The Chazen Museum of Art has named a new director, UW-Madison said Friday.
Amy Gilman, who has worked at the Toledo Museum of Art since 2005, will start Sept. 11. She takes over for Russell Panczenko, who will retire after leading the campus art museum for 33 years.
“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,” Gilman said in a statement. “I am looking forward to exploring the university and getting involved in the Madison arts community while I immerse myself in this great museum.”
As director, Gilman will manage the museum and its approximately 20,000 pieces of art, the state’s second-largest collection. The museum opened in 1970 and doubled in size in 2011 after an expansion.
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The museum’s collections range from modern African art and ancient Greek works to 18th-century Japanese pieces.
Gilman earned a doctorate in art history at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, a master’s degree in photography from Columbia College in Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in performance studies from Northwestern University.
“We are pleased to have someone with such a passion not only for art, but also in promoting artwork to new audiences,” UW-Madison Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf said. “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.”
Admission to the museum, located at 750 University Ave., is free.