Cornell Fine Arts Museum Appoints New Curator

Amy Galpin, former associate curator for Art of the Americas at the San Diego Museum of Art, has accepted the position as curator of the Cornell.

After a nationwide search, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum (CFAM) at Rollins College has appointed Amy Galpin, former associate curator for Art of the Americas at the San Diego Museum of Art, to the position of curator of the Museum. 

“I was inspired to come to the Cornell because of the bold vision set forth by Director Ena Heller,” Galpin says. “I am excited to work with the rest of the staff at the Cornell to further develop and implement this vision.”

Galpin says she looks forward to developing an updated collections catalogue. “The Museum has received an outstanding recent gift [the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins College] that includes works by groundbreaking artists such as Kara Walker, Abelardo Morrell, and An-My Lê. Moreover, American paintings by Childe Hassam, William Merritt Chase, and Robert Henri have stirred my interest in the collection.”  

Galpin earned her M.A. in Latin American studies from San Diego State University and her Ph.D. in art history at the University of Illinois-Chicago.  In addition to curatorial experience, she previously served as a part-time faculty member at DePaul University and as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College and University of Illinois-Chicago.  

Galpin’s expertise ranges from pre-Columbian to contemporary American and Mexican modernism. After four years at an encyclopedic museum, Galpin has built extensively on her knowledge of the arts of Europe and Asia. She brings with her strong relationships with collectors, art galleries, and artists who will serve well in developing exhibitions for the Cornell. Her interests include a study of the relationships between women artists and abstraction; a study of the relationship between women, war, and industry; and the understudied relationships between modern art and religion.

Engaging contemporary artists to create work in response to the permanent collection of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum is also of interest to the newly appointed curator. “We are enormously pleased that Dr. Galpin is joining our staff; her extensive experience and curatorial vision are much needed as we take our museum to the next level of institutional prominence”  Bruce A. Beal Director of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum Ena Heller says.

Dr. Galpin will officially begin her duties in late October.

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum is the only teaching museum in the greater Orlando area. Its encyclopedic collection totals over 5,000 objects ranging from antiquity through contemporary, including rare Old Master paintings and a comprehensive collection of prints, drawings, and photographs. Located on the campus of Rollins College near downtown Winter Park, the Cornell’s public hours are: Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. and there is no admission fee.  For additional information, please call 407.646.2526 or visit