The gift will endow the Susan B. Moldenhauer FUNd for Contemporary Art, which will support the museum's national and international contemporary art program, including exhibitions, commissions, publications, visiting artists and scholars, symposia, workshops, curatorial research, and travel. The fund is named for UW Art Museum director and chief curator Susan Moldenhauer, a personal friend of the donor. Moldenhauer, who joined the museum in 1991 as curator of programs and has served as its director since 2002, will retire in the fall. A practicing fine art photographer, Moldenhauer has been integral in the development of Touchstone Laramie, the Laramie Mural Project, and the Laramie Public Art Plan.
"This gift is extraordinary, as it will transform the future of contemporary art at the University of Wyoming," said UW president Laurie Nichols. "Support like this will allow the [UW] Art Museum to expand its program in art and, in doing so, enrich the lives of many students and citizens."