Amy Gogarty was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and immigrated to Canada in 1972. She attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and studied painting at the Alberta College of Art and the University of Calgary (MFA 1989). Her paintings address issues of representation as manifested in museums, archives, language and memory. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions including L’arbre de Diderot (Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary 1999); Iris, Messenger of the Gods (Alberta Biennial 2000), Dreamy (Calgary 2001); Spread (Calgary, 2003) and Hand Read (Medicine Hat, 2004). She taught visual art history and theory and ceramics history at the Alberta College of Art and Design from 1990 to 2006. In 2006, she relocated to Vancouver, where she works as an independent researcher, writer and artist. She has participated in numerous national and international academic panels and published over 80 reviews, catalogue and critical essays on issues arising in craft disciplines. She co-edited two significant anthologies relating to craft: Utopic Impulses: Contemporary Ceramics Practice, with Ruth Chambers and Mireille Perron, and Craft Perception and Practice vol. 3, with Paula Gustafson and Nïsse Gustafson, both published in 2007 by Ronsdale Press. In June of 2009, she was the invited artist/writer at the Medalta International Artist-in-Residence ceramics program in Medicine Hat, Alberta, as it celebrated its move into new facilities. Her essay "Ceramics, Dissolution and Weak Thought: Towards a New Understanding of Practice," in Cahiers métiers d’art-Craft Journal (Spring 2010) received the received the 2011Craft Journal Essay Writing Award. She is the invited curator of Greg Payce: Illusions at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art in Toronto, and she will be chairing a panel, Ceramics at the Edge of Form, at the 2012 NCECA in Seattle. She serves on the boards of the North-West Ceramics Foundation and Potters Guild of British Columbia in Vancouver.