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Dan Jacobs, Gallery Director and Curator of University Art Collections

Dan Jacobs is the first full-time director of the University of Denver’s Victoria H. Myhren Gallery. Jacobs, whose 20-year career includes positions at the Denver Art Museum and Getty Conservation Institute, has also served as Curator of University Art Collections since his appointment in 2005. Before coming to DU, Jacobs was a consulting scholar and co-curator for projects at the Timken Museum of Art in San Diego. He worked at the Denver Art Museum from 1990 to 1998, first as Director of Public Affairs & Development and later as Assistant Director for Special Projects. In 1981, he graduated from Harvard College, in Art History. In 1984, he obtained his M.B.A.with a concentration in arts management from UCLA, and in 2004 he received the M.A. in Art History from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Jacobs’ personal research interests include the historical and contemporary uses of the human body in artworks, including anatomical art.


Lauren Abman,  Assistant to the Director

Lauren Abman holds a Masters in Public Humanities from Brown University’s Center for Public Humanities. She worked previously at the Williams College Museum of Art, Boys and Girls Club, RISD Museum and the Denver Art Museum.


Lauren Hartog, Senior Gallery Assistant 
Megan Farlow, Gallery Assistant
Sarah Martin, Web and Graphic Designer
Mary Grace Bernard, Special Projects

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Nessa KerrCollections Manager, University Art Collections 

(M.A. 2015) has been working at the Myhren Gallery since September 2011 when she began her graduate degree at DU in Art History and Museum Studies. She worked as a Graduate Gallery Assistant and the Assistant to the Director before moving into her current position as Collections Manager for the University Art Collections (UAC) in January of 2016. Nessa is passionate about growing and preserving the UAC using best practices and guiding student workers through projects to make that a reality.


Lauren Greenwell Adamson, Collections Assistant

Lauren is an alumni of DU’s Art History and Museum Studies graduate Program. She is interested in modern and contemporary art and has a particular fascination with photography – especially 19th century stereographs.


Kristin Chiesi, Collections Assistant


Student Collections Assistants

The University Art Collections (UAC) employs many student workers, both graduate and undergraduate, from programs including Art History/Museum Studies and Library and Information Science. Students learn skills in many areas including art handling and installation, object cataloging and condition reporting, object storage methods, HVAC tracking, Integrated Pest Management, data entry and database management, photography, image and document scanning and preservation, and more! Contact us at if you are interested in working with us.

Renee Bedard, Graduate Student Collections Assistant 
Nathalie CarloGraduate Student Collections Assistant
Kati Morgan, Graduate Student Collections Assistant
Hannah Ronan-DaniellGraduate Student Collections Assistant
Sheena YoungGraduate Student Collections Assistant
Maggie Sava, Student Collections Assistant
Kate Woestemeyer, Student Collections Assistant
Kierra Aiello, Madden Research Fellow

Kierra graduated from the University of Denver with her Bachelors in art history and music, and a Masters in art history with a concentration in museum studies. Kierra became the Madden Collection Research Fellow in 2016 and continues to research the collection.