Sustainer Lecture: Open Your Eyes! Amy Herman and the Art of Perception
On Thursday, October 20, the Sustainer Evening committee hosted Amy Herman, author of Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life. This was Amy’s second presentation at the NYJL. While attendees enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and beverages, Amy discussed the importance of sharpening our observation, analytical and communication skills through the use of works of art.
Amy designed and developed The Art of Perception while working as Head of Education at The Frick Collection. She initiated the program for medical students to improve their observation skills. After expanding the medical program to seven medical schools in New York, Amy was asked to adapt the program for law enforcement professionals. Today her program is widely used across a broad range of agencies including the New York City Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Justice and the Secret Service.
A self-described “recovering lawyer,” Amy holds an MA in Art History from Hunter College. Her latest collaborations include working with the Baltimore Police Department and Scotland Yard. During the interactive presentation, Amy shared the exciting news that her program will be the basis for a television crime drama which is currently in development.
Amy’s personal story of breast cancer survivorship is compelling and inspirational. Upon receiving the diagnosis, Amy informed her doctors that “dying is not an option.” Amy recently concluded several rounds of chemotherapy and is optimistic about her future, which includes her fourteen-year-old son.