Ken Rollins has been Executive Director of four art museums in Florida over a career of thirty years: The Deland Museum of Art, Deland, FL; the Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL; the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Largo, FL; and finally Interim Executive Director of the Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL. Each museum achieved significant success under Ken's leadership. Ken is also a Museum Assessment and Accreditation Consultant for the American Association for Museums, and most recently has served on the Boards of the Clearwater Arts Foundation, CreativeTampaBay and the National Society of Arts and Letters Advisory Board. In 2004, Ken was honored with the Florida Association of Museums Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2006 he was presented with the Florida Art Museum Directors Association Lifetime Achievement Award.
It was a pleasure for me to have the opportunity to jury the Colored Pencil Society of America’s 2011 exhibition. The process was a rewarding and challenging experience. There were 197 entries and my task was to select approximately fifty pieces which in my judgment were exceptional, well accomplished works of art.
I approach the jurying process without any preconceived notions. I first carefully review all the works entered, making mental notes and letting the body of work settle into my consciousness. I then review the entries a second time before beginning to compare, contrast and mentally rank the entries.
As I begin to make judgments I first look for technical competence, a command of the materials and process. Then the composition of the imagery comes into play, how is the work organized on the paper. I am also mindful of the mood that may be set by how the artist handles the materials, is an emotion communicated?
I very much appreciate traditional realism, but I am also intrigued and drawn to works of art that challenge my imagination, works that cause me to want to know more. There are works of art in this exhibition that utilize both approaches.
Ken Rollins, President