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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, Adler has curated several major exhibitions with accompanying publications including Dannielle Tegeder: Painting in the Extended Field (2013), A Sense of Place (2013), and Alyson Shotz: Force of Nature (2014-15), the latter of which traveled to the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston. Her most recent exhibition Yun-Fei Ji: The Intimate Universe (2016) which was on view at the Wellin through June 2016 is currently at the Honolulu Museum of Art through February 2017, and her forthcoming curatorial project Julia Jacquette: Unrequited and Acts of Play opens at the Wellin in February 2017 and will travel to the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit.

 

Megan C. Austin

Megan C. Austin is the Wellin Museum’s Associate Director. Since opening the Wellin in 2012, Austin has developed the educational programming for K-12, local community groups and the Hamilton College community. She came to Hamilton College in 2008, working at the former Fred. L. Emerson Gallery, before moving into the role of Manager of Educational Programming and Outreach, and now her current position at the Wellin. Austin received her bachelor’s degree in English from Utica College of Syracuse University and her master’s degree in museum studies from Syracuse University. In addition to providing oversight for daily operations and managing the fiscal and administrative activities, Austin oversees of the museum's educational programming and outreach. She is the pointperson for engagement; public relations and marketing; educational programs and events. She works with Hamilton faculty and students, local educators and community groups, cultivating a presence for the Wellin beyond the walls of the museum.

 

 

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 Spadea

Amber Geary Spadea 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.