Ann Constance Madonia

July 14, 2020
Ann Constance Madonia

Ann Constance Madonia, 89, died peacefully on July 14th with her sister Barbara Mastellone and niece Nicole Mastellone by her side.
Her passion for art led to several degrees in Art Appraisal and Art History, specializing in American Art.
She started working in the art field as a gallery assistant at David Findley Galleries in NYC and went on to become Curator of Collections at the Davenport Museum of Art in Iowa. In 1989, she became the Curator of Collections at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary. In 2002, she became the Acting Director at the museum where she stayed until retirement.
One of her passions has been to stimulate public interest in the arts. She worked diligently to increase attendance at exhibitions by offering lectures, workshops, and other events designed to attract interest.
While at the Davenport Museum, she instituted a regular program for conservation, and put together a restoration of the Mexican Colonial collection, a noteworthy achievement culminating with an exhibit with a bilingual catalog. Another one of her proudest achievements was the exhibit of Georgia O’Keeffe, the first exhibit of the artist in the South.
Along the way, she mentored many students and helped develop their appreciation of art and their career in the art world. Her wry sense of humor and keen intellect kept her involved to the very end of her life. She was one of a kind.


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  • July 18, 2020
    Joanne Hanna says:
    I was Ann's Hairstylist for many years in Williamsburg and thoroughly enjoyed talking with her every week about so many things but especially we would share recipes. I will miss her sense of humor and intellect and she was a classy Lady. Rest my friend Ann

  • July 20, 2020
    Rachel Mayes Strawn says:
    I worked at the Muscarelle Museum with Ann in the mid 1990s. She was a lovely woman and so knowledgeable. I loved her flare for the dramatic and sense of style. She brought her appreciation for the arts to so many. I hope your memories of her bring you peace.

  • July 20, 2020
    Rachel Mayes Strawn says:
    I worked with Ann at the Muscarelle in the mid-1990s. She was a lovely woman with a great sense of style and she was so knowledgeable. She brought her appreciation for the arts to so many. May your memories of her bring you peace.

  • July 22, 2020
    Milissa Cheves says:
    I met Ann at a local Bunco group. She was a lovely person and I always enjoyed being around her. She was so friendly and will be missed by all. My deepest condolences to her family and friends.

  • July 24, 2020
    Patricia Hilton says:
    I too met Ann at Bunco. She was a fun lady to be with. I was in awe when she shared her art background. Fascinating lady. My sympathies to those who loved her