Denise Mahoney

Denise Mahoney

Registrar and Collection Manager


Room:AR 128B

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.