Amalia Amaki (b. July 8, 1949) is an Atlanta-born artist, curator, critic, and educator. She obtained her second B.A. (1980) from the University of New Mexico in Photography and Art History while working as a museum assistant. Later, she earned an M.A. (1992) and Ph.D. (1994) in Twentieth Century American Art and Culture from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Amaki has taught at multiple colleges and universities across the United States, including at Spelman College, Morehouse College, and Atlanta College of Art right here in Atlanta. Alongside teaching, Amaki has been heavily involved in the museum circuit, holding board member and curatorial positions at various museums over the years.
Amaki’s art explores the lives and culture of African women of the Diaspora. She expertly combines photography, boxes, quilts, found objects, and embellishments to capture the dichotomy between the realities and histories of Black women and the portrayal of these women in the media. Her work can be found in numerous public and corporate collections, including here at MOCA GA, The High Museum, GA, Museum of Fine Arts, TX, King & Spalding, Minnesota Museum of Art, MN, and the University of Delaware, DE. Amaki had also received commissions for projects from SCLC Women, the Coca Cola Company, the High Museum’s Creative Hearts Youth Art Community Quilt Project, and more. Among her numerous awards, she has notably earned a National Black Arts Festival Artist Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellow in Photography, and an Emory University Alumni Award of Distinction.