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


Museum Staff


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. I also manage the museum’s Objects Study Room where students and other visitors can request to see objects up close and out of the cases.

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.


Connie Diring
Administrative Assistant
608-265-0184 | cdiring@chazen.wisc.edu

When I started: February 1998.

Why I stay at the Chazen: Love the atmosphere.

First memory of the Chazen: Came here on a college trip from UW Whitewater to see a Daumier exhibition.

My alma mater: UW Whitewater.

My college major: Art/art history.

My favorite artwork at the Chazen: L’Amante by Beth Cavener.


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 Stephan and Pamela Hootkin Gallery and Therese and Albert Lane Gallery 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.


Karen Jahns
Event Manager
kjahns@chazen.wisc.edu

Insider tip for visitors: Plan a good amount of time to properly view the whole museum, you can even take a docent led tour on Thursdays and Sundays for free. Also take part in the receptions and lectures to learn more about the different exhibitions. Enjoy a Sunday Afternoon Live concert in the gallery and many more wonderful events provided free to the community.

Why I stay at the Chazen: I enjoy working with the amazing people here and being surrounded by a wonderful art collection that I can view at any time.

What I love about the Chazen: The wonderful variety of works on display and the different art exhibitions the museum has. It has a little bit of everything. The great programs offered to the community: lectures and receptions on new exhibitions, Sunday Afternoon Live concerts, Art•Spin and other events.

My alma mater: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

My college major: Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design

My favorite artwork at the Chazen: Providencetown Waterfront by Reynolds Beal

Last job before the Chazen: I worked as a visitor service associate at the Trout Museum of Art in my hometown Appleton, Wisconsin.

My hobby/pastime: I love to travel all over the world and very much enjoy baking. I also like watching movies, visiting different art museums and crocheting


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.


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


 

Adrienne Rich
Visitor Services Associate
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.


Ann Sinfield
Exhibition Manager and Registrar
608-263-3722 | asinfield@chazen.wisc.edu

Why I stay at the Chazen: Because after almost 50 years, we are just getting started on some really exciting things!

What I love about the Chazen: The museum and its programs are always free for everyone.

My alma mater: Humboldt State University (Arcata, CA); University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

My favorite museum other than the Chazen: I grew up visiting the San Diego Museum of Art. I still love visiting when I am in California.

First job: My first job was working in a deli with my sister. My favorite part was when we would get elbow-deep in avocados while making five-gallon buckets of guacamole by hand. I still make great guacamole, but never that much at one time!

What most people don’t know about me: Although I have an undergraduate degree and two masters degrees, I did not graduate from high school.


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


Brett Stageman
Preparator
608-263-2238 | bstageman@chazen.wisc.edu

What I do at the Chazen: I design, install, and maintain exhibits.

Insider tip for visitors: Come view your favorite and least favorite artworks when you are in different moods — see if your feelings toward them change. 

First memory of the Chazen/LVM: Wandering around the galleries before interviewing for a work-study position.

On Saturdays you’ll find me: Adventuring

My favorite artwork at the Chazen: T. L. Solien, The Seduction of Innocence, 1998

My favorite work of art outside the Chazen: John Singer Sargent, Madame Paul Escudier (Louise Lefevre), 1882

First job: Working as a cook in a convent


Kate Wanberg
Preparator
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


Jeff Weyer
Communications Designer
608-263-2068 | jweyer@chazen.wisc.edu

What I do at the Chazen:
Website, social media, graphic design
 
Insider tip for visitors:
Everything is free! Even the guards will lend you a quarter for a locker.
 
First memory of the Chazen/LVM:
Seeing Peter Gourfain’s “Roundabout” in Paige Court in 2005. 
   
What I love about the Chazen:
Seeing kids on perhaps their first visit to an art museum.
 
My favorite work of art outside the Chazen:
Giorgio de Chirico’s The Red Tower
 
My favorite museum other than the Chazen:
The City Museum in St. Louis and The Art Institute of Chicago.

First job:
I worked at a custom auto body shop that specialized in modifying 60s and 70s muscle cars.
 
My hobby/pastime
Reading fiction, painting, canoeing, backpacking and getting lost on trails, working on vintage cars.


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.


 

Graduate Students


Jennifer Gramer
Public Humanities Fellow
rliu@chazen.wisc.edu

What I do at the Chazen: I am working on researching the history of the museum for its 50th anniversary celebrations in 2020.

When I started: August 2018

Insider tip for visitors: Take time to peruse the gallery alone, but also take a tour with a docent! They are so passionate and knowledgeable, and many of them have close personal ties with the museum or university. Plus, it’s fun to hear what others love in the museum, because it can open your eyes to whole new worlds.

My hometown: Portland, Oregon

Alma Mater: Syracuse University

My favorite artwork at the Chazen: Any and all of the extensive collection of Ernst Barlach prints; Otto Dix’s Crater Field at Dontrien

Favorite museum other than the Chazen: Neue Pinakothek in Munich, Germany


Cortney Anderson Kramer
Project Assistant
canderson55@wisc.edu

What I do at the Chazen: I am responsible for elucidating and developing the Chazen’s catalog of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European and North American ceramics.

On Saturdays you’ll find me:  Working on house projects with my husband and dining out with friends.

My favorite artwork at the Chazen: I chose this painting Spring, Madison Square by John Sloan, a member of the realist Ashcan School of New York. 

My favorite work of art outside the Chazen: I could hardly identify a favorite, but I am particularly drawn to satirical nineteenth- and early twentieth-century periodical caricatures. I find their biting wit unapologetically revealing of historical attitudes.

My hobby/pastime: True to my Wisconsin roots, there is always a deck of cards readied for cribbage or euchre on the kitchen table.


Reggie (Chang) Liu
Bolz Fellow
rliu@chazen.wisc.edu

Why I stay at Chazen: To help growing the audience engagement by applying the arts management knowledge taught by the Bolz Center

My alma mater:  Pursuing an MBA in Arts Admistration at Bolz Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison

My Chazen moment: Every time enjoying the beautiful view of Library Mall, Alumni Park and Lake Mendota from the balcony between the new wing and old wing.

My hometown: Beijing, China

My other professional experiences: American College Dance Festival, Guangzhou Documentary Film Festival, Photographer and Classical Guitarist

My first job: working as an engineer at a manufacturing company


Michelle Prestholt
Project Assistant
prestholt@wisc.edu

What I do at the Chazen: Conduct provenance research on the museum’s permanent collection of ancient art

When I started: September 2016

Insider tips for visitor: Make sure to stop on the bridge between the old and new buildings for a great view

First memory of the Chazen: Touring the object study and print rooms when visiting as a prospective graduate student

My Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

My Chazen moment: Helping with the infrared scanning of Lucrezia Romana by Il Giampietrino

On Saturdays you’ll find me: At the Farmers’ Market

What I love about the Chazen: The amazing variety of art on display, thousands of years of human creativity available right on campus

My alma mater: The University of Southern California

My college major: Classics and Art History

My favorite Chazen gallery and why: Gallery I, most of the objects that I research are there

My favorite artwork at the Chazen: Lady Caroline Montagu by George Hayter (in the process of researching the painting, I was able to get in contact with her descendants who still live in her manor!)

My favorite work of art outside the Chazen: Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne

My favorite museum other than the Chazen: Villa Borghese

My creative outlet: Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging)


 

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