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Chazen Museum of Art

Humanities Building and Elvehjem Art Center
Chazen Museum of Art is located in Wisconsin
Chazen Museum of Art
Location 750 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin
Built 1969
Architect Harry Weese
Part of Bascom Hill Historic District (#74000065)
Designated CP September 12, 1974
Exhibition rooms (partial view)
Print by Utagawa Toyokuni in the museum collection

The Chazen Museum of Art is an art museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums located at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in Madison, Wisconsin.

Until 2005 the Museum was known as the Elvehjem Museum of Art, in honour to Conrad Elvehjem, an internationally known biochemist in nutrition. In 1937 Elvehjem identified a molecule found in fresh meat and yeast as a new vitamin, nicotinic acid, now called niacin.[1] His discovery led directly to the cure of human pellagra, once a major health problem in the United States.

In May 2005 the Museum was renamed to Chazen Museum of Art after a $20 million donation from Simona and Jerome A. Chazen (one of the founders of Liz Claiborne and also UW–Madison alumnus) towards an expansion of the museum. The museum was supposed to raise the remaining $15 million required for the expansion. The building housing the museum retains the Elvehjem name.

The mission of the museum is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit works of art and present related educational programs in support of the teaching, research, and public service mission of the university.

European artists represented at this art museum include Klavdy Vasiliyevich Lebedev.

Chamber concerts known as Sunday Afternoon from the Chazen (formerly Live at the Elvehjem) have been broadcast from the museum by Wisconsin Public Radio for decades.


  1. ^ Koehn CJ, Elvehjem CA (1937-05-01). "Further studies on the concentration of the antipellagra factor". Journal of Biological Chemistry 118 (3): 693–699. 

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