Meet the Chazen Panel Members

Katherine Alcauskas is the Chief Curator at the Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously, she was Collections Curator and Exhibitions Manager for the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, the Collection Specialist in the Department of Drawings & Prints of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and the Florence B. Selden Senior Curatorial Fellow in the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs of the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, CT. She earned her Master’s Degree in 2008 from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, where she was awarded the Judith M. Lenett Fellowship, and graduated cum laude with departmental honors from Wellesley College, where she was awarded the Pamela Daniels Fellowship. She has also held positions or internships at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Kreeger Museum in Washington, D.C., the Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, and the Davis Museum at Wellesley College. At the Wellin, she curated the exhibitions Theaters of Fiction (2019) and Innovative Approaches, Honored Traditions: The Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Five Years, Highlights from the Permanent Collection (2017). She wrote the Wellin Museum’s inaugural collections catalogue, which accompanied the exhibition Innovative Approaches, Honored Traditions, and was a contributor to MoMA Highlights: 350 Works from the Museum of Modern Art, revised edition (2013).

Ale Nicolet (she/her/hers) joined the Chazen in spring 2018. In her role as Director of Development she works with many of the museum’s benefactors and serves as a resource between the Chazen and the University of Wisconsin Foundation. Originally from Milwaukee, Ale came back to Wisconsin to work at the UW Foundation in fall 2015, first as Director of Development for UW–Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Before the UW Foundation, she began working in higher-education development at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. With a degree in Art History and International Studies from the University of Richmond, and an interest in drawing and painting, Ale considers the Chazen to be an oasis. She enjoys noticing something new during each walk through the galleries— one of her favorite discoveries has been Hans Arp’s bronze sculpture, Small Torso (Petit Torso), located in the niche display between galleries X and XI.

Candie Waterloo is Curator of Education at the Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously, she was Assistant Curator of Youth and Family Programs at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA) in Kalamazoo, MI and Curator of Education at the South Bend Museum of Art in South Bend, IN. She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture in 2006 from The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH and graduated summa cum laude with departmental honors from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN. At the KIA, she designed and facilitated the renovation of the Upjohn Mason Grandchildren Interactive Gallery space. At the South Bend Museum of Art, she acted as the regional affiliate of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards managing the eighteen county Northwest Indiana and Southwest Lower Michigan Region. Prior to working in museums, she held various teaching positions at Indiana University-South Bend in South Bend, IN and Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, MI. She was also Artist-in-Residence at Prairie Vista Elementary in Granger, IN

James Wehn is the Van Vleck Curator of Works on Paper at the Chazen Museum of Art. He completed his M.A. in Art History at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, and his Ph.D. in Art History at Case Western Reserve University, where he was an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow. James has published articles in Print Quarterly and Art in Print, and he has curated exhibitions of prints and drawings at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Cleveland Museum of Art.