About the Juror - Amy Galpin

Juror Amy Galpin, PhD
Associate Curator
Art of the Americas
Department of Curatorial Affairs
The San Diego Museum of Art

Ms. Galpin’s exhibitions for The San Diego Museum of Art include: Women, War, and Industry; Rubén Ortiz-Torres: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; Hugo Crosthwaite: Brutal Beauty; and Behold, America! Art of the United States from Three San Diego Museums. For Behold, America! she was both the editor and a contributor to the four-hundred page exhibition catalogue. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Before joining The San Diego Museum of Art, Galpin worked at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago and curated the exhibition Translating Revolution: U.S. Artists Interpret Mexican Muralism for the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. Her upcoming projects include: Picturing Mexico: Alfredo Ramos Martínez in California for the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

Juror's statement. 

It was a great pleasure to jury the exhibition Explore This! for the Colored Pencil Society of America. The use of colored pencil often involves rigorous technique and attention to detail. A colored pencil can provide radiant hues or subtle intonations of color. These varied characteristics were reinforced by the strong works submitted for consideration.

I was impressed with the breadth of subject matter submitted for this exhibition. Excellent examples of still life, landscape, portrait, and abstract composition were offered for review, along with a few fine examples of sculpture, reminding me of the potential of the colored pencil to expand my own expectations of the medium.

I was drawn to images that represented something new or different. Even a traditional portrait can offer something dynamic in the smallest details such as a psychologically intense expression, the color of a shirt, the pose of the figural form. Whether in the portraits chosen or in other types of compositions, I looked for elements that caught me by surprise, inspired awe, or resonated with historical and cultural meanings. Susie Garrett’s work caused me to pause the longest, to reflect on its formal qualities, and to ponder its hidden implications.

It always takes bravery and conviction in one’s own talents to submit to a juried exhibition. I wholeheartedly enjoyed this process and viewing all of the entries. Thank you for the opportunity. I wish all of the artists continued productivity.


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