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Art Museum Director Finalists to Visit UW Starting Sept. 13

September 7, 2017

Finalists for the position of director of the University of Wyoming Art Museum have been identified, and they are scheduled to visit UW beginning Wednesday, Sept. 13.

The candidates to succeed longtime Art Museum Director Susan Moldenhauer, who retires this fall, are: Rod Bengston, director of University Art Galleries and the John Young Museum of Art at the University of Hawaii-Manoa; Nicole Crawford, curator of collections at the UW Art Museum; and Marianne Wardle, curator of academic initiatives and of ancient and medieval art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

As part of a visit to campus, each candidate is scheduled to give a public presentation.

Bengston is scheduled to speak from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in Room 138 of the Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center. The presentation will be streamed on WyoCast at To learn more about him, go here.

Crawford is scheduled to speak from 4-5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, at the same location. The presentation will be streamed on WyoCast at To learn more about her, go here.

Wardle is scheduled to speak from 4-5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, at the same location. The presentation will be streamed on WyoCast at To learn more about her, go here.

The search committee will accept input on the finalists following their presentations. Submit feedback by emailing the search committee chair, UW Art Department Head Ricki Klages, at

The UW Art Museum has presented art to the people of Wyoming since its opening in 1972. Originally housed in the lower level of the Fine Arts Building, the museum moved to the Centennial Complex in 1993. The museum’s statewide programs -- the Ann Simpson Artmobile and the Regional Touring Exhibition Service -- were created in 1982 and have been continuously serving the state ever since.

Today, the Art Museum houses a collection of nearly 8,000 original art objects and hosts an average of 18 exhibitions a year. Extensive education programs take place year-round, with classes for all ages that use the exhibitions as original resource material for learning. The museum operates with a full-time staff of 11, a National Advisory Board of up to 23 and the support of many volunteers, donors and friends.

The director oversees the museum’s general operations, exhibitions, permanent collection, fundraising, educational programs, and engagement with the state and regional arts community.

The Art Museum’s “museum as classroom” approach places art at the center of learning for all ages, supports the academic mission of the university, assists in preparing the future workforce with essential skills, and enhances the cultural life of Wyoming’s citizens and visitors.

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