Interview with Nancy Madura about Colors of the Collection
Nicolaysen Art Museum Blog
by Elysia Conner
4M ago
Artist and teacher Nancy Madura once sat in a cherry tree and watched amber sap change color in the evening sun for what must have been two hours. That’s just one story she can tell you about her love for color.      The NIC called on her to be the guest curator for a new exhibition all about color. She stepped into the museum’s vault last month to choose the art, and the same fascination that took hold in the tree sap sparked as soon as she started to browse the permanent collection.   She discovered paintings hung side by side with the same color scheme, even if they dif ..read more
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Seven new exhibitions at the Nic
Nicolaysen Art Museum Blog
by Elysia Conner
4M ago
The new printmaking exhibition “Nesting” by Nathan Abel tells the story of the artist and his wife through infertility, child loss, and adoption. “I want to show the hardships and joy that can come with creating a family and honor the experience we and so many others have been through,” he wrote in his artist statement. Abel teaches art at Natrona County High School, and his work has been included in regional, national, and international exhibitions. Everyone is welcome to a complimentary opening reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, February 3, with the artist. “Nesting” is the latest among seven ..read more
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2023 at the NIC, new executive director, art, and more!
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by Elysia Conner
4M ago
2023 at the NIC! New Director, art, and more! The NIC heads into 2023 with a new executive director and an exciting lineup of creative happenings throughout the year. Allison Maluchnik begins her role as executive director later this month. Next month’s blog will be all about the new executive director and her goals so far for the NIC. In the meantime, come meet Maluchnik during a free reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20th to celebrate her first day as the executive director and brand-new exhibitions in every museum gallery.   The evening is a perfect kick-off to an inspiring yea ..read more
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Holiday Gifts at the NIC
Nicolaysen Art Museum Blog
by Elysia Conner
4M ago
Holiday Gifts at the NIC Creative holiday gifts at the Nic Original art, handmade jewelry, classes and free museum admission – the Nicolaysen offers these and many more unique and artistic gifts for the holiday season. Our gift shop is a great place to start, though you can find gift options throughout the museum. The perfect present may be a museum membership or class, and most of the art in the NIC’s exhibitions is available for sale. In a season of giving, shopping at the NIC also supports the museum and often local artists. Gifts galore You can start checking off your gift list or compl ..read more
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Shelby Shadwell at the NIC
Nicolaysen Art Museum Blog
by Elysia Conner
4M ago
Shelby Shadwell at the NIC When you think of wildlife art, a gut pile probably isn’t the image that comes to mind. However, the parts of animals left from game hunts are the subject of Shelby Shadwell’s main body of work in his exhibition, “Visceral.” The show features large charcoal drawings and is on display through December in the NIC’s McMurry Gallery.   Shadwell is an associate professor at the University of Wyoming who exhibits across the country and has received the Wyoming Arts Council’s Visual Arts Fellowship two times, according to thenic.org. The drawings of gut piles compr ..read more
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New Director, new era of reflection
Nicolaysen Art Museum Blog
by Elysia Conner
4M ago
New Director, New Era of Reflection The NIC’s next executive director will arrive at a time when the museum begins reflecting on the organization’s purpose and goals. The board of directors started its search for a new leader after former executive director Andy Couch left last month to pursue his doctoral degree.   According to Nicolaysen Art Museum Board of Directors Chair Michael Bond, conversations with the community about the museum’s future will be the central theme in the new director’s work. “We want to provide opportunities to patrons and community members to participate ..read more
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Adventure awaits with Third NIC Nite
Nicolaysen Art Museum Blog
by Elysia Conner
4M ago
Adventure awaits with Third NIC Nite Mild summer evenings are the perfect time to relax out on the museum backyard for music, refreshments, and a movie on a giant screen during NIC Nite. This new event series is free to attend and offers live performances, art activities, and a family-friendly film. Local vendors sell food, beverages, and beer.   The third  NIC Nite for this summer on August 5 brings a theme of adventure with the 1985 classic “The Goonies.” The NIC Nite series kicked off in June to help continue the NIC’s long tradition of fun, cultural experiences for all a ..read more
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A History of the Nicolaysen Art Museum
Nicolaysen Art Museum Blog
by Elysia Conner
4M ago
The Nicolaysen Art Museum began as a gallery 55 years ago in a small house a few blocks from where the museum stands today in downtown Casper. The Nicolaysen Art Museum now features nine galleries and a permanent collection of more than 8,000 works. The museum’s Doran & Nancy Boston Discovery Center offers a creative play area for families as well as children’s classes and workshops for all ages. How did the Nicolaysen grow from the tiny, volunteer-run gallery into a 25,000-square-foot home? It all started when Mary Durham and her friends in 1967 opened a nonprofit art gallery in a littl ..read more
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NIC Fest Returns
Nicolaysen Art Museum Blog
by Elysia Conner
4M ago
NIC Fest is back once again with three days of art, food, live music, and several new attractions. NIC Fest 2022 runs June 10-12 throughout the Nicolaysen Art Museum and grounds after a two-year hiatus during the pandemic.     With more than 15,000 people expected, NIC Fest offers opportunities for artists and businesses to sell and demonstrate their art and goods. The festival takes place on the first weekend of College Nationals Final Rodeo (CNFR) and brings in locals and travelers alike.     Jason Michael Carroll headlines the festival that Saturday ..read more
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