Spector earned his BA in Art from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1972, and his MFA with the Committee on Art and Design at the University of Chicago in 1978. Spector received the Distinguished Teaching of Art Award from the College Art Association in 2013. Among his other recognitions are a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship in 1991 and National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships in 1982, 1985, and 1991. Spector is Professor of Art in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.
Buzz Spector is an artist and critical writer whose artwork has been the subject of solo exhibitions in such museums and galleries as the Art Institute of Chicago; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana University, Bloomington; Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV; and the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA. Spector’s work makes frequent use of the book, both as subject and object, and is concerned with relationships between public history, individual memory, and perception.