Nicole M. Crawford joined the University of Wyoming Art Museum in 2009 as the new Curator of Collections. Formerly the Gallery Director and Vice President of Gallery Operations at the Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico (2000-2008). She also was the Curatorial Assistant at the Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska (1999-2000) and completed the academic internship program at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1999). Crawford has a dual MA in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Nebraska (2005) and a BA in Art History and Anthropology from the University of Nebraska (1997).
In her role as Curator of Collections for the Art Museum, she oversees the development of the museum’s collection, curates exhibitions from the collection for the museum’s exhibition programs, enables internship opportunities in collections research and scholarship, and chairs the museum’s Collections Advisory Committee. Crawford has juried several exhibitions, both regionally and nationally, and has curated over 70 exhibitions.
Crawford’s scholarship focus is American Modernism, but she has conducted research and written extensively on many other art genres, which include exhibition catalogue essays Ralston Crawford, The Artist’s Eye (2014), People of the West – A Collector’s Vision: Selections from the Erivan and Helga Haub Collection (2009), Joan Miró: The Last Sculptures (2006), Gerald Peters Modern (2006), Henri Matisse: Three Decades of Drawings from the Pierre and Maria Gaetana-Matisse Foundation (2003), The Whimsical World of Alexander Calder (2003), Western Masters (2002) and The Stieglitz Circle: Selections from the Sheldon Museum of Art (2000). She is a regular contributor to UWyo Magazine on Art Museum projects and has been interviewed by Western Art Collector magazine on several occasions.
She is a member of the UW Museum Studies Minor Advisory Committee and teaches museum-based courses as adjunct faculty in the Museum Studies program and the Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research. Crawford has established a long-term International Initiative at the Art Museum that involves cross-collaborations with international museums and institutes, artists, and art galleries and she has created new museum-based international study and internship opportunities. She has been awarded various grants to support her international museum work and received the Internationalization Award for a Faculty Member from the UW International Board of Advisors (2015) and has led museum studies study abroad trips to Cambodia (2016) and London (2017).
She has presented several papers and talks that include the Mountain-Plains Museum Association Conference (“Multifaceted University Museums: Engaging Campuses and Beyond,” 2013), American Anthropological Association Annual Conference (“The Tji-Wara: Metamorphosis of an African Icon,” 2013), Association of Academic Museum and Galleries as part of the panel “Race, War, and Genocide: Responding to Conflict on Campus and Beyond,” (2015), and was part of a colloquium of international scholars at Oxford University’s Ashmolean Museum titled “Thinking with Objects: University Museum Collections in Teaching and Research,” (2015). She has written successful grants that include the Institute of Museums and Library Sciences (IMLS), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).