Chazen Museum of Art

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Exhibitions

Every year, the Chazen organizes and presents between ten and twelve temporary exhibitions. These may be drawn from significant areas of the museum's own collection, designed to showcase the work of a notable living regional or national artist, or loaned to the museum from institutions around the world. Faculty and graduate students from UW–Madison or another institution may organize an exhibition in their area of expertise if it pertains to the museum collections or the campus academic programs.

There are three galleries dedicated to temporary exhibitions: the Pleasant T. Rowland Galleries on the first floor, the Leslie and Johanna Garfield Gallery on the second floor, and the Oscar F. and Louise Greiner Mayer Gallery in the Elvehjem building. The balance of exhibit space is dedicated to the Chazen’s permanent collection.

To enrich visitors' experience, the museum offers complementary educational programming including lectures, artist talks, films, receptions, docent tours, family activities, and other special events. Go to the individual exhibition page or the events calendar for more on our current programs.

Iceland’s Vanishing Beauty: Photography by Michael Kienitz

September 14 to February 3, 2019

Madison photographer Michael Kienitz created these images during five years of work in the region of Vatnajokull National Park in Iceland.

Warrington Colescott: Wisconsin Master

October 23 to January 31, 2019

Prints by Warrington Colescott are on view at the Chazen Museum of Art on the second floor of the Chazen building.

Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home

November 24 to January 6, 2019

In this exhibition, fourteen contemporary artists tackle the public issue of human displacement and housing insecurity. This exhibition features their responses to issues of shelter—global and local, public and private.

Collections

When the Chazen Museum of Art opened in the fall of 1970 as the Elvehjem Art Center, the collection of 1,600 paintings and works on paper had been acquired by the UW–Madison since 1885. Today, there are over 20,000 works of art in the museum's collections. These holdings represent the entire spectrum of art history across culture, period, media, and genre. For more information about our collection visit the main Collections page. You can also search the collection or browse the categories below.

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