Amy Cancelmo received her MA in Queer Art History from San Francisco State University in 2011 and a BFA in painting from Syracuse University in 2004.
Her current creative pursuits focus on curatorial practice, research & writing. Her most recent project “Strange Bedfellows,” is a nationally traveling exhibition and catalogue exploring collaborative practice in queer art making. The project is fiscally sponsored by the Queer Cultural Center and will be presented first at Root Division, as part of the National Queer Arts Festival in June of 2013. It will then travel to the Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University in Lewisburg Pennsylvania (Fall of 2013) and the College Art Association Conference, in Chicago (Feb 2014) as the sponsored exhibition of the Queer Caucus for the Arts.
In 2012 she co curated the multidisciplinary exhibition “Cultivar” with filmmaker Bill Basquin at Root Division. The show aimed to highlight artists and collectives whose work blurs lines between environmental sustainability, food production, social practice and fine art. “Cultivar” as presented as a visual art exhibition including performative and food related installations, an an accompanying catalogue.
Amy is currently employed at the Exhibitions & Events Coordinator for Root Division, where she oversees twelve exhibitions and works with over 500 artists annually. She has been curating solo and group exhibitions of Root Division artists and affiliates at offsite venues such as ODC Theater and the Spare Change Artist’s Space since 2011.
As a curator Amy is interested in presenting work that addresses current social issues and creates opportunities for dialogue, learning and critical engagement by all participants.