Dr. Gwen Chanzit is curator of modern and contemporary art and the Herbert Bayer Collection and Archive at the Denver Art Museum. She is also a faculty member in art history and director of graduate museum studies at the University of Denver’s School of Art and Art History. Since coming to the Denver Art Museum in 1980, she has curated such exhibitions as Bonnard, Matisse from the Baltimore Museum of Art, The Real West, Color as Field, and numerous exhibitions on Bauhaus artist Herbert Bayer.
Among research projects, Chanzits published books include The Herbert Bayer Collection and Archive at the Denver Art Museum, and From Bauhaus to Aspen: Herbert Bayer and Modernist Design in America. For the exhibition catalog accompanying the 2006 Denver Art Museum exhibition, RADAR: Selections from the collections of Vicki and Kent Logan, she wrote essays on each of the 40 artists inlcuded in the exhibition.
A juror’s primary responsibility is to select the strongest work submitted. For me, this strength is determined by a combination of factors including technique, original concept, and/or strong composition. While the use of colored pencil was a requirement of the exhibition, I went beyond its specific use to look for the most compelling work, regardless of how the medium was employed. Happily, the submissions were diverse in style and high in quality. In the end, the most difficult task was to limit the checklist to the predetermined size. This work’s validity goes beyond the obvious parameters of a colored pencil exhibition—quality art shows itself regardless of medium.