Jody Clowes is the director of the Wisconsin Academy's James Watrous Gallery. With years of experience developing and curating exhibitions, running gallery programs, and writing about art, her background includes senior positions at Milwaukee Art Museum, Detroit's Pewabic Pottery, and the UW-Madison's Design Gallery.
Wisconsin Academy Staff
Jane Elder is executive director of the Wisconsin Academy. She brings to the Wisconsin Academy a strong background in public policy leadership, nonprofit management, and involvement in Wisconsin arts. Her career has focused on environmental policy and communications, while personal interests include theater, modern dance and painting.
John Greenler is the Academy's director of Environmental Initiatives. His experience related to the environment, climate and energy is extensive and multidimensional. For ten years John was the Director of Outreach at the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) of UW-Madison and the U.S. DOE-funded Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC).
Jessica James is the Academy’s Climate Initiatives Coordinator. In her studies at the University of Minnesota, Jessica worked in a number of event coordination roles including as a Communication and Event Assistant at the Institute on the Environment in Minneapolis. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Environmental Sciences, Jessica joined the Wisconsin Academy in the Climate and Energy Program.
Matt Rezin is building manager & outreach coordinator for the Wisconsin Academy. After graduating from UW-Madison, he has worked for Madison nonprofit organizations such as Goodman Community Center and Madison Public Library Foundation in a variety of roles from development to youth education program coordination. Matt's personal interests include a healthy appetite for pop culture, Wisconsin sports, and all manner of other niche sports and competition.
Amanda E. Shilling is development director of the Wisconsin Academy. Amanda joined the Wisconsin Academy in 2013, having served as Ten Chimneys Foundation’s development manager since 2001. Prior to Ten Chimneys Foundation, Amanda worked in development and subscription sales at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. She holds a BA in arts administration from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point.
Jason A. Smith is the associate director of the Wisconsin Academy and editor of its quarterly magazine of Wisconsin thought and culture, Wisconsin People & Ideas. Before joining the Wisconsin Academy in 2008, Jason was the managing editor of The Common Review, the quarterly magazine of the Great Books Foundation, where he also developed anthologies for adult reading groups.
Nikita Werner is the administrative assistant at the Wisconsin Academy. After graduating from UW-Madison with a BA in Anthropology, Nikita worked in a number of administrative roles including as a department coordinator at the Wisconsin Medical Society. She is currently working toward a MS in Anthropology and Museum Studies from UW-Milwaukee.
Ann Wilson is the Business Manager at the Wisconsin Academy. Along with her degree in Business from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Ann brings 30 years of business experience from the private sector and as a small business owner. She is excited to expand her career to the nonprofit sector. Ann’s personal interests include live theater, reading and anything outdoors where you can find her biking, hiking or skiing in the winter (yes, she loves Wisconsin winters!).
Wisconsin Academy Administrative Offices and Steenbock Gallery
1922 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53726
James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
3rd Floor, Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608.733.6633 x25