Amalia Amaki

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Amalia Amaki
Lynda Faye Peek

(1949-07-08) July 8, 1949 (age 69)[1]
Known forMixed media
AwardsDistinguished Alumni Award from Emory University College of Arts and Sciences[2]

Amalia K. Amaki (born Linda Faye Peek, July 8, 1949) is an African-American artist, art historian, educator, film critic and curator who recently resided in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where she was Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa from 2007 to 2012.[3][4][5]


Linda Faye Peek was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the fourth of six daughters. Her father, Norman Vance Peek, was a singer with the Deep South Boys of Macon, Georgia.[5] She was a creative child and knew from a young age that she wanted to be an artist. She met African American painter Hale Woodruff, whom she cited as an influence on her work, when she was about 10 years old and made her first sale at the age of 13.[3] She created still lifes from yarn and burlap bags that were included in a furniture display at Rich's Department Store in Atlanta. When a customer purchased the furniture, he assumed that her work was included in the sale.[3]

Peek graduated from Georgia State University in Atlanta in 1971 with a B.A. degree in journalism and psychology.[5] She changed her name to Amalia K. Amaki in 1978 just prior to moving to New Mexico where she obtained a B.A. degree from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in photography and art history. Amaki earned her M.A. degree (1992) in modern European and American art and a Ph.D. (1994) in twentieth-century American art and culture from Emory University in Atlanta.[3] Amaki has taught art history at Spelman College, Morehouse College and Atlanta College of Art in Atlanta, Georgia; Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia; and North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega, Georgia. In 2001, she became Curator of the Paul R. Jones Collection of African American Art at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware where she was on the faculty in the Art History and Black Studies Departments until 2007.[3] After leaving that position, she taught art, art history, and visual studies at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama until 2012.[3]


Amaki's art work explores African-American life and culture through the use of photography frequently inlaid in boxes, quilts, and fans. She embellishes these pieces with found objects, like buttons, beads, flowers, and bits of fabric. Amaki first started working with buttons as a child, when her mother gave her buttons to play with because marbles were too boyish.[6] Her work also includes photo (cyanotype) quilts and large scale digital photographs on fabric where portraiture is used as conduits to discussions of commercial profiling, cultural branding, and methods of advancing cultural assumptions.


Amaki's works of art can be found in numerous private art collections throughout the world, and are included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in Houston, Texas; the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia; the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul, Minnesota; the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware; the Albany Museum of Art in Albany, Georgia, the Hammonds House Museum in Atlanta, Georgia; the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA-GA) in Atlanta, Georigia[4] and the Tubman African American Museum in Macon, Georgia, among others.




  1. ^ Georgia Council for the Arts. Georgia Artists. Georgia Council for the Arts. pp. 4–5. ISBN 0615297579.
  2. ^ Georgia Council for the Arts. Georgia Artists. Georgia Council for the Arts. pp. 4–5. ISBN 0615297579.
  3. ^ a b c d e Valigursky, Michelle (March 2014). "Homage to Creative Genius". EmoryWire. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Amalia Amaki". MOCA GA. 2002–2018. Retrieved March 16, 2018.CS1 maint: Date format (link)
  5. ^ a b c "Amalia Amaki". HistoryMakers: The Nation's Largest African American Video Oral History Collection. 2018. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  6. ^ editor Bergman, Nora Poling (2005). Amalia Amaki: Boxes, Buttons, and the Blues. National Museum of Women in the Arts and Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. ISBN 0-295-98541-0.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  7. ^ "Amalia Amaki: Boxes, Buttons and the Blues". June 11, 2005. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  8. ^ Sorrow, Kristi (January 22, 2014). "Internationally-recognized artist Amalia Amaki showcasing new artwork at The Art Gallery at Eissey Campus". Palm Beach State College News Center. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  9. ^ "Shorter University hosting mixed media artist Amalia Amaki and Homage exhibit". Rome News-Tribune. Feb 16, 2011. Retrieved March 16, 2018.

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