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Staff

Tracy L. Adler, Johnson-Pote Director

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 a BA from Skidmore College and an MA in art history from Hunter College. At the Wellin, Adler has curated 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), Yun-Fei Ji: The Intimate Universe (2016), Julia Jacquette: Unrequited and Acts of Play (2017), and Jeffrey Gibson: This Is the Day (2018). In 2017, Adler was awarded first prize by the Association of Art Museum Curators for the publication accompanying the exhibition Yun-Fei Ji: The Intimate Universe.

 

Katherine Alcauskas, Collections Curator and Exhibitions Manager

Joining the Wellin staff in 2015, Katherine Alcauskas previously worked as the collection specialist in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and as the Florence B. Selden Senior Curatorial Fellow in the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Yale University Art Gallery. She earned a BA from Wellesley College and an MA in art history from the Clark Art Institute Graduate Program at Williams College, where she was awarded the 2008 Judith M. Lenett Fellowship. Alcauskas 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. She serves on the board of the Association of Print Scholars.


 

Alexander D’Acunto, Security Manager

Joining the Wellin staff in 2013, Alexander D’Acunto brings over forty years of security experience to the museum. He 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 an MBA in accounting and criminal justice from Utica College of Syracuse University.

 

 


 

Brie Engle, Lead Security Officer

Joining the Wellin staff in 2014, Brie Engle is a Certified Institutional Protection Manager who assists the security manager in the administration of the museum security team. Engle received a BA in criminal justice from the University of New Haven.  





 

 

Christopher Harrison, Building Manager and Museum Preparator

Christopher Harrison joined the Wellin in 2014 following sixteen years serving as exhibit designer and senior museum specialist at Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. During his time in Washington, Harrison collaborated with institutions including 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’s Masters Workshop in Overhead Rigging, and earned a BFA with a focus in welded steel sculpture from Xavier University.
 

 

Emma Pfeifer, Office Assistant

Joining the Wellin staff in 2018, Emma Pfeifer assists with the day-to-day administrative needs of the museum and with special projects. She received a BA in art history from SUNY Purchase.  

Michelle Reynolds, Curatorial and Programming Coordinator

Joining the Wellin staff in 2016, Michelle Reynolds 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 curatorial projects and facilitates ongoing outreach efforts with the Hamilton College community while managing the museum’s social media presence and coordinating marketing and publicity efforts. She holds a BA in art history and history from the University of Puget Sound and MAs in art history and museum studies from Syracuse University.

Amy Sylvester, Office Administrator

Joining the Wellin staff in 2013, Amy Sylvester manages the general operating budget and endowment funding for the museum. She also serves as the content editor for the museum’s website, manages the attendance-tracking system, and oversees museum events. Sylvester received a BA in art history from Principia College and an MA in museum studies from Syracuse University.