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Marianne Eileen Wardle Named Director of University of Wyoming Art Museum

LARAMIE, WYOMING—After a months-long search to replace outgoing director Susan Moldenhauer, Marianne Eileen Wardle has been named by the University of Wyoming to lead its art museum. Wardle comes to the University of Wyoming Art Museum from the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, where she served as curator of academic initiatives. Wardle’s tenure begins January 29, 2018; Nicole Crawford, UW Art Museum curator of collections, currently serves as interim director.

“We are delighted that an art scholar and museum curator of Dr. Wardle’s stature has agreed to direct this important academic and cultural asset for the university and Wyoming,” said UW Provost Kate Miller. “We are confident she will build on the tremendous work of Susan Moldenhauer that has established the UW Art Museum as one of the finest art museums in the Rocky Mountain West.”

Since 2006, Wardle has taught courses in art history, women’s studies, and museum studies at the Nasher Art Museum and Duke University. She holds degrees in art history from Utah State University and Brigham Young University and a PhD in art history from Duke. “I strongly believe in the mission of academic museums and the role they play in education, as well as the inspiration and respite they can provide in students’ lives,” Wardle said. “I am excited to be a part of a museum that also is committed to finding ways to engage and enrich the lives of people of all ages beyond the university.”

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November 21, 2017