For Immediate Release – May 2, 2019

The Chazen Museum of Art and the UW–Madison Art Department are pleased to announce the first recipients of the 2019-20 Burish Fellowship in Art and Museum Education!

Art education majors Hattie Grimm and Isabella Gilbert will each receive tuition remission and a semester-long paid internship at the Chazen Museum of Art, an award valued at $15,000.

Established by Helen and Mark Burish to support a collaborative fellowship shared between the museum and the Art Department, the Burish Fellowship in Art and Museum Education is provided to two full-time UW-Madison art major undergraduates (BS-Art, BFA Art, or BS-Art Education) who have completed at least 60 course credits by the start of their internship semester and demonstrate outstanding academic and professional leadership qualities.

The Curator of Education of the Chazen Museum, Candie Waterloo, noted, “This fund will allow undergrads to have a genuine museum-education experience and contribute significantly to the Chazen’s programming by exposing them first hand to informal learning settings such as an exhibition or gallery space.”

Grimm, a rising senior from Oak Park, Illinois, will intern during the Fall 2019 semester, and Gilbert, a rising junior from Elk Mound, Wisconsin, will intern during the Spring 2020 semester. Working approximately 10-14 hours per week, they will participate in a museum education “bootcamp” program, collaborate with museum and art education staff to develop workshops related to Chazen exhibitions and collections, and facilitate presentations and workshops in the museum education department.

“I am so grateful for this opportunity, I truly can’t wait,” said Grimm, pictured above on the right. Gilbert, pictured on the left, stated, “I know that working with the Chazen next spring will be an amazing experience!”

“Real work experience is extremely valuable for students,” stated the sponsor of the fellowship, Helen Burish, who is an art education major herself with a master of arts degree from the Art Department. Burish, a long-time advocate for the arts, currently serves as the Chair of the Art Department’s Board of Visitors, a museum docent, and the Chair of the Chazen’s Advisory Council. “My hope is that this new initiative between the UW-Madison Art Department and Chazen Museum will inspire similar student-focused collaborations across all disciplines on campus.”