Hump Day Q&A: Pam Campanaro
1. Who Are You?
2. What do you do?
I’m the Operations Manager at the Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University.
3. When/Where/How did you get your start?
I think the “big break” I had came early in my junior year of study at Juniata College. I was awarded a summer curatorial internship position at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The experience, the people, and the art I handled gave me such hope and drive for my future career.
4. How long have you been at it?
Since the MFAH, I went on to receive my MA in Exhibition and the San Francisco Art Institute. Just recently, I accepted the Operations Manager position at Bucknell’s campus museum and Downtown Gallery opening later this month.
5. What is the most important thing we should know about you?
I live for peanut butter, running, and Donald Judd (not necessary in that order).
6. Is there anyone else in your field that you particularly admire?
Nancy Siegel… She was my mentor during undergraduate study at Juniata College. She pushed my to make tough decisions about my future, even if that meant taking risks to pursue art, challenged me in the classroom, and always ended a conversation with a martini reference. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art History and the Director of the Art History Honors Program at Towson University.
7. What other types of art are you into?
Minimalism through and through! Donald Judd and his site-specific work in Marfa, TX are remarkable. I used to be mocked for this but I’ll say it anyway… I dig Rococo, too.
8. You got any crazy hobbies or unique talents?
9. What’s your favorite vice?
Whole Foods gumdrops. I’d barter my life for those gems.
10. You eat food? What kind? Like to cook?
Yes! I eat lots of food and I love to cook. Lately I’ve been lovin’ the 400 things you can do with kale and squash.
11. Tell me about the last time a project blew up in your face?
I was overseeing some gallery attendants mail invites to an exhibition and someone I was supervising got a paper cut and didn’t tell me but kept stuffing envelopes. Nothing says come to this gallery opening like a bloody invite!
12. What is your most prized possession?
My Andy Bernard mug from the The Office.
13. How do you make it over the creative hump/slump?
Whenever I hit a plateau: frustration, a slump, self-doubt I run. After awhile you just go numb and it’s left to you to climb your way out of the mental hole.
(Pam Campanaro is the Operations Manager at the Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University. She received her MA in Exhibition and Museum Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute and her BA in Art History & Museum Studies from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.)