Registrar and Collection Manager
Denise Mahoney, Registrar and Collection Manager for the
David Owsley Museum of Art, provides for the care, preservation, safety, and
accessibility of the museum’s collection and associated records.
Previously she was Collection and Exhibition Manager for the
Department of American Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. While there she
facilitated projects including the photography of the department’s objects and
the subsequent uploading of the collection to the museum’s website, making the
records accessible to all. Exhibitions she managed included America After the Fall: Painting in the
1930s (2016); Art and Appetite:
American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine (2013); and They Seek a City: Chicago and the Art of Migration, 1910-1950 (2013).
She was also a contributing author to The
Age of American Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Art Institute of Chicago (2011)
and American Modernism at the Art
Institute of Chicago (2009). She writes for the Allgemeines
Kunsterlexikon, an international biographical database of artists. Denise
received a BFA in Art History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MA in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism from
the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where her thesis focused on the
work of the American painter Cecilia Beaux.