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University of Wisconsin Madison Receives Major Collection and $8 Million Gift

The Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin Madison has received a donation of artworks and cash valued at twenty-eight million dollars total from New York art collectors Jerome and Simona Chazen, who are both alumni of the school, reports the Wisconsin State Journal’s Gayle Worland.

The gift comprises artwork estimated to be worth twenty million dollars, with pieces by Roy Lichtenstein, Hans Hoffmann, Jim Dine, Robert Motherwell, David Hockney, and Jean Dubuffet.

The couple has also vowed to give five million dollars for the Chazen Museum building, and will contribute three million dollars to endow distinguished chairs in the school’s art and art history departments. Museum director Russell Panczenko called it “one of the most significant gifts” in the museum’s history.

Jerome Chazen is a co-founder of Liz Claiborne, and is currently chairman of Chazen Capital Partners, while Simona Chazen is a social worker and serves on the Chazen Museum’s advisory council.