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Chazen Museum of Art appoints academic coordinator

Mieke Miller will facilitate access to the museum’s collection. 

MADISON, Wis. – The Chazen Museum of Art has named Mieke Miller as its inaugural academic coordinator. In this newly created position, Miller will facilitate access to the Chazen’s Objects Study Room and Prints and Drawings Study Room. Both spaces welcome classes, visiting groups, researchers, artists, and community members for an up-close look at works not on view in the galleries. Miller will also catalog artworks, field reproduction requests, process digital images of artwork, provide tours, and work closely with faculty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

“The Chazen endeavors to support the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s teaching, research and public service mission, and Miller’s work will advance that goal,” said Katherine Alcauskas, the Chazen’s chief curator. “As the academic coordinator, she will help identify relevant artworks in the Chazen’s permanent collection to enhance the University’s teaching and learning mission that extends to the classroom and out into the community. Her broad knowledge of art history and passion for making art available to everyone pairs well with our aim to help students and the public make greater connections with the works in the Museum’s permanent collection.”

Miller brings a wealth of experience to the role. Before joining the Chazen’s team, she was the assistant registrar at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, Wis.). She has also served as a collections and gallery assistant at Wriston Art Galleries (Appleton, Wis.) and a project curator for the Milton College Preservation Society (Milton, Wis.). While completing graduate studies in Scotland, Miller served as an art and design intern at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. She started her museum career as a collections assistant at the Wright Museum of Art (Beloit, Wis.).

“I strongly believe in promoting access to collections through direct engagement with objects. I look forward to serving the Chazen’s visitors and the students at UW–Madison,” Miller said. “I am especially passionate about works on paper and collaborating with others to use art to make interdisciplinary connections. The chance to work with curators, faculty, community members, and the Chazen’s education staff to illuminate the artists and themes represented in the Chazen’s collection is a remarkable opportunity.”

The Chazen’s permanent collection includes 24,000 works. Approximately 60 percent of the collection consists of works on paper. The Prints and Drawings Study Room allows visitors greater access to the Museum’s works on paper. The Objects Study Room is dedicated to three-dimensional art.

Miller holds a master’s degree in the history of art from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and a bachelor’s degree in art history from Beloit College in Wisconsin. She joined the Chazen’s team on Oct. 24.