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Chazen Museum of Art, 750 University Ave., Madison, WI
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The Chazen Museum of Art is first and foremost an educational resource for the students and faculty of the UW–Madison. The museum actively cooperates with academic departments and/or individual faculty members of any discipline on campus to integrate its collections, exhibitions, and programs with their curricula.The museum's resources are readily available to students interested in extracurricular exploration of the visual arts and the museum profession.
Only about 10 percent of the museum’s collection is on view in the galleries at any given time. Students or faculty members can make arrangements with the appropriate curator or the museum registrar to view pre-selected objects in the expansion’s new Object Study Room. Works on paper are regularly made available for individual study or class discussion in the Print Study Room. Class sessions require prior arrangements with the curator of works on paper.
The museum’s extensive records on objects in its collections, as well as reproductions are available by appointment, to students conducting higher levels of research or faculty members through the museum registrar. There is an at-cost charge for reproductions of works of art.
The Chazen Museum occasionally presents art exhibitions that are directly related to courses taught at UW–Madison. Faculty members may serve as guest curators for the exhibition itself and/or as consultants, and students may be involved in the preparation and organization of these projects. However, such exhibitions require significant lead-time (from one to five years) especially if loans from other institutions and/or the production of a catalogue are involved. Interested parties should discuss all such proposals with the museum director.
Guided tours of the permanent collection galleries or temporary exhibitions may be arranged for any UW class with the museum’s curator of education. A faculty member may lead the tour personally, make arrangements with a colleague or a museum curator, or use one of the museum’s specially trained volunteers. Volunteer docents will give tours of either the permanent collection or temporary exhibitions in French, German, or Spanish.
Student jobs at the Chazen Museum of Art are a good way to learn about the visual arts and the museum profession. Approximately 15 paying positions are available to UW–Madison students each academic year in areas of museum operations including curatorial, education, art preparation and installation, membership, general office support, and the Museum Shop. Preference is given to applicants who have qualified for work study awards through the Office of Student Financial Aid.
Every two years, the Chazen Museum of Art publishes a scholarly Bulletin that contains articles on objects in its collection. The museum’s editor welcomes proposals for publication in the Bulletin from UW–Madison faculty and graduate students, as well as from outside scholars. A museum curator and two outside readers review all papers submitted for publication. Student submissions require a preliminary recommendation from a faculty mentor.
Periodically, under the auspices of the Department of Art History, the Chazen’s director with the assistance of other members of the museum staff offers a two-semester for-credit course, entitled Museum Studies. The first semester is an introduction to museum theory and practices; the second focuses on various issues of connoisseurship. The director and other members of the museum staff are available to visit classes and speak about various aspects of museum work or for private consultations by students. Contact the museum receptionist to set up an appointment. In addition, the Chazen maintains noncirculating lists of museum studies programs, internships, and other museum training opportunities around the country. These are available to UW–Madison students from the curator of education.