Amy Tyler

Art has managed to be a constant in much of Amy Tyler's life.

Amy, a six-year member of the Friends of the Snite Museum board of directors and its past secretary, is by profession a nurse. However, for the past five years, she has been pursuing her bachelor of fine arts degree at the Art Institute of Chicago.

"I grew up in Indianapolis with a single mom and realized the importance of a good, stable career," she says of her decision to become a nurse. Even as a student at DePauw University, Greencastle, she did take art classes, acknowledging that "art took a hobby form.  I put my love of art on the back burner."

After she and her husband, Matthew, started their family, Amy's focus shifted to children and volunteering. They have three children, Brian, 16, a sophomore at St. Joseph's High School, and Jack, 14, and Hannah, 12, at Schmucker Middle School.  Life is busier than ever, juggling the kids' activities, volunteer work -- much of it now with the kids' schools -- and driving to Chicago for her own classes.

"When I turned 40, I realized I needed to make some decisions -- go back to work or go back to school," she says. 

School won out and she finds herself enjoying studio work in three mediums -- ceramics, fiber art and painting -- as well as art history. "I love all forms of art. It has been therapeutic for me since I wasn't forced to focus on it."

Friends of the Snite Museum has been a perfect fit for her. "I want to see the arts thrive in our community and the Friends is a good way to contribute," she says. In addition to being secretary, she has worked on the Christmas benefit and on the nominating committee. But she believes that what she's given to the Snite isn't as much as what the Snite has given to her.

"My continued exposure to the Snite Museum and what it has to offer our community, has educated me and helped me progress in my own artistic journey".


Becky Emmons, Friends Board of Directors

April 2015