Museums add artwork to their collection in various ways, but primarily through purchases made by the institution and gifts from private individuals. This exhibition features a selection of the artwork that has entered the Chazen’s collection over the past three years. Each acquisition is put through a rigorous vetting process by curatorial staff and is approved by the museum’s accessions committee, which is composed of University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty and Chazen Museum of Art council members.
All purchases are funded by individuals and endowments, rather than the museum’s annual budget or through state funding. This small selection reflects the diversity of artwork that has been added to the collection during this period of time. Once an artwork joins the museum’s collection, staff act as stewards, making sure that it is well preserved and accessible to the public through temporary exhibitions like this one, as well as gallery installations, the museum’s online database, and for viewing by appointment.