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Engaging In Art With Amy Galpin

Amy Galpin’s approach towards curation is constantly evolving. “I am drawn to strong sight lines and work that is multi-layered and rich in content. I like to create moments of wonder and also provide content that people can choose to read or ignore.” Galpin has worked at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum since 2013. She previously worked as associate curator of art of the Americas at the San Diego Museum of Art, gallery coordinator at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, a non-profit gallery with a mission of promoting women’s contributions to the arts, and has held faculty positions at Depaul University, Columbia College, and University of Illinois, Chicago. Since she has been in Orlando, Galpin has facilitated many awe-inspiring and thought-provoking exhibitions at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, as well as programs providing our community with an opportunity for deeper understanding of and engagement with the arts.

Galpin has an interest in creating exhibitions that reflect current events and elicit dialogue and debate. Her curatorial projects since working at CFAM express this interest, with the inclusion of two of the most critically engaging exhibitions to grace the walls of an Orlando museum in recent memory— Fractured Narratives: Strategies to Engage (2014) and Displacement: Symbols and Journeys (2016). Galpin is currently working on several upcoming projects, including an exhibition titled “Time as Landscape: Inquiries of Art and Science” and several long-term projects, including one on Margaret Bourke-White and a show on the relationship between modern American art and Christianity.

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As curator of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, an educational museum, she fulfills an additional role as an educator through the creation of programs and exhibitions reflecting CFAM’s mission. “Teaching is at the core of our mission. We always ask ourselves when planning a program: How does this relate to our mission? How does this relate to teaching?” The Cornell Fine Arts Museum occupies a special place in the community because of its free admission and programming. Galpin says she is very proud to work at a museum that is free, stating “Not all museums are able to do this—so it is a real treat to work somewhere that can offer opportunities for families, for example, without asking them to pay.”

There are many opportunities to engage with Amy Galpin and discussions about contemporary art at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, including weekly tours on Saturdays at 1 PM, as well as Sundays at 1 PM at the Alfond Inn. There is a lecture by Dr. Adrienne Childs, co-curator of The Black Figure In The European Imaginary on March 8th at 6 PM, and a performance art piece at Knowles Chapel on March 21st at 6 PM. All programing is free and open to the public.

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