Chazen Museum of Art


Ways to Give

While the UW–Madison budget supports the Chazen Museum of Art's administrative expenses, private dollars and government grants fund the museum's programs and exhibitions. The Chazen Museum's success depends on the generosity of our many devoted donors. A financial gift to the Chazen Museum demonstrates your support of this unique cultural organization and helps to maintain the museum's reputation as a leader among university art museums.

All contributions to the museum are listed in the Chazen Museum's Bulletin biennial report. Cumulative gifts over $10,000 are recognized on the museum's donor recognition board and provide a permanent legacy of generosity.

If you wish, gifts can be made in honor or in memory of a special friend or relative.

Give ArtTop

Over the years the Chazen Museum's permanent collection of some 20,000 works of art has been formed by generous donors who have contributed paintings, prints, sculpture and decorative arts to the museum. Major collections given to the museum include the Lane Collection of Modernist Sculpture, the Vernon Hall Collection of Medals, the Van Vleck Collection of Japanese Prints, and the Hollaender Collection. If you are interested in contributing a work of art to the museum, please contact Maria Saffiotti Dale, curator of paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts, at 608-263-4368.

Give to the Art Purchase FundTop

The aesthetic quality and historical importance of objects in the permanent collection are basic to the museum's educational mission and role as artistic leader. You may wish to designate your gift to the art purchase fund to help us add new works of art to the permanent collection. The Chazen relies on annual earnings from the art purchase fund to acquire museum-quality works of art for the permanent collection. With art market prices steadily rising, the Chazen requires ever-greater endowment income in order to expand permanent collection holdings.

Please contact Ale Nicolet, director of development, at 608-416-9094.

Give to the General FundTop

Unrestricted contributions in any amount may be made for general operating support to maintain the current activities of the museum, including exhibitions, educational programs, and special events.

Please contact Please contact Ale Nicolet, director of development, at 608-416-9094. You can also give online to the General Fund at the Foundation website. 

Deferred GivingTop

The Chazen Museum of Art owes its success to the many significant financial gifts and donations of works of art from donors who have designated the museum as a recipient or partial recipient of their estate. By including the Chazen in your will, you are investing in the future of the museum and the enjoyment of art for generations to come. While it is always essential to consult your attorney or tax advisor before creating a will or trust, UW Foundation representatives are always available to talk with you about your ideas and bequest plans. Please contact Ale Nicolet, director of development, at 608-416-9094.

In-Kind DonationsTop

Donations of in-kind goods and services support the museum's programs and reduce costs. Contact Amy Guthier, development specialist, at 608-263-2495.

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