About Amy Herman
Amy Herman, a lawyer and art historian, uses works of art to systematically sharpen professionals' observation, analysis, and communication skills. By showing people how to look closely at painting, sculpture, and photography, she helps them hone their visual intelligence to recognize the most pertinent and useful information, and to recognize biases that impede their decision-making.
Created in 2000 when Herman was the Head of Education at The Frick Collection in New York City, The Art of Perception® originally was designed to improve medical students' observation and communication skills in a clinical setting. She subsequently adapted the program for a wide range of professionals and today, leads sessions internationally for the New York City Police Department, the FBI, the French National Police, the Department of Defense, Interpol, the State Department, Fortune 500 companies, first responders, the military, and the intelligence community.
In her highly participatory presentations, she demonstrates the relevance of visual literacy across the professional spectrum and how the analysis of works of art affords participants in her program an innovative way to refresh their sense of critical inquiry and reconsider the skills necessary for improved performance and effective leadership. The program has been widely featured in the media: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The CBS Evening News, and Smithsonian Magazine, among others.
Ms. Herman holds an A.B., a J.D., and an M.A. in art history. Her book, Visual Intelligence, was published in May 2016 and was on The New York Times and Washington Post best sellers' lists.