanta
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Amalia Amaki lists her siblings
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Amalia Amaki explains why her mother changed her name
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Amalia Amaki remembers being teased about her name as a child
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Amalia Amaki explains how she chose her name, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Amalia Amaki explains how she chose her name, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Amalia Amaki recalls her favorite teacher at John Hope Elementary School, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Amalia Amaki recalls her favorite teacher at John Hope Elementary School, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Amalia Amaki describes her childhood personality
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Amalia Amaki describes the games she played with her siblings
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Amalia Amaki recalls playing games with her family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Amalia Amaki recalls receiving baby chickens for Easter
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Amalia Amaki describes her rebellious personality as a child
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Amalia Amaki recalls Atlanta's Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Amalia Amaki remembers her early career aspirations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Amalia Amaki describes her high school extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Amalia Amaki recalls her decision to attend Georgia State College, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Amalia Amaki recalls applying for college
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Amalia Amaki recalls her decision to attend Georgia State College, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Amalia Amaki describes her experience of studying journalism
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Amalia Amaki recalls her induction into the Society of Professional Journalists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Amalia Amaki explains her B.A. degree in journalism and psychology
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Amalia Amaki describes her experience of racial discrimination at Georgia State College
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Amalia Amaki recalls Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Amalia Amaki recalls Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Amalia Amaki remembers the death of her childhood friend
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Slating of Amalia Amaki's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Amalia Amaki describes the impact of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Amalia Amaki recalls writing for The Signal
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Amalia Amaki describes her classmates at Georgia State University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Amalia Amaki remembers inspirational speakers at Georgia State University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Amalia Amaki talks about working for Southern Airways
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Amalia Amaki describes her international travels
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Amalia Amaki describes the University of New Mexico
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Amalia Amaka recalls meeting Georgia O'Keeffe
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Amalia Amaki describes her friends in New Mexico
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Amalia Amaki describes the cultures of New Mexico
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Amalia Amaki recalls her photography professor, Betty Hahn
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Amalia Amaki recalls her printmaking professor, Garo Antreasian
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Amalia Amaki describes her additions to the University of New Mexico's museum collection
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Amalia Amaki recalls her first curatorial position
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Amalia Amaki recalls her employment while studying at Emory University
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Amalia Amaki describes her favorite artists and photographers
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Amalia Amaki describes her professors and classmates at Emory University
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Amalia Amaki remembers teaching at Spelman College and studying abroad
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Amalia Amaki recalls completing her master's degree
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Amalia Amaki talks about earning her Ph.D. degree
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Amalia Amaki recalls her assistant professorship at Spelman College
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Amalia Amaki recalls working at the University of Delaware
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Amalia Amaki recalls teaching at Studio Arts College International
  • Tape: 9 Story: 10 - Amalia Amaki describes the inspiration behind her quilts, pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Amalia Amaki explains how her button work was inspired by her childhood
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Amalia Amaki recalls how she began creating art
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Amalia Amaki recounts the first sale of a piece of her art
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Amalia Amaki describes her drawings of children with oversized eyes
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Amalia Amaki describes her button artwork, pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Amalia Amaki describes her button artwork, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Amalia Amaki shares an anecdote about her button artwork
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Amalia Amaki describes her artwork commissioned for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  • Tape: 10 Story: 9 - Amalia Amaki shares what she learned from collecting buttons
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Amalia Amaki talks about the use of buttons as currency
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Amalia Amaki describes the inspiration behind her work
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Amalia Amaki shares her ideas for future artistic projects
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Amalia Amaki describes the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art, pt. 1
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Amalia Amaki describes the Paul Jones Collection of American Art, pt. 2
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - Amalaia Amaki describes her art exhibitions
  • Tape: 11 Story: 7 - Amalia Amaki describes the collectors of her art
  • Tape: 11 Story: 8 - Amalia Amaki talks about her plans for the future
  • Tape: 11 Story: 9 - Amalia Amaki reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 11 Story: 10 - Amalia Amaki describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 12 Story: 1 - Amalia Amaki narrates her photographs