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Centennial Complex

Designed by internationally prominent architect Antoine Predock to represent both an "archival mountain" and a town at the foot of the mountain, this dramatic building contains the collections of the American Heritage Center and the UW Art Museum. It is located at 2111 Willett Drive, just north of the Arena Auditorium and War Memorial Stadium.

American Heritage Center

Paul Flesher, Director
(307) 766-4114
Web site:

The American Heritage Center (AHC) is the university’s repository of manuscripts collections, its rare books library, and its official archives. The Center is one of the largest and most consulted non-governmental repositories in the United States.  In 2010 it was recognized as one of the most distinguished archives in the nation when it received the Society of American Archivists’ Distinguished Service Award.

The Center places service to UW undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty as its highest priority. However, because the AHC’s collections are known worldwide, UW undergraduates using the Center’s holdings might be working alongside scholars from Japan or Nigeria or the producers of PBS’s American Experience.

The AHC’s collections are of interest to far more than history majors. Each year Center archivists work with students in more than two dozen disciplines at UW: Art, African-American Studies, Agricultural Education, American Indian Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Botany, Business Administration, Civil Engineering, Creative Writing, Energy Law, Geography and Recreation, History, International Studies, Lab School, English, Music, Nursing, Pharmacy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Secondary Education, Sociology, University Studies, Women’s Studies, Zoology.  The AHC also works with a dozen public school classes annually.

• Like most major university repositories, the AHC collects both regionally and nationally in select areas.  Major subject concentrations of the 75,000 cubic foot manuscript collections include Wyoming and the American West, the mining and petroleum industries, Western politics and leadership, conservation, journalism, transportation, and 20th century entertainment such as popular music, radio, television, and film.

• The Toppan Library is the University’s rare book center. More than 50,000 items range from medieval illuminated manuscripts to the 21st century. Subject strengths include the American West, British and American literature, early exploration of North America, religion, hunting and fishing, natural history, women authors, and the book arts. Unlike most rare book libraries, it is an active teaching site and welcomes both undergraduates and the public.

The AHC website has earned several national awards. Our digital collections contain 100,000+ photos and historical documents:

The faculty archivists of the AHC are state, regional, national, and international leaders in their fields, speaking and publishing on historical, archival, and library topics. Several teach national workshops. The Center’s reference archivists are leaders in their profession in undergraduate outreach and instruction. Students and faculty are encouraged to visit and make use of the collections – no appointments are necessary. The American Heritage Center hours are: Reading Room (M, 10am-7pm, Tu-F, 8am-5pm) / Toppan LIbrary (M-F, 8:30am-5pm) / Building (M-F, 8am-5pm).

American Heritage Center Faculty:

SARA C. DAVIS, B.A. University of Wyoming 2005; 2012; M.S.L.S. Simmons College 2016; Associate Archivist 2018.
RACHEL GATTERMEYER, B.A. The Ohio State University 2013; M.L.I.S. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 2015; Assistant Archivist 2018.
GINNY KILANDER, B.A. Indiana University 1992; M.A. University of Wyoming 1998; Archivist 2017, 1999.
MOLLY MARCUSSE, B.A. University of Michigan 2010; M.L.S. University of Maryland 2013; Assistant Archivist 2015.
LESLIE C. WAGGENER, B.A. University of Texas, Austin 1995; M.L.I.S. 2000; Archivist 2018, 2000.
D. CLAUDIA THOMPSON, B.A. Metropolitan State College, Denver 1977; M.A. University of Denver 1978; Archivist 2016, 1995.
JOHN WAGGENER, B.A. University of Wyoming 1994; M.A. 2001; Archivist 2018, 2000.

Art Museum

Marianne Eileen Wardle, Director
(307) 766-6622
Web site:

Located on the east side of campus in the award-winning Centennial Complex, the Art Museum was established to "bring the world of art to Wyoming." As an academic museum and a leader in the arts, the Art Museum collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets visual art from around the world to challenge, inspire and educate the people of Wyoming and beyond, and serves as a gathering place for interdisciplinary discourse, dialogue and community interaction.

The Art Museum's permanent collection is comprised of over 8,000 objects, which includes European and American paintings, prints, sculpture and drawings as well as special collections of 18th and 19th century Japanese Ukiyo-e prints, 15th through 19th century Persian and Indian miniature paintings, 20th century Haitian art, 20th century Japanese netsuke, 20th century and contemporary photography, and Rapa Nui, Papua New Guinea, African, and Native American artifacts. From 15th century Old Master prints to French Rococo, German Expressionism, Fauvism, Modernism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism and Contemporary Art, the collection of paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, photography, and arts of many cultures and periods, all relate to the development of American art, historically and in all forms.

Exhibitions support the academic mission of the University of Wyoming, provide original resource material for students of all ages, and enhance the cultural life of Wyoming's citizens and visitors. The Art Museum features an average of 8-10 exhibitions annually. Exhibitions rotate generally on a semester schedule, allowing professors to incorporate original artwork into their curriculum and providing access for students to view and use the exhibitions as a resource for original research and scholarship. The schedule typically combines exhibitions curated from the permanent collection, contemporary art by regional, national and international artists, and art from the American West.

University of Wyoming Art Museum places art at the center of learning for all ages, supports the academic mission of the University, assists in preparing our future workforce with essential skills, and enhances the cultural life of Wyoming’s citizens and visitors. The Art Museum provides extensive education programs for all ages, including preschool through 12th grade, university community and life-long learners. Museum experiences can be scheduled for all ages and are based on the model of observe, question, explore, create, and reflect. These experiences are active learning and often involved time in the galleries and studios planned and facilitated by a trained educator or curator. Each visit is tailored to group needs and can be tied to curriculum goals or group outcomes as needed.

The Art Museum supports the intellectual community and social life at the University of Wyoming in many ways. Faculty and students can work with the Curator of Academic Engagement to research and engage with artworks on view in the galleries or those stored in collections. More in depth semester long projects can be explored in our Pat Guthrie Teaching Gallery—a space dedicated to transdisciplinary learning. While the gallery is designed to meet the needs of the academic community, it is also open to the public in order to demonstrate connections between the Art Museum and teaching across the curriculum, thus supporting UW’s academic mission. Students can also benefit from volunteer opportunities, work study and internships across departments within the museum.

The museum’s statewide outreach programs include the Ann Simpson Artmobile Program and the Regional Touring Exhibition Service, which provide art-filled and creative opportunities to Wyoming people in even the most remote communities and underserved situations. The Artmobile brings original art and programming delivered by a professionally trained museum educator to schools, community centers, libraries, art spaces and adult-living centers. For a small one-way shipping fee, the Regional Touring Exhibition Service circulates exhibitions of original art from the permanent collection to venues across the state. Curriculum guides and limited interpretive materials are included with this service..

The Art Museum is free to all and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Hours are extended to include Thursdays until 7 pm during the academic year. Additional information on the Art Museum is available on its webpage,; Facebook (University of Wyoming Art Museum), Instagram (#uwartmuseum) and YouTube (uwartmuseum). 

Art Museum Faculty

KATIE CHRISTENSEN, B.F.A. University of Wyoming 2003; M.F.A. Bowling Green State University 2011; Curator of Education and Statewide Engagement/Assistant Lecturer 2015. 
RAECHEL COOK, B.A. University of Northern Colorado 2010; M.F.A. Kansas State University 2014; Curator of Academic Engagement/Assistant Lecturer 2018.
NICOLE CRAWFORD, B.A. University of Nebraska 1997; M.A. 2005; Chief Curator/Associate Lecturer 2017, 2009.
SARITA TALUSANI KELLER, B.F.A. University of Houston 1997; M.Ed. 2002; Ph.D. University of North Texas 2014; Artmobile Educator/Assistant Lecturer 2018.

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