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 a BA from Skidmore College and earned an MA 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), Yun-Fei Ji: The Intimate Universe (2016), and Julia Jacquette: Unrequited and Acts of Play (2017). Her upcoming curatorial effort Jeffrey Gibson: This Is the Day will be on view at the Wellin from September 8 – December 9, 2018 and travel to the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas, Austin. In 2017, she was awarded first prize by the Association of Art Museum Curators for the publication accompanying the exhibition Yun-Fei Ji: The Intimate Universe.
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 is the Museum Educator and Docent Program Supervisor at the Wellin Museum. Joining the museum in 2013, Amber created and presently supervises the K-12 and community education program, as well as the student docent program. Geary recently concluded a two-year qualitative research project funded by the Andrew. W. Mellon Foundation that focused on the relationship between public school educators and museum education programs. With a background in both marketing and art education, Amber believes that art benefits the study of every subject, at every level of learning. Geary holds a B.F.A. in Visual Communications from Cazenovia College and a M.S. in Art Education (K-12) from Syracuse University.
Katherine Alcauskas is the Collections Curator and Exhibitions Manager for the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, joining the museum staff in 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.
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 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 bachelor’s degree in art history and history from the University of Puget Sound and master’s degrees in art history and museum studies from Syracuse University.
Amy Sylvester is the Office Administrator at the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art. Joining the museum staff in June of 2013, she manages the budget, coordinates museum events, and maintains the website and attendance tracking systems. Sylvester 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 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 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.