The Nicolaysen Art Museum


Admission & Location

Non-Member Admission

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

Sunday:
FREE for everyone
Admission for NIC members is always FREE!

Hours

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

*CLOSED*

Fri. Dec. 30 at noon - reopen on Tue. Jan. 3 at 10 am

Location

400 E. Collins Street, Casper, Wyoming



Values
Vision
Mission

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Values

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.

Vision

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.

Mission

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.


History
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 &
Board

Staff

Kimberly Breed, Art Instructor
Jason Boatman, Custodian
Zhanna Gallegos, Curator of Education
Bryant Hall, Business Operations Manager
Jim Kopp, Art Educator
Dylan Lewallen, Building and Facilities Manager/Preparator
Shayha Obert, Visitor Services
Jillian Riddle, Volunteer & Development Coordinator
Ann Ruble, Executive Director
Andrea Schultz, Visitor Services
Dana Volney, Marketing & Special Events Manager
Eric Wimmer, Curator of Art
Amanda Yonker, Collections Manager & Shop Manager

Board

Michelle Bummer, Chair
Claire Marlow, Vice-Chair
Olivia Danielson, Treasurer
Susan Driggers, Secretary
John Griffith, Past Chair
Daniel Sandoval, City Liaison
Marlene Ashbough
Gary Berchenbriter
Rosalind Grenfell
Mary McGill
Scott Olheiser
Mallory Pollock
Michele Soulek
Gary Trapkus
Gary Wattis


Employment
at the
Nicolaysen

Current Openings

Manager of Museum Services

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 zgallegos@thenic.org.

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