Curator of Collections, Art Museum, University of Wyoming; AAMG Mountain Plains Regional Representative
Nicole M. Crawford joined the University of Wyoming Art Museum in 2009 as the new Curator of Collections and moved into her current role as Assistant Director and Chief Curator in 2018. Formerly the Vice President of Gallery Operations and Director at the Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, she supervised staff, conducted research and worked with numerous collectors during her eight years with the gallery. Previously she was the curatorial assistant at the Sheldon Museum of Art on the University of Nebraska campus and completed the academic internship program at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In her role as Chief Curator for the Art Museum she leads the curatorial team to oversee, plan, manage and implement the exhibition schedule, supervises curatorial staff, oversees the development of the museum’s collection, serves as the curatorial lead and content authority for all exhibitions, enables internship opportunities in collections research and scholarship, teaches Museum Studies courses, leads museum-based study abroad courses, and chairs the museum’s Collections Advisory Committee. Her international projects include extensive work with cultural reconciliation through the display of objects and contemporary art in post-colonial/post-conflict societies. Crawford has a dual MA in Art History and Museum Studies and a BA in Art History from the University of Nebraska. Her scholarship focus is American Modernism, but she has conducted research and written extensively on many other art genres. Her current research is focused on the role of collector in the acquisition, care, documentation and display of objects both through the collector’s vision and the responsibility of the museum.