Jerome Chazen, namesake of UW-Madison art museum, dies at 94

MADISON, Wis. – Jerome “Jerry” Chazen, a 1948 University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate and philanthropist after whom the Chazen Museum of Art is named, died Sunday at the age of 94, the university announced.

In a press release, the university recounted numerous gifts and contributions to the arts by Chazen and his wife Simona, including a major gift in 2005 that prompted the Elvehjem Art Museum to take Chazen’s name. . The couple served on the museum’s advisory board for 20 years and have donated many works of art to it, and more donations are expected.

“I am deeply saddened by the news of Jerry Chazen’s passing,” museum director Amy Gilman said in the statement. “Since joining Chazen in 2017, Jerry has been instrumental in providing guidance and support as I navigated my role as manager and I will miss his candor and wisdom. He was a force in all aspects of his life – business, family, art collecting, philanthropy – and perhaps his deepest legacy will be his eternal pursuit of his passions.

A funeral service is scheduled for Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. central time in New York City. It will be streamed live here.

Mildred D. Field