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) - $4

FREE for everyone
Admission for NIC members is always FREE!


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



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 value being 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.

We believe in helping everyone understand the role of art in our daily lives by showcasing and celebrating art, art education, and art appreciation opportunities.

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.

We sustain an environment that encourages children, families, and community members to discover art, be creative, and interact with each other through their shared art experience.

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.


To be the 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 &


Katherine Barrela, Museum Services Representative
Teresa Brand, Office Manager
Amy Christie,  Senior Art Instructor
Jenniey Elliott, Development Director
Randy Erb, Building and Grounds Supervisor
Zhanna Gallegos, Curator of Education
Alexis Grieve, Museum Services Manager
Alex Hernandez, Museum Services Representative
Kelsy Lempka, Art Instructor
Tori Pike, Art Educator
Ann Ruble, Executive Director
Jessie Sanchez, Museum Services Representative
Michele Stevens, Art Instructor
Roy Uptain, Marketing & Development Coordinator
Andrew Wayland, Rental & Special Occasions Coordinator
Amanda Yonker, Curator of Art


Susan Driggers, Co-Chair
Marlene Ashbaugh, Co-Chair
Michael Bond, Secretary
Claire Marlow, Past Chair
Melanie Urwiller, Treasurer
Gary Berchenbriter
Dr. Timothy Olsen
Joseph Palmer
Michele Soulek
Goda Stevens
Gary Trapkus
Barbara True
Dr. Cindy Works

Bash & Ball Committee

Barbara True, Chair
Gary Berchenbriter
Jenniey Elliott
Ann Ruble
Holly Turner
Michele Soulek
Amanda Yonker


Lynnette Anderson
Phyllis Pearl-Erk

Collections Committee

Gary Berchenbriter, Chair
Nancy Andrews
Marlene Ashbaugh
Valerie Innella-Meiers
Diane McGinley
Zak Pullen
Bruce Richardson
Gary Wattis
Ann Ruble, Staff
Amanda Yonker, Staff

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Current Openings


This position reports to the Museum Services Manager, but supports all departments within the Museum. The Museum Services Representative will primarily support the Museum’s mission by welcoming visitors, providing support in the Museum Shop, and helping with events and programs across all departments.

This part-time position requires flexible scheduling, including weekend and evening hours. Rate of pay is based on experience.

CLICK HERE to view the full job information.


As a member of The NIC team, this position will report to the Museum Services Manager, but will support all departments as assigned. This position will be responsible for facilitating museum rentals and special events in the museum from booking through completion.

This full-time, salaried position requires flexible scheduling, including frequent evening and weekend hours. Flexibility will be given to balance time at the museum with personal time. Salary is based on experience. Benefits available after a probationary period.

CLICK HERE to view the full job information.

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