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MMoCA Appointment of Its New Gabriele Haberland Director, Paul Baker Prindle

MADISON, WI— The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Paul Baker Prindle to serve as MMoCA’s Gabriele Haberland Director.

Baker Prindle received his graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree from Edgewood College. During his time in Madison, Baker Prindle worked at the Madison Art Center, now the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA).

“My professional journey truly began at the Madison Arts Center.” Baker Prindle said, “I worked in the store off and on for a decade. During this time, I developed a fondness not only for my colleagues but also for the community members who contribute to the meaningful work of our mission.”

Baker Prindle comes from the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum (the Kleefeld) at California State University, Long Beach, where he has served as the Director since 2019. At the Kleefeld, he oversaw the Museum’s expansion and renovation, strengthened the collection, and secured the American Alliance of Museums reaccreditation. Additionally, Baker Prindle organized and curated the exhibitions It moves forward, always, Drag Show, and Lee Krasner: Collage Paintings 1951-1955 featuring the work of self-taught artists, LGTBQ artists, Indigenous Americans, and artists who identify as women.

MMoCA Board of Trustees President, Colin B. Good shares, “On behalf of The Board of Trustees, I want to convey how excited we are that Paul is joining the Museum at this pivotal moment. Paul not only brings with him decades of experience as an accomplished executive director, curator, and artist but also brings a vision to strengthen the Museum’s place in our community.”

Baker Prindle states, “In Madison, a community abundant with rich resources, I believe it is vital for a contemporary art museum to serve as a hub for dialogue and engagement. MMoCA’s focus will be on fostering inclusivity and ensuring that all participants in our cultural journey feel genuinely welcomed at the museum no matter what material we’re exploring.”

Prior to his tenure at the Kleefeld, Paul Baker Prindle was the Director of the John and Geraldine Lilley Museum of Art at the University of Nevada, Reno, and has held positions at Gagosian Gallery, Edgewood College, and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

Baker Prindle will relocate to Madison at the end of April to take the helm at MMoCA on May 9, 2024.

About MMoCA

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is always admission-free. Its vision is to be an organization that fosters the exchange of ideas and creates experiences that will inspire a wide audience; be a nexus for the work of emerging and established regional, national, and international artists; serve as a catalyst for the continued development of a vigorous community of artists; and provide a forum that will encourage people to be challenged by, reflect on, and make connections between art and the world around them. The Museum includes four galleries and The Shop, a space to provide interactive contemporary art experiences and educational workshops to the community.

The Rooftop Sculpture Garden provides an urban oasis with an incredible view which serves as a lovely venue for weddings, art openings, and cinema. The adjacent Rooftop Lounge is used for community and collaborative art pop-ups, as well as a reception area for Museum events. Please visit to learn more.

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