Nicole Crawford

Director & Chief Curator

University of Wyoming Art Museum

Nicole joined the University of Wyoming Art Museum in 2009. Formerly the Vice President of Gallery Operations and Director at the Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, she supervised staff, conducted research and worked with numerous collectors during her eight years with the gallery. Previously she was the curatorial assistant at the Sheldon Museum of Art on the University of Nebraska campus and completed the academic internship program at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

In Nicole’s role at the UW Art Museum, she leads the curatorial team to oversee, plan, manage and implement the exhibition schedule, supervises curatorial staff, oversees the development of the museum’s collection, serves as the curatorial lead and content authority for all exhibitions, enables internship opportunities in collections research and scholarship, teaches Museum Studies courses, leads museum-based study abroad courses, and chairs the museum’s Collections Advisory Committee. Her international projects include extensive work with cultural reconciliation through the display of objects and contemporary art in post-colonial/post-conflict societies.

Nicole has a dual MA in Art History and Museum Studies and a BA in Art History from the University of Nebraska and a certificate in Arts Management from the UCI Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California-Irving. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Philosophy, Aesthetics and Art Theory from the Institute for Doctorial Studies in Visual Art. Her current research is focused on the role of collector in the acquisition, care, documentation and display of objects both through the collector’s vision and the responsibility of the museum.


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