Amy Galpin

San Diego Museum of Art is losing one of their prized pieces, and I don't mean a Picasso.

Associate curator Amy Galpin is leaving the museum for a position as curator of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, a small liberal-arts college in Winter Park, Fla. Her last day at SDMA will be Oct. 19. "Of course, it's very bittersweet," Galpin says.

"There is a lot of rich activity happening in the arts in San Diego, and also the weather and the beauty of the city is really fantastic. It's a hard place to leave."

Galpin made a major impact during her four years at SDMA. She leaves an indelible mark after co-curating the popular Summer Salon Series and spearheaded Behold, America! Art of the United States from Three San Diego Museums, last year's huge collaborative exhibition celebrating American art from the permanent collections at SDMA, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and Timken Museum of Art.

Though she's put in her notice, that doesn't mean she's coasting through her work day, watching cat videos on YouTube. Galpin's in the midst of curating Women, War and Industry, an exhibition of World War I and World War II posters and photographs emphasizing women's roles during wartime. It opens Oct. 19.

"I still feel very much engaged," says Galpin, who'll remain in contact with folks at SDMA for future projects, "even though it's true: I am moving on."

Galpin looks forward to working closely with students and alumni to build up the Cornell Fine Arts Museum and will kick off her new position by developing the museum's collection catalog. She also plans to teach at the college, using her background in education. I wish her all the best at her new post.

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