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Staff

Tracy L. Adler

Tracy L. Adler is the Johnson-Pote Director of the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College which opened to the public in October 2012 under her leadership. Prior to her directorship at the Wellin, she was the principal at Adler Arts and the curator of the Hunter College Art Galleries in New York City. She received her bachelor’s degree in art history, with a minor in studio art, from Skidmore College and earned her master’s degree in art history from Hunter College.

At the Wellin Museum of Art, Adler has curated several major exhibitions with accompanying publications including Dannielle Tegeder: Painting in the Extended Field (2013), A Sense of Place (2013), Alyson Shotz: Force of Nature (2014-15), and Yun-Fei Ji: The Intimate Universe (2016) which traveled to the Honolulu Museum of Art. Her most recent curatorial effort Julia Jacquette: Unrequited and Acts of Play (2017) is currently on view at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit. Her next project Jeffrey Gibson: This Is the Day will be on view at the Wellin in Fall 2018 and travel to the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, Austin. In 2017, she won an award from the Association of Art Museum Curators for the publication accompanying the exhibition Yun-Fei Ji: The Intimate Universe.

 

Christopher Harrison

Chris Harrison is the Wellin Museum’s Building Manager and Museum Preparator. He comes to Hamilton College following sixteen years with Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. as their Exhibit Designer and Senior Museum Specialist. During his time in Washington, Harrison enjoyed collaboration with Institutions such as the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The National Museum of Natural History, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, The National Museum of the American Indian, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He studied museum conservation for works on paper with Leslie Paisley, Conservator of Paper at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, received his certificate from Duke University in their Masters Workshop in Overhead Rigging and did his undergraduate work at Xavier University in their Bachelor of Fine Arts Program with a focus in Welded Steel Sculpture.

 

 

Amber Geary

Amber Geary is the Andrew W. Mellon Educator for School and Community Programs at the Wellin Museum. Joining the museum in 2013, she has helped create the K-12 education program, including customizing lessons, tours and art projects to suit educator's specific needs. With a background in both marketing and art education, Amber also creates educational outreach materials, workshops for public school educators and comprehensive presentations that showcase the amenities of the Wellin. In addition to public school outreach, she also aids in overseeing our community events like Wellin Kids and the Farmer's Market Make & Take program. As an art enthusiast and practicing artist, Amber believes that art benefits the study of every subject, at every level of learning. She holds a BFA from Cazenovia College and a Master's in Art Education from Syracuse University.

 

 

Katherine Alcauskas

Katherine Alcauskas has been the Collections and Exhibitions Specialist for the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art since April 2015. Previously, she worked as Collection Specialist in the Department of Drawings & Prints of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and as the Florence B. Selden Senior Curatorial Fellow in the Department of Prints, Drawings, & Photographs of the Yale University Art Gallery. She earned her Master’s Degree in 2008 from the Williams College / Clark Art Institute Graduate Program in Art History, 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 was a contributor to MoMA Highlights: 350 Works from the Museum of Modern Art, revised edition (2013), curated the Yale University Art Gallery exhibition The Pull of Experiment: Postwar American Printmaking, and has given numerous conference papers and served on panels and juries. Her current research focuses on the history and evolution of print rooms. She serves on the board of the Association of Print Scholars and the organizing committee of the New York Chapter of the Wellesley College Friends of Art.

 

 

Michelle Reynolds

Michelle Reynolds is the Curatorial and Programming Coordinator at the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art. Joining the museum staff in 2016, she has over five years of experience working in museums and alongside internationally recognized artists. Her academic and professional work revolves around the ways in which audiences interpret and interact with works of art. At the Wellin, Reynolds assists with various curatorial and collections projects and ongoing outreach efforts. She holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and history from the University of Puget Sound and a master’s degree in art history and museum studies from Syracuse University.

 

 

 

Amy Sylvester

Amy Sylvester is the Office Coordinator at the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, joining the museum staff in June of 2013.  Sylvester assists the staff with a myriad of projects on top of the general administrative tasks for the Museum.  She received her bachelor’s degree in art history from Principia College and her master's degree in museum studies from Syracuse University. 

 

 

Alexander D’Acunto

Alexander D’Acunto is the Security Manager at the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, joining the museum staff in 2013. Bringing over 40 years of security experience to the museum, D’Acunto has a comprehensive knowledge of investigative and interrogative practices and has been recognized by law enforcement agencies for outstanding performance in emergency preparedness. Trained as a first-responder for disaster situations he is also CPIM, EMS, AED and Bloodborne Pathogen Certified.  D’Acunto holds a MBA in accounting and criminal justice from Utica College/Syracuse University.

Brianne Engle

Brianne Engle is the Lead Security Officer at the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art.  Joining the museum staff in 2014, Engle assists the Security Manager in the administration of the museum security team as a Certified Institutional Protection Manager (CIPM). Engle received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of New Haven, graduating magna cum laude, with a minor in Sociology.