Amy Gilman

Position title: Director, Chazen Museum of Art


B.S. Northwestern University, 1991
M.F.A. Columbia College Chicago, 2000
Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University, 2005

Dr. Amy Gilman joined the Chazen Museum of Art as director in September 2017, overseeing all administrative, financial, and curatorial duties. Since her arrival, Gilman has stewarded a five-year strategic plan, replaced unpaid internships with paid ones, and prior to the pandemic, dramatically expanded the museum’s hours to 12 hours per day, 7 days per week. During COVID and an unusual academic year, Gilman initiated the development of flexible, adaptable, virtual curricula for use by faculty, connecting the museum’s permanent collection with course themes of resilience and surviving trauma, and art and activism. Gilman is a progressive leader in the field, and an advocate for the role of the university art museum on campus and in the community.

Prior to the Chazen, Gilman spent 12 years at the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio where she served as deputy director, assistant director for collections and exhibitions, and curator of modern and contemporary art. Gilman is an alumna of the Getty Leadership Institute. She earned her doctorate in art history at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, a Master of Fine Arts in photography from Columbia College in Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in performance studies from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.