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Department of

Bruce Richardson

Emeritus Lecturer
Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles
M.A., University of California at Los Angeles
B.A., University of California at Los Angeles
Liesinger Hall 152A, UW Casper College



2004-2015       Senior Lecturer of English, University of Wyoming, UW/CC Center

1993-2004       Associate Lecturer of English, University of Wyoming, UW/CC Center

2000-2001       Interim Associate Dean and Director, UW/CC Center

1997-2000       Associate Dean, University of Wyoming, UW/CC Center and Associate Lecturer of English

1989-93      Assistant Professor, English, University of Wyoming, Casper and Laramie 

1984-89       Supply Assistant Professor, English, University of Wyoming, Casper and Laramie


Refereed Chapters in Books:

"Are You Experienced? Teaching Humanities to Older Students" in The Ellbogen Experience: Essays on Teaching by Award-Winning University of Wyoming Faculty. Eds. James Wangberg and Jane Nelson University of Wyoming, 1999.

"'Fear Nothing': John Muir's Writings about Yellowstone" in John Muir, ed. Sally Miller, University of New Mexico Press, 1992.

“Thoreau in Yellowstone? Natural History Writing about America’s First National Park” in eds., Edmund A. Schofield and Robert C. Baron,  Thoreau’s World and Ours: A Natural Legacy,  Fulcrum Press, 1994.

“Play, place and safety in images of Yellowstone and other national parks,” in Beyond the Arch: Community and Conservation in Greater Yellowstone and East Africa Proceedings of the 7th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Ed. Alice Wondrak Biel, Yellowstone National Park: Yellowstone Center for Resources, 2004.


“Shakespeare’s the One,” column in The Casper Star-Tribune, December 11, 2011.

“Wyoming is a Top Arts State, Right Now!” Wyoming Artscapes, Winter, 2011.  Reprinted in The Casper Star-Tribune.

“How to Succeed by Being Bold:  Inspiring Words from the Director of the Kennedy Center,”  Wyoming Artscapes, Fall, 2010.

“The Waitress Sings; What Happens to the Listeners?  Understanding and Documenting the Experience of Audiences,” Wyoming Artscapes, Summer, 2009.

“Arts Mean Business,” published in revised versions in Casper Chamber of Commerce newsletter, The Casper Star-Tribune, National Association of State Arts Agencies Notes, and Wyoming Artscapes, Spring, 2009.

“Jerry the Auto Mechanic Sings Opera: Artist/Workers and Worker/Artists in Wyoming,” Wyoming Artscapes, Fall, 2008.

“Arts Education is Workforce Development,” Wyoming Artscapes, Summer, 2008; shorter version also published in the Casper Chamber of Commerce newsletter.

“Wyoming Arts are Hot; Wyoming Arts Advocacy is Not,” Wyoming Artscapes, Spring, 2008.

“If you love something, advocate for it,” Wyoming Artscapes, Fall, 2007; also published in program for Wyoming Arts Summit, 2007.


Review of The ABC’s of Homosexuality, Casper College Library Update, 2010.

Review of Archive Style, American Quarterly, 2008.

Comment on “Using Applied American Studies” in American Studies, Spring/Summer 2003.

Review of Theory and Tradition in Eighteenth-Century Studies edited by Richard B. Schwartz in The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography.

Review of Yellowstone: The Creation and Selling of American Landscape by Chris Magoc and Preserving Yellowstone's Natural Conditions: Science and the Perception of Nature by James Prichard, John Muir Newsletter, January, 2003.

Essays in Art Catalogues

“Western Art: Them’s Fightin’ Words,” illustrated essay published in conjunction with the exhibit, “West of Everywhere,” Nicolaysen Art Museum, 2006.

“Anna Skibska’s ‘Smoki’: New Glass Work at the Nicolaysen,” Nicolaysen Art Museum, 2003.

"Susan Moldenhauer's Veiled West" Nicolaysen Art Museum, 1999.

“Making Casper a Better Place,” Reconnect, April, 2004.

"Inventing the West: Art from The American Heritage Center, The University of Wyoming" catalogue essay for "Two Centuries of Western Art: Selections from the American Heritage Center Art Collection," Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 1991.

Art Reviews

50 Art Reviews in the “Weekend” section of The Casper Star-Tribune mostly of exhibitions at the Nicolaysen Museum, Casper.

"Market's Call Rules Walker Art" (Sandy Walker, Nic), July 23, 1992.

"Snyder's Work Inadequate for Solicited Interpretations" (Hills Snyder, Nic), July 23, 1992.

"Kaplan Challenges Convention at Dizzying Angles" (Sandra Kaplan, Nic), Sept. 17, 1992.

"Wilber's Color, Design in Art Transform Feeling" (Jessie Wilber, Nic), Sept. 24, 1992.

"Olveda's Art Attacks Status Quo" (Richard Olveda, Nic), Nov. 26, 1992.

"Lloyd Exudes Gusto; Lacks Authority" (Winnie Lloyd, Nic), Nov. 26, 1992.

"Westwind Hosts National Show; CC Faculty at Nic" (Artists Guild, Casper College Faculty), October 29, 1992.

"Vischer's Compelling Paintings Have a Lot to Offer" (Marc Vischer, Nic), Dec. 24, 1992.

"'Art Ducko': Decoy Ducks Out of Water" (Frank Warner, Nic), Jan. 7, 1993.

"Nicolaysen Selections" (Collection Exhibit), Jan. 1993.

"Almost Too Cozy, 'Casper Collects' Does Have Some Surprises" (Nic), Feb. 21, 1993.

"Goedicke's Art Reinvigorates Nature's Works" (Jean Goedicke, Nic), March 7, 1993.

"Nic Show Contrasts Visions: Dark Myth to Happy Acceptance" (Mary Burgess, Jerry Rodriguez, Tom West, Nic), March 21, 1993.

"Gogas Show: More Boogie Woogie than Mondrian" (George Gogas, Nic), April 11, 1993.

"Pathos Prevails Over Stunning Yugoslavian Show" (Graphic Arts from Yugoslavia, Nic), April 18, 1993.

"Savor the Flavor of Wyoming Artists' (Pip Brant, Kathy Gaye Shiroki, Christy Love, Bettina Demetz, Susan Stone, Jessica Holt, John Giarrizzo, Dean Johnson, Wyoming State Museum), May 2, 1993.

"Racism, a Bit of Gumby: Benton's Art Myth-Making" (Thomas Hart Benton watercolors, Nic), May 23, 1993.

"Art from Brazil Offers Chance to Travel Mentally" (Brazilian Naive Art, Nic), May 30, 1993.

"A Really Big Show Takes Over the Walls at the Nic" (Big Prints from the Quensen Workshop), July 18, 1993.

"The Nicolaysen: Art, Pluralism and Who We Are" (Essay, includes discussion of Robert Durden, Gordon McConnell, Mary Jo Maute; exhibit of Maynard Dixon drawings and Auction show), October 17, 1993.

"Collected Visions of Christy Love" (Christy Love, Nic), Nov. 7, 1993.

"1993 Clay National" (National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts Annual, Nic), Nov. 7, 1993.

"Impressions of Wyoming's Favorite Place" (Conrad Schwiering, Nic), Dec. 19, 1993.

"Urban Energy" (Bruce Burris, Nic), Jan. 30, 1994.

"A Whole New World of Carpets at the Nic" (Near-Eastern Weaving), Feb. 1994.

"Art in a Frozen Land" (David Rosenthal, Goodstein Gallery, Casper College), March 13, 1994.

"Artists Guild Show Amiable and Stimulating" (Juried Exhibit, Nic), March 27, 1994.

"Utah Artist's Urban Geology" (Alice Brown-Wagner, Goodstein Gallery, Casper College), April 10, 1994.

"New Twist to Cowboy Art at the Nicolaysen" (Theodore Waddell, Nic), April 17, 1994.

"A Homey Walk through Comfortable Rooms" (Jessica Holt, Nic), May 8, 1994.

"'The Dinosaur Show' in Casper" (Invitational, Nic), June 12, 1994.

"New Work by Wyoming Artists: Good Art, But an Incoherent Show" (Wyoming Works: Juried Exhibit, Nic), June 19, 1994.

"Coherent, Substantial Sedate" (American Prints from the Jan and Frederick Mayer Collection, Nic), June 26, 1994.

"Artists in Nic Show tackle the Big Questions" (Deborah Throop Wilson and Vincent Allan Hazen), Sept. 4, 1994.

"Nic Art Sale on the 24th" (Art Auction Show), Sept. 18, 1994.

"Western Romance: Documentary Time with the Crow" (Crow Indian photographs by Edward S. Curtis and Richard Throssel, Nic), Sept. 18, 1994.

“Montana Artists Bring Their Garden to the NIC” (Terry Karson and Sara Mast), October 30, 1994.

“Confradia! Guatemalan weavings present a potent multicultural view” (Confradia!  Weavings from Guatemala, Nic), November 27, 1994.

"Lawyer Spence's Photographs on Display: Symbols of Decay, Human Loss and Social Injustice" (Gerry Spence, Nic), Jan. 1, 1995.

"Wyoming Artists at Nic Offer Quiet Pleasures" (Mary Alice Huemoeller, Devendra Shrikhande, Sava Malachowski, Maurice Meyer), Jan. 22, 1995.

"A Forrest Gump of a Show: Outsider Art Stumbles Through Nicolaysen Exhibit" (Volkersz Collection), March 12, 1995.

"Wyoming Artists as They See Themselves: Boundary Busting Show Tours the State" (15 Self-Portraits, Arts Council), March 26, 1995.

"A Bigger Splash--Pacific Ocean Paintings at the Nic" (Lynne Brooks Korn), April 2, 1995.

"Into the Woods: Challenging Art on Display" (Ursula von Rydingsvard, UW), April 23, 1995.

"Renaissance of Indian Art" (Our Land/Ourselves, UW), April 30, 1995.

"A Cornucopia of Americana" (Documenting America, UW), May 7, 1995.

"Pondering the Atomic Mindset" (Critical Mass, installation at UW), May 21, 1995.

"If Clay Could Speak" (Ceramics Invitational, Nic), May 28, 1995.

“Images of the Land” (Permanent Collection, Nic), June 25, 1995.

“A Ground Blizzard of Diversity” (Memorable Traditions/Continuing Customs, Seven Artists from Wyoming—Wyoming Arts Council 1994/95 Visual Arts Fellowship Exhibition, University of Wyoming Art Museum), July 2, 1995.


2009,  Extraordinary Merit in Teaching, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Wyoming

2004, Listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America

1992, One of “Top Ten” A&S Teachers    

1991, Ellbogen Award for Meritorious Classroom Teaching, University of Wyoming

Selected Public Service

2007-10, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Board member,  Secretary and Member of the Executive Committee, 09-10

2005-10, Wyoming Arts Council; Chair 2007-10, Board  Member, 2005-13

1997-2003, Board Member, Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper; President of the Board, 2002-05

1994-2005, ARTCORE Board, Casper, Vice President, 1999-2005

1996-2000, Wyoming Council for the Humanities, Board  member, President 1999

Reserch Interests

Paintings of the Rocky Mountains; Wyoming Literature; Yellowstone; William Blake

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