The Milwaukee Art Museum today announced two key additions to its leadership team: Elizabeth Siegel has been named the museum’s chief curator and André Allaire has been named director of development.
A seasoned curator and leader, Siegel comes to the Museum after 25 years at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she is currently Curator of Photography and Media. Allaire, who is currently assistant vice president for development at Parsons School of Design, the nation’s top art and design school, has spent the past 25 years raising funds for arts, cultural and educational institutions, mainly in New York. Siegel will assume the role of Chief Curator effective January 9, 2023 and Allaire will become Chief Development Officer effective January 1, 2023.
“We are thrilled to welcome Liz and André to our leadership team, and I know their vast experience will be invaluable in shaping the future of our museum,” said Marcelle Polednik, Director Donna and Donald Baumgartner of Milwaukee Art. Museum. “Liz is a respected curator, collaborator and scholar whose innovative approach, commitment to community engagement and on-the-ground connections make her the ideal leader for our curatorial team. With her decades of background as a strategic fundraiser for arts and cultural institutions and passionate about the arts, André will be an essential partner in securing critical support to advance the Museum’s mission.”
As Chief Curator, Siegel will leverage her extensive experience in curating exhibitions, conducting curatorial research, and managing acquisitions and collections to expand the institution’s reach and impact. She will lead the Museum’s curatorial and collections departments, direct the Museum’s exhibitions program and scholarly publications, and oversee acquisitions for the Museum’s permanent collection.
“I am thrilled to join the Milwaukee Art Museum, which I have long admired for its strong commitment to fostering inclusive programming and for its innovative use of contemporary art to connect visitors to historic works in its vibrant collection,” said Siegel said. “You can feel the energy and excitement as you enter the Museum building, and I look forward to working with the curatorial team and the community to amplify what they are already doing to share the transformative power of art.”
As Chief Development Officer, Allaire will work in partnership with the Director, staff and Board of Trustees to set the institution’s philanthropic strategy and lead fundraising in support of the mission and direction. museum strategy. Overseeing the development and membership departments, Allaire will collaborate with colleagues in conservation, education, community dialogue, marketing, design and finance, and work closely with the board of directors. administration to raise essential funds that support the museum’s esteemed collection, exhibitions and programming. .
“I look forward to joining the Milwaukee Art Museum team, bringing my experience as an entrepreneurial fundraiser and as a motivating and inspiring team leader,” Allaire said. “Having studied art history as an undergraduate and worked to advance the missions of some of New York’s most esteemed educational, arts and cultural organizations, I am thrilled to return to the world of museums where I can align my professional expertise with my deep personal passion for art.”
Liz Siegel is currently Curator of Photography and Media at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she worked for 25 years as a collaborative leader and developed an international reputation for curatorial scholarship and interdisciplinary innovation.
Siegel has curated or co-curated nearly 30 exhibitions emphasizing groundbreaking scholarship, engaging presentation, and accessible content. These include André Kertész: Postcards from Paris (2021), the first exhibition devoted to the photographer’s postcard prints; Playing with Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photocollage (2009), a landmark project featuring the whimsical and surreal inventions of aristocratic women; and Taken by Design: Photographs from the Institute of Design, 1937-1971 (2002), an in-depth study of one of the leading schools of photography and design, and still a reference in the field. She has also organized exhibitions on contemporary photographers Uta Barth, Vera Lutter, Richard Misrach, Abelardo Morell and Tokihiro Sato. His collaborative and interdisciplinary projects have brought out new relationships between objects and art histories. Most recently, she was part of the collaborative team behind Floating Museum: A Lion for Every House (2022), an experimental commission aimed at breaking down the walls between the museum and Chicago’s diverse communities.
His scholarly contributions in print and digital formats have helped shape the field, having written important catalogs to accompany exhibitions as well as scholarly studies that have become touchstones for scholarship. Siegel also helped secure strategic acquisitions for the Art Institute, most recently of some 500 19th-century American photographs, mostly daguerreotypes, from the W. Bruce and Delaney H. Lundberg Collection. A 2018 graduate of the Center for Curatorial Leadership, Siegel earned her PhD and MA in Art History from the University of Chicago and her BA from Yale University.
André Allaire has spent the past 25 years leading fundraisers for non-profit arts, cultural and educational institutions, primarily in New York City. In his current role as Assistant Vice President for Development at Parsons School of Design, the nation’s top art and design school, Allaire has identified and shaped key priorities for significant philanthropic investment from alumni, parents , friends, businesses and foundations.
Previous roles have included serving as the first-ever Director of Executive MBA Alumni Relations and Development at NYU Stern School of Business (2008-2012), where he built engagement and giving programs from the ground up for a very successful but hitherto untapped segment of the oldies. community. As vice president of development for the Municipal Art Society of New York (2012-2016), a 125-year-old civil rights organization, he raised more than 90% of the organization’s annual operating budget during a period of strategic transition. As Director of Corporate Relations at the New York Public Library (2016-2018), Allaire took on a newly repositioned and expanded role designed to seek out and secure more strategic philanthropic partnerships with the corporate community, locally and national. He graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History.