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Amy Cheng has established a thriving three part career as a painter, a professor, and a public artist. Cheng received her BFA in 1978 from the University of Texas at Austin and her MFA in 1982 from Hunter College. Throughout her professional career, Cheng has been granted multiple residency fellowships in the United States and in Spain, along with an Arts International Travel grant to China. Currently, Cheng is teaching at the State University of New York, New Paltz, as an Associate Professor in painting. She has also taught and lectured at other institutions of higher learning such as Bard College, Princeton, Vassar, and Hunter College. In 2000, Cheng was a finalist for a public artwork in the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport STEP Nine Columns/Nine Artists Project.