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Kirstin Pires

Kirstin Pires


What I do at the Chazen: I direct the museum’s communications program.

When I started: January 2014

On Saturdays you’ll find me: at the farmer’s market, on the lake, with my dogs, anywhere outside

What I love about the Chazen: It is the living embodiment of the Wisconsin Idea

My alma mater: Carleton College (B.A.) and UNC-Chapel Hill (M.A., graduate school of journalism)

My college major: Studio art: printmaking

My favorite artwork at the Chazen: This changes from time to time, but right now I’m obsessed with Portrait of Lady Caroline Montagu in Byronic Costume

Last job before the Chazen: Director of public relations for a trade association

First job: Cutting mats at Gallery 39, my grandmother’s art gallery and frame shop

Side hustle: teaching puppy kindergarten and all manner of dog training classes

My creative outlet: knitting and spinning

Most unusual job: Director of media relations for the men’s pro billiards tour