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University of Wyoming Art Museum Receives Anonymous $2.27 Million Gift

The University of Wyoming’s art museum has received an anonymous $2.27 million donation that will be used to establish the Susan B. Moldenhauer Fund for Contemporary Art.

“This gift is extraordinary, as it will transform the future of contemporary art at the University of Wyoming,” president Laurie Nichols said in a statement. The new fund will support exhibitions, commissions, publications, scholarship, and other public programming.

“The art museum is the only museum in the state of Wyoming that focuses on contemporary art from national and international perspectives, which is essential to broadening visual art experiences for our students, faculty, citizens, and visitors,” said Susan B. Moldenhauer, who has served as director and chief curator of the museum since 2002.

Located in the Centennial Complex on the school’s Laramie campus, the museum has a collection of nearly eight thousand artworks and stages an average of eighteen exhibitions each year. The $2.27 million gift follows a wave of philanthropy at the institution. In 2016, it raised a record $63 million.