July 25, 2017

Amy Gilman to Lead Chazen Muesum of Art at Univeristy of Wisconsin–Madison

MADISON, WISCONSIN—The Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin–Madison has named Amy Gilman director. Chris Aadland reports for the Wisconsin State Journal that Gilman will begin work at the museum September 11. Gilman comes to the Chazen from the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio where she served as deputy director and oversaw the museum’s temporary exhibitions program. She holds a doctorate in art history from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Columbia College Chicago and Northwestern University, respectively.

“We are pleased to have someone with such a passion not only for art, but also in promoting artwork to new audiences,” said University of Wisconsin-Madison Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf. Her experience as both a curator and leader who finds innovative ways to engage the public will help guide the Chazen into an exciting new phase.”

Gilman succeeds current director Russell Panczenko, who announced his retirement in March after thirty-three years of leading the Chazen Museum, the second-largest in the state. In 2004, Panczenko initiated a $43 million fundraising effort for an expansion to double the museum’s exhibition space. The expansion opened in 2011.

In a statement, Gilman said, “I am enthusiastic to join the Chazen Museum of Art at this important moment in its history. I was aware of the strength of the collection and the wonderful buildings, and that certainly prompted my initial interest. I am looking forward to exploring the university and getting involved in the Madison arts community while I immerse myself in this great museum.”

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