The Art of Perception is a professional development workshop that teaches leaders in law enforcement, medicine, finance, and the intelligence community how to enhance their observation, perception, and communication skills by learning to analyze works of art. In this highly participatory seminar, individuals reconsider their perception skills and revisit their ability to communicate concisely, effectively, and objectively in a variety of scenarios using art as the data to analyze.
Amy Herman originally developed The Art of Perception in 2000 to improve medical students’ observation and communication skills with their patients when she was the Head of Education at The Frick Collection in New York City. She subsequently adapted the program for a wide range of organizations and institutions including the New York Police Department, the FBI, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Defense, as well as for universities, Fortune 500 companies, and medical institutions. In her presentation, Ms. Herman will discuss the applicability and relevance of visual literacy across the professional spectrum and how the analysis and perception of works of art affords the participants in her program a new and innovative way to refresh their sense of inquiry and reconsider the skills necessary for effective leadership both within a company and among its clients and constituents. Ms. Herman has an AB in International Affairs, a JD, and an MA in Art History. Her book, Visual Intelligence, was published in May 2016.