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


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


 

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).


Heather Groff
Museum Shop Manager
608-263-4171 | hgroff@chazen.wisc.edu


 

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


 

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.


Jerl Richmond
Exhibition Designer/Chief Preparator
608-263-2238 | jrichmond@chazen.wisc.edu


 

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.


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


Andrew Stevens
Distinguished Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
608-263-7377 | astevens@chazen.wisc.edu

In my 29 years as curator of the print, drawing, and photograph collection here at the Chazen, I have always encouraged visitors to check out the amazing collection. Small parts of these 14,000 works regularly rotate through the galleries, but people don't always realize that they can make appointments to see works. Insiders do this all the time, make reservations to see a favorite, or just a work that interests them. For years after I first got here, a wonderful donor who gave us an excellent Matisse print would come by every year, sometimes with a friend or two, to visit her print.


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


 

 

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