Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, Amanda Cooper received a BA in Art History from the University of Florida in 1997. Since 1999, she has worked as Curator of Exhibitions at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, organizing over 400 exhibitions, including works in all media by students, established and emerging artists and children. She has also served as juror for various art exhibitions including Dunedin Art Harvest, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards exhibition, Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, FolkFest St. Pete, Melbourne Arts Festival, ArtFest Fort Myers, Ocala Arts Festival and the Pinellas Association of Visual Artists Cool Art Show. She has served on art panels for Pinellas County and the State of Florida, awarding several public art projects and individual artist grants. She lives in St. Pete with her husband, three children, and two cats. .