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Virtual | A Conversation with Denise Gardner & Alison Cuddy

April 26, 2022 | 1:00 pm

Headshots of Denise Gardner and Alison Cuddy
10am PT/11am MT/12pm CT/1pm ET

Join ArtTable’s Chicago Chapter for a conversation with Denise Gardner as she shares insights and experiences from her career journey, including roles as a senior executive in the marketing and beauty/hair care industries, a passionate art collector and philanthropist, a dedicated member of numerous boards and committees, and her newest role as the first woman and the first African-American to chair the board of a major U.S. art museum – the Art Institute of Chicago.

In conversation with Denise will be Alison Cuddy, former host of Chicago Public Radio’s “Eight Forty-Eight” weekday news magazine show. For over twenty years, Alison Cuddy has been a respected leader in the fields of broadcast journalism, arts and culture, and philanthropy in Chicago, including eight years as the Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director of the Chicago Humanities Festival. An accomplished moderator, Alison is frequently called upon to facilitate conversations with thought leaders and public figures.


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About the speakers

Denise Garder is chair of the Art Institute of Chicago’s board of trustees. Her history with the museum dates back to 1995, when she began her decades-long involvement with the Leadership Advisory Committee. Denise joined the museum’s board in 2006 and has been a member of the governing board of the School of the Art Institute since 2011. In addition to her work with the Art Institute, Denise is a member of the boards of the Arts Club of Chicago and the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and previously served on the executive committee of the Chicago Community Trust, the board of visitors of Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University, and the boards of the Chicago Humanities Festival and the Chicago Public Library.

Alison Cuddy is a Chicago-based writer, curator, and programmer. She has extensive experience developing programs for diverse audiences including eight years as the Marilynn Thoma Artist Director of the Chicago Humanities Festival and more than a decade at Chicago’s NPR affiliate WBEZ, where she hosted the award-winning flagship program, Eight Forty-Eight and was named among “the most powerful women in Chicago journalism” by local media journalist Robert Feder. She is the Vice Chair of Mayor Lightfoot’s Cultural Advisory Council and serves on the boards of the Chicago Reader and the Arts Club of Chicago.

Cuddy holds a B.F.A. in cinema studies from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She has also earned an M.A. in English from the University of Pittsburgh.

Image: Headshots of Denise Gardner and Alison Cuddy (Photo by David Kindler)

Thank you to ArtTable Chicago Chapter Leaders Diane Dinkins Carr and Julie Gustafson for organizing this program.


April 26, 2022
1:00 pm
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