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608-263-2246 | reception@chazen.wisc.edu


Museum Staff


Casey Coolidge
Visitor Services and Development Program Coordinator
ccoolidge@chazen.wisc.edu

When I started: May 20th, 2019
 
Insider tip for visitors: The reading niches on the west and south sides of the Chazen building's third floor are great spots to relax, contemplate, and watch campus moving all around you.
 
My hometown: Baraboo, Wisconsin! We're famous for our circus (though I think I only went once) and Devil's Lake (which to me feels most like home of any place on earth).
 
My Chazen moment: Getting to watch many of Alfred Hitchcock's films on the big screen in the auditorium. It's amazing what a difference collaboratively watching a film with a large audience can make; the silence of the tense moments is heavy and palpable, and the funny moments are even funnier with a full auditorium laughing along with you!
 
Person I’d most like to meet at the Chazen: Noam Chomsky
 
On Saturdays you’ll find me: Reading or working on projects at my favorite coffee shop, biking all over town, or cooking.
 
My favorite artwork at the Chazen: Meltdown by Ikeda Manabu! I love the intricacy, the tumorous artificial forms within the natural setting, and the tiny negative-space people abandoning ship on their paper-thin hang gliders.
 
Last job before the Chazen: Education Supervisor at Madison Children's Museum—going from a "please touch and play with the exhibits" museum to a "please don't touch" museum was a strange and interesting transition!
 
First job: Pianist at a small rural church.
 
My creative outlet:
 Poetry, ink drawing, electronic music, Chinese tea service, collaborative storytelling.


Maria Saffiotti Dale
Curator of Paintings, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts
608-263-4368 | msaffiottidale@chazen.wisc.edu

What I do at the Chazen: I am responsible for the care, use, preservation, research, interpretation, display, access, and growth of the museum’s collection of paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts. Working on temporary exhibitions in the Chazen Museum collection and from other museums or private collections is also part of my job.

When I started: December 1999.

Why I stay at the Chazen: Because I am passionate about museums and love sharing the stories of the works of art, which helps enrich people’s lives.

My Chazen moment: discovering that Vasari changed his mind in painting the body of the Christ Child in the Adoration of the Shepherds.

What I love about the Chazen: The architecture, both the Harry Weese 1970 Elvehjem Building and the Machado-Silvetti 2011 addition.

My favorite artwork at the Chazen: It changes every day, but some favorites are Pisanello’s medal of Lionello d’Este, Giorgio Vasari’s Adoration of the Shepherds, 1570-1571, Claude-Joseph Vernet’s Sunrise, 1759, and Johan Christian Dahl’s Moonlight on the Coast, 1852.

My favorite work of art outside the Chazen: One of the paintings I grew up seeing and always love to revisit is Leonardo da Vinci’s Portrait of Ginevra de’ Benci at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

My favorite museum other than the Chazen: Very hard to pick one, but the Morgan Library & Museum, the Walters Art Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, the Museo Poldi Pezzoli, and the Castello Sforzesco Museums are among my favorites.


Tyler Dovenbarger
Administrative Coordinator
608-263-1025 | tdovenbarger@chazen.wisc.edu

When I started: June 11th, 2018

Insider tip for visitors: Take advantage of the free drop in docent tours on Thursdays!

Why I stay at the Chazen: Who wouldn’t want to spend their working days in a beautiful building surrounded by art with amazing people on the best campus ever?!

First memory of the Chazen/LVM: My first memory was coming to visit as an undergrad with some friends.  I recall being in awe of how big and beautiful the space was and the sheer size of the collection.

My hometown: Neenah, WI

What I love about the Chazen: Staring out of the bridge onto East Campus/Library Mall and the lake – it makes me feel like after graduating from UW Madison, everything has come full circle.  I work in this beautiful gem for the University I graduated from – I wouldn’t have it any other way!

My hobby/pastime: Karaoke!


Amy Gilman
Director
608-263-2842 | agilman@chazen.wisc.edu

What I do at the Chazen: Well, my husband and son call me the “big cheesy.”

When I started: September 2017.

My Hometown: Boulder, Colorado and Galveston, Texas.

My Chazen moment: I like to take a break between meetings (when I only have 15 minutes or so) and wander. I don’t try to check in with the whole museum, just find a place or a piece that arrests me, and then just look. Last visit landed me in the niche with the Beth Cavener rabbit, L’Amante. For some reason I had never noticed the fish pattern in all the patterns in the rabbit’s “skin.” How did I miss that?

On Saturdays you’ll find me: with my family, exploring Madison.

Last job before the Chazen: Deputy director, Toledo Museum of Art.

First job: waitress at Donna’s Downhome Diner in Galveston, Texas.

Most unusual job: I once had a job selling encyclopedias door to door…for about five minutes


Lindsay Grinstead
Executive Assistant to the Director and Project Manager
608-263-3917 | lgrinstead@chazen.wisc.edu

Insider tips for visitors: One of my favorite views of Lake Mendota is from the bridge between our two buildings!

My Chazen moment: Having to stop my boyfriend from sliding on the railing down two flights of stairs in the Elvehjem building. It was a close call.

Person I’d most like to meet at the Chazen: I’d like to meet Jerry Seinfeld at the Chazen and ride around the galleries in a little car like he does in Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee but that probably isn’t allowed.

On Saturdays you’ll find me: On Willy Street grabbing a pastry at Batch Bakehouse, a coffee at Café Domestique and walking around trying desperately to pet other people’s dogs.

What I love about the Chazen: I love the collection, the buildings, and the community. To be situated so prominently on one of the best university campuses in the country is such a gift for the museum, and means that we’re always surrounded by the contagious energy of the student body—what’s not to love?

First job: Golf Caddy #1 (self-proclaimed) at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.

My hobby/pastime: Cooking, baking, crafting, walking on frozen lakes with supervision.

Most unusual job: Mail fraud technician at the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (don’t ask).


Amy Guthier
Development Specialist
608-263-2495 | aguthier@chazen.wisc.edu

What I do at the Chazen: I oversee the museum’s internal development initiatives, grant writing, membership program and serve as advisor to the Chazen Ambassadors student programming organization.

Why I stay at the Chazen: I just love this place.

My Chazen moment: Every time I see groups of children here, some experiencing the museum for the first time, and hear the excitement and enthusiasm as they view the works on display.

On Saturdays you’ll find me with my family.

My alma mater:  UW-Stevens Point, The University of Vermont.

My favorite gallery and why: I love the Stephen and Pamela Hootkin Gallery and Terese and Alvin S. Lane Galleries because of the variety of works on display. I can walk through many times and each time notice something different.

My favorite museum other than the Chazen: There are a few: The Smithsonian Museum of American History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Getty, The Museum of Science and Industry



 

Ale Nicolet
Director of Development
Chazen Museum of Art ∣ Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association
608-416-9094 | ale.nicolet@supportuw.org

What I do at the Chazen: Work with interested donors, alumni, and friends on behalf of the Director in order to advance financial support for the Chazen.

When I started: On my birthday, February 1, 2018!

Insider tip for visitors: Look for the beautiful wood and glass cabinet with accompanying stools on view in Gallery XVI, titled My Arcadia  by Martha Glowacki. You can, with care, eplore the contents of its drawers!

Why I stay at the Chazen: To help ensure that this wonderful resource can grow and continue to serve the UW-Madison community and beyond.

First memory of the Chazen/LVM: Walking up the new building’s grand staircase and across the gallery bridge only to realize that the art continued even further!

My hometown: Milwaukee, WI

First job: English language teacher in Spain!

My hobby/pastime: Too many to count! My current focus is learning French.


Alyssa O’Connor
Facility Manager
608-265-0184 | aoconnor@chazen.wisc.edu

What I do at the Chazen: As Facility Manager, I ensure that the Chazen is a safe home for visitors, staff, and our collection.

When I started: January 22, 2019

On Saturdays you’ll find me:  Possibly exploring small town Wisconsin or visiting a county park.

What I love about the Chazen: As a student, I always loved that the Chazen provides a calm place to relax in the middle of a busy campus and a hectic student schedule.  I always valued my time here, stopping over between lectures to decompress.

First memory of the Chazen/LVM: While my first memory of the museum was taking classes in the Elvehjem building, I still can’t believe how impressive it feels to walk across the art-filled bridge overlooking Lake Mendota and down the grand staircase into the Chazen lobby.

My hometown: I grew up in Manitowoc, WI but Madison has been my home for nearly a decade.

My favorite artwork at the Chazen: The Fall of Novgorod by Klaudii Vasilievich Lebedev is a piece that I’ve always been drawn to because of the raw emotion that it depicts.

My creative outlet: I love woodworking and dreaming up furniture to add to the list of things I’ll build one day!


Kirstin Pires
Editor
608-890-4469 | kpires@chazen.wisc.edu

What I do at the Chazen: I oversee the museum’s print and digital communications.

When I started: January 2014

Insider tip for visitors: Our opening receptions are the best!

On Saturdays you’ll find me: at the farmer’s market, on the lake, with my dogs, anywhere outside

What I love about the Chazen: It is the living embodiment of the Wisconsin Idea.

My alma mater: Carleton College (undergrad) and UNC-Chapel Hill (journalism school).

My college major: Studio art: printmaking

My favorite artwork at the Chazen: This changes from time to time, but right now I’m obsessed with Lady Caroline Montagu.

Last job before the Chazen: Director of public relations for a Washington D.C. trade association.

First job: Cutting mats at Gallery 39, my grandmother’s art gallery and frame shop.

My creative outlet: knitting and spinning.

Most unusual job: Director of media relations for the men’s pro billiards tour.
 


Adrienne Rich
Assistant Curator of Education
608-263-2246 | arich@chazen.wisc.edu

Insider tips for visitor: Don’t miss the fourth floor of the Elvehjem building: It is filled with terrors and wonders!

My Hometown: Annapolis, Maryland

On Saturdays you’ll find me: Either riding my bike on the lake loop or walking my bulldog (Giggzy) around lake Wingra.

My alma mater: University of North Carolina Asheville

My favorite museum other than the Chazen: Mutter museum in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. It is filled with historical medical oddities.

Last job before the Chazen: Public Programs Coordinator at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, a children’s museum nestled underneath the golden gate bridge.


Andrea Selbig
Registrar
608-265-1156 | aselbig@chazen.wisc.edu

What I do at the Chazen: I care for and preserve works of art; facilitate and manage the environment and movement of artwork; organize, digitize, and standardize intellectual property; provide physical and digital access to the collection; create and maintain order.

When I started: December 1999.

Insider tip for visitors: Don’t miss the Contemporary Glass and Ceramics gallery on the fourth floor of the Elvehjem building!

Person I’d most like to meet at the Chazen: Paul McCartney or Ringo Starr!

My alma mater: Proud UW–Madison alumna!

My college major: BA, art history; grad work in museum studies

My favorite work of art outside the Chazen: El Jaleo by John Singer Sargent. Its display in the Spanish Cloister at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is magnificent!

My favorite museum other than the Chazen: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.

Last job before the Chazen: Assistant registrar at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum in Lexington, Mass.; unusual collection tracing the fascinating history of the Freemason fraternal organization.

First job: Cashier and short order cook at arguably the least-charming pharmacy soda fountain.

Anything you’d like to add: I am the mother of two awesome kids (and a sweet mini dachshund) and I am an avid Beatlemaniac.


Sara Skinner
Retail Manager
608-263-4171 | sskinner@chazen.wisc.edu

What I do at the Chazen: Retail Manager

When I started: September, 2018

Insider tip for visitors: Visit the store! We have a lot of changes coming up and we would love to see you and provide you with memories to take home.

My hometown: Twin Lakes, Wisconsin

My alma mater: UW–Madison

My college major: History

My favorite artwork at the Chazen: The Dali works

My favorite work of art outside the Chazen: Wanderer Over the Sea of Fog or Liberty Leading the People

My favorite museum other than the Chazen: Field Museum

Last job before the Chazen: E-commerce Manager for Wisconsin Historical Society

My hobby/pastime: Crossword puzzles and gardening

My creative outlet: Singing showtunes


Kate Wanberg
Exhibition and Collections Project Manager
608-263-2238 | kwanberg@chazen.wisc.edu

What I do at the Chazen: I prepare artwork and gallery spaces for display. I also provide assistance with facilities management, environmental monitoring, and the care of the permanent collection.

Why I stay at the Chazen: I love Madison and the UW, and the Chazen is an amazing resource that serves both of them.  

First memory of the Chazen: The first time I tried to visit the doors were locked. Luckily, that didn’t stop me from coming back.

On Saturdays you’ll find me: Biking around this beautiful town or at the dog park!

My favorite gallery and why: The Elvehjem fourth floor. This gallery has the most unique and evocative pieces.

My favorite artwork at the Chazen: The Question That Devours.

My favorite work of art outside the Chazen: Gerhard Richter, Breath (Atem), 1989 (Milwaukee Art Museum).

My hobby/pastime: Exploring nature in a variety of ways; hiking, biking, camping, canoeing.

My creative outlet: Creating elaborate Halloween costumes and gardening


Candie Waterloo
Curator of Education
608-263-4421 | cwaterloo@chazen.wisc.edu

Insider tip for visitors: Visit the fourth floor of the Elvehjem building. If for nothing else, to see some of the Chazen’s amazing glass holdings.

First memory of the Chazen/LVM: was when I came to visit for my interview. I didn’t quite understand the magnitude of the institution until I walked through the doors, and well, it was intimidating, but in a very, very good way.

Person I’d most like to meet at the Chazen: Beth Cavener. I would love to pick her brain about her process, especially to learn more about what she’s thinking as she manipulates clay like paint.

My favorite artwork at the Chazen: If I had to pick a favorite, it would be El Anatsui’s Danu or Sam Gilliam’s Pink Flutter, or anything by John Wilde. He’s so weird!

My favorite work of art outside the Chazen: is anything by Eva Hesse. I get goosebumps every time I see her work in person, regardless of how many times I’ve seen it before.

Last job before the Chazen: Assistant Curator of Youth and Family Programs at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

First job: Corn detasseling


James R. Wehn
Van Vleck Curator of Works on Paper
608.263.3722 | jwehn@chazen.wisc.edu

 

 

 


Kristine Zickuhr
Assistant Director for Administration

608-263-8143 | kzickuhr@chazen.wisc.edu

What I do at the Chazen: Budgeting, operations, security oversight, human resources, facilities management and planning.  I’ve been told “it’s the work no one else wants to do,” but I enjoy it.

When I started: July 2015

Insider tip for visitors: The museum is free! Visit on a weekday during the summer. It’s quiet and you can take your time wandering through the galleries.

My hometown: I’ve lived in different places, but consider Oshkosh, Wisconsin, my hometown.

On Saturdays you’ll find me: Hiking with my dog, seeing family and friends, working around the house, reading a book.

My college major: Anthropology/East Asian Studies and Art History with an East Asian focus.

My creative outlet: Garden design, Chinese brush painting, saving old furniture.

Most unusual job: So many choices. Military intelligence analyst, knock-off designer-perfume salesperson, archaeologist.


 
 
   
   
   
   

 

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