Emma Amos was born in Atlanta. She earned a BA from Antioch College, OH; a diploma from the Central School of Art and Design, London; and an MFA from New York University. Amos taught at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, from 1980 to 2008, serving as department chair from 2005 to 2007. She served on the Board of Governors of Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ME, and in the National Academy Museum, New York City. Amos’ work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York City; Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT; Philadelphia Museum of Art; New Jersey State Museum, Trenton; and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, among others.