The Nicolaysen Art Museum

Admission & Location

Non-Member Admission

Adults 18 and Over - $5
Children ages 3-17 - $3
Children under 2 - FREE
Military - FREE
Seniors/Students (with valid ID) - $3

FREE for everyone
Admission for NIC members is always FREE!


Wednesday - Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
CLOSED on Monday, Tuesday and Holidays


Jan. 19th (starting at noon) closed for a private event


Phone: 307-235-5247

400 E. Collins Street, Casper, Wyoming




We believe art is what makes us human. We believe contemporary art inspires important discussion about ourselves and the world in which we all live, building community through a greater understanding and appreciation of each other. We believe art stimulates the hearts and minds of everyone who comes in contact with it because creativity is an essential element of a joyful life. Guided by these beliefs, the NIC provides every citizen in our community with the opportunity to participate in and experience the arts on a personal basis. While our primary purpose is to exhibit, collect, and conserve contemporary art, we are also a center for creativity, self-expression, and cultural dialogue, making the NIC a place where individuals can become connected to the larger community in which they live and work.


The NIC showcases and celebrates significant contemporary art through innovative art exhibitions, art education and art appreciation opportunities, helping everyone understand the role of art in our daily lives. Through these different experiences, we invite and encourage individuals to be creative and enjoy the art created by others. By providing a place for citizens to gather together to explore, learn, create, and express themselves, we sustain an environment that encourages children, families, and community members to discover art, be creative, and interact with each other through their shared arts experience. Our success in fulfilling this vision makes us a cultural anchor for our community.


Our mission is to collect, preserve, and exhibit the work of contemporary artists and present it to the community as a vital source of inspiration and education.

of the NIC

The Nicolaysen Art Museum & Discovery Center’s history begins in 1967, when Casper’s Mary Durham along with a group of friends hosted the first art show in a little white house that still stands at the corner of “A” and Park streets. In 1972, the newly renamed Central Wyoming Art Museum found the room it needed in a former bus station on Rancho Road. This 7,000 square foot building provided more exhibit space as well as rooms for classes and other educational programs.

The Nicolaysen Art Museum & Discovery Center, known throughout the region as the NIC, has occupied its current 25,000 square foot location at 400 East Collins since 1990, when an extensive renovation of the 1924 Mountain States Power Company building was completed. In July of 2009, the NIC was awarded accreditation by the American Association of Museums. The NIC is only the sixth museum in Wyoming to receive this prestigious designation. Of the nation’s estimated 17,500 museums, roughly 779 are currently accredited.

Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public. AAM Accreditation is the field’s primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation, and public accountability, and earns national recognition for a museum for its commitment to excellence in all that it does: governance, collections stewardship, public programs, financial stability, high professional standards, and continued institutional improvement. Developed and sustained by museum professionals for 35 years, AAM’s Museum Accreditation program strengthens the profession by promoting practices that enable leaders to make informed decisions, allocate resources wisely, and to provide the best possible service to the public.

“Accreditation assures the people of Casper that their museum is among the finest in the nation,” said Ford W. Bell, president of AAM. “As a result, the citizens can take considerable pride in their homegrown institution, for its commitment to excellence and for the value it brings to the community.”

Wyoming Electric Plant at Kimball and Third. Merged later with Natrona Power to become PPL. Photo from the Chuck Morrison Collection, Casper College.
Pacific Power and Light Company Building. Photo from the Art Randall Collection, Casper College Western History Center

Staff &


Kimberly Breed, Art Instructor
Zhanna Gallegos, Curator of Education
Alexis Grieve, Museum Services Manager
Bryant Hall, Business Operations Manager
Reality Healey, Museum Services Representative
Jillian Riddle, Volunteer & Development Coordinator
Ann Ruble, Executive Director
Hailee Rushing, Education Intern & Museum Services Representative
Andrea Schulz, Museum Services Representative
Dana Volney, Marketing & Special Events Manager
Deb Webb, Museum Services Representative
Eric Wimmer, Chief Curator
Amanda Yonker, Curator of Collections


Claire Marlow, Chair
Mallory Pollock Vice-Chair
Olivia Danielson, Treasurer
Susan Driggers, Secretary
Michelle Bummer, Past Chair
Marlene Ashbaugh
Gary Berchenbriter
David Gardner
Rosalind Grenfell
Grant Lawson
Scott Olheiser
Michele Soulek
Gary Trapkus
Barbara True
Gary Wattis

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Current Openings

The Development Director is responsible for planning, developing, coordinating and managing fundraising and development activities for the museum. Key duties include organizing and managing annual fund campaigns; soliciting donations and sponsorships for programs, operations, exhibitions, special events, capital projects, and endowment; overseeing membership and donor development, cultivation and stewardship; researching and developing grants and grant reports; and planning special projects and events.


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Seeking Proposals

The NIC is also seeking proposals from artists to teach classes and conduct workshops in all media. If you have a program you would like to propose, please submit your resume and ideas to Zhanna Gallegos, Curator of Education, at

Artist Proposals

Thank you for your interest in the NIC. If you would like the curatorial staff to learn more about your work, please feel free to send written materials and reproductions only. We would need to see a resume, statement and biography as well as images (in digital format). We cannot accept original works of art. Due to the volume of correspondence we receive, we may not able to respond directly to each and every submission and we cannot assume responsibility for or guarantee the return of any materials that are submitted.

Materials may be sent to:

Curatorial Department
Nicolaysen Art Museum
400 E. Collins Dr.
Casper, WY 82601