Fern Samuels received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois, and her Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art institute of Chicago. She retired from the Art Department of Columbia College Chicago, where she taught for twenty-five years as an associate professor.
Upon retirement a scholarship was established in her name to help needy art students. Samuels was a founder and past president of ARC Gallery, one of the first women’s cooperative galleries in the world.
Samuels had twenty solo exhibitions and fifteen museum shows plus numerous group shows.
She won nine first place awards during her career. She was a member of the National Society of Women Artists, a founding member of Florida Artists Group, and she’s listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who of American Women.