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Designed by internationally prominent architect Antoine Predock to represent a town at the foot of a 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
Mark Greene, Director
Web site: http://ahc.uwyo.edu
The American Heritage Center (AHC) is the university's repository of manuscripts collections, rare books library, and official archives. 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 40+ courses in 18 different departments at UW: Art, African-American Studies, American Indian Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Geography and Recreation, History, Lab School, English, Music, Nursing, Pharmacy, Political Science, Secondary Education, Sociology, University Studies, Women's Studies, Zoology. The AHC also works with 60 public school classes annually.
The Center is one of the largest and most consulted non-governmental repositories in the United States.
Major areas 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. Like most major university repositories, the AHC collects both regionally and nationally in select areas.
The Toppan Library is the University's rare book center. More than 60,000 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.
The AHC website has earned several national awards. Our digital collections contain tens of thousands of photos and historical documents: http://ahc.uwyo.edu/digitalcollections.
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 is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Mondays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
American Heritage Center Faculty:
EMILY J. CHRISTOPHERSON, B.S. University of Wisconsin - Madison 2005; M.A. 2010; Assistant Archivist 2012..
RACHAEL DREYER, B.A. Grinnell College 2004; M.I.S. University of Michigan 2009; Assistant Archivist 2011.
RICHARD G. EWIG, B.A. University of Wyoming 1979; M.A. 1980; Associate Archivist 2010, 1994.
BENJAMIN M. GOLDMAN, B.A. Arizona State University 1998; C.A.S. Syracuse University 2009; M.S. 2009; Assistant Archivist 2009.
MARK A. GREENE, B.A. Ripon College 1980; M.A. University of Michigan 1984; Director 2002.
SHAUN HAYES, B.A. Bowling Green State University 2006; M.L.I.S. University of Pittsburgh 2008; Assistant Archivist 2012, 2009.
LAURA UGLEAN JACKSON, B.A. Colorado State University 2004; M.L.S. Simmons College 2007; Assistant Research Scientist 2012.
GINNY KILANDER, B.A. Indiana University 1992; M.A. University of Wyoming 1998; Associate Archivist 2010, 1999.
ANNE MARIE LANE, B.A. University of Missouri 1973; M.A. University of Kansas 1980; M.L.S. University of Arizona 1992; Archivist/Curator of Rare Books 2011, 1995.
AMANDA SNOW, B.A. Colorado State University 2004; M.L.I.S. University of Denver 2007; Assistant Archivist 2012.
LESLIE C. WAGGENER, B.A. University of Texas, Austin 1995; M.L.I.S. 2000; Associate Archivist 2012, 2007, 2000.
D. CLAUDIA THOMPSON, B.A. Metropolitan State College, Denver 1977; M.A. University of Denver 1978; Archivist 2011, 1995.
JOHN WAGGENER, B.A. University of Wyoming 1994; M.A. 2001; Associate Archivist 2012, 2007, 2000.
Susan Moldenhauer, Director & Chief Curator
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 7,000 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, 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 15-17 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.
The Art Museum provides extensive education programs for all ages, including preschool through 12th grade, university students and adults. Using the museum's exhibitions as inspiration, participants create their own art and experience an investigative studio process. Learning from the masters is the museum's key objective and all classes are based on the model of observe, question, explore, create, and reflect.
Art Express, the museum's outreach programs, include the Ann Simpson Artmobile Program and the Touring Exhibition Service. The Artmobile brings original art and a museum educator to Wyoming's communities for programs in schools, community centers, museums, and galleries. The Touring Exhibition Service circulates as many as eight exhibitions of original art to venues across the state and beyond.
The Museum Store offers museum publications (exhibition catalogs and posters), collection notecards and reproduction prints, and unique logo items that include tote bags, t-shirts, and lapel pins.
The Art Museum is free to all and is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Hours are extended to include Mondays until 9 pm in the months of February, March, April, September, October, and November. Additional information on the Art Museum is available on its webpage, http://www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum/; blog, www.uwartmuseum.blogspot.com; Facebook (University of Wyoming Art Museum) and YouTube (uwartmuseum).
Art Museum Faculty
HEATHER BENDER, B.A. Salisbury State University 1991; Master Teacher 2009.
WENDY BREDEHOFT, B.F.A. University of Wyoming 1984; M.F.A. Vermont College 1996; Education Curator 2006; Associate Research Scientist 2012.
NICOLE CRAWFORD, B.A. University of Nebraska 1997; M.A. 2005; Curator of Collections 2009; Assistant Lecturer 2012.
RACHEL MILLER, B.A. University of Wyoming 2007; M.A. University of Denver 2009; Assistant Curator 2009; Assistant Research Scientist 2012.
ELIZABETH WETZBARGER, B.A. University of Wyoming 2006; Ann Simpson Artmobile Curator 2007.