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UW Art Museum Receives Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant

July 28, 2011

The University of Wyoming Art Museum is the recipient of a $74,875 Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to help continue the "Collection Advancement Digitization Project."

Museums for America, the IMLS' largest grant, supports projects that build museums' capacity to serve its communities. This year, IMLS received 481 applications and will fund 160 projects.

The UW Art Museum will use the grant to digitally photograph its identified core collection of 6,628 objects. It also allows for the museum's collection to be integrated into the UW online search engine, which will provide increased curatorial and research opportunities, as well as professional high-resolution images for publication.

The Art Museum and Academic Affairs will each contribute additional funds to the project.

"We are excited to receive IMLS funds that will enable us to make our collections accessible to all," says Susan Moldenhauer, UW Art Museum director and chief curator. "This has been a long-term goal for the museum. Four years ago, IMLS assisted us with a complete content and valuation assessment of our collection. One result was identifying our core collection. Now we will be able to digitize the museum's most important objects."

For more information, call Nicole Crawford, curator of collections, at (307) 766-6529 or email Questions for the Institute of Museum and Library Services can be directed to Kevin O'Connell, Congressional Affairs Officer, at (202) 653-4628 or

For additional information about the UW Art Museum, call (307) 766-6622 or visit the museum's webpage at or blog at

"Imagine learning from the masters" is a guiding principle of the UW Art Museum's programs.  The museum is located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Dr. in Laramie.  The museum and The Museum Store are open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.  Admission is free.

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