Author and curator, Chavanne was named Director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes (Museum of Fine Arts in Nantes) in 2006. After earning her Diplôme d’études appliquées (D.E.A.) in Fine Arts in 1978, Chavanne received a Diplôme from l’Ecole du Louvre in 1982 and became the curator of the City of Poitiers Museums until 1991. After ten years as a consultant for museums to the DRAC Bourgogne and the General Inspectorate of Museums of France (in charge of contemporary art), in 2001 she took the direction of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nancy (Museum of Fine Arts in Nancy). Chavanne is interested in twentieth and twenty-first century art, and curated numerous shows and exhibitions.