School of the Arts

First Impressions: Curator's Choice

Rachel Skokowski

The Janet Turner Print Museum is kicking off its fall season on Tuesday, September 6, with new curator Rachel Skokowski’s inaugural exhibition: First Impressions: Curator’s Choice. 

Filled with unexpected connections and serendipitous surprises, “First Impressions” highlights old favorites and new finds. 

“This exhibition is centered around the theme of first impressions—as a new curator, I’m curious about what happens when you come to a collection and look at it with fresh eyes,” Skokowski said.

The viewing will feature a curator talk at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, September 15, in the Recital Hall of the Arts and Humanities Building, with an opening reception to follow at The Turner Museum, both located at Chico State.  

The show features a wide variety of artists and printmakers, including familiar names such as Giovanni Battista Piranesi, David Hockney, Betye Saar, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Käthe Kollwitz, while also incorporating several local artists and Chico State alumni.  

 “I hope this exhibition is a good first impression of my curatorial commitment to celebrating a diverse range of printmakers, both historical and contemporary,” Skokowski said. “I also hope it encourages you to look beyond the surface and come back for a second or third impression.”  

 Skokowski is originally from the Bay Area and earned her bachelor's degree from Princeton University and master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Skokowski, who started at The Turner in August, hopes to bring her worldwide experience from the Ashmolean Museum, the University of Sydney, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art back to her Northern California roots with her work at The Turner.    

Through working at The Turner, Skokowski looks forward to learning more about Janet Turner’s work as well as her role as a teacher and mentor to generations of students. “She was totally captivated by the natural world and dedicated to sharing her vision of nature with others,” Skokowski said.  


Story by: Shane Fitzgerald, Media and Branding Content Creator 
College of Humanities and Fine Arts/School of the Arts Publicity