Whitney Western Art Museum staff
Meet the staff of the Whitney Western Art Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Curator Mindy N. Besaw and Curatorial Assistant Emily Wood.
Mindy N. Besaw
Mindy N. Besaw joined the staff of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center (now the Buffalo Bill Center of the West) as the John S. Bugas Curator of the Whitney Western Art Museum in 2007. Since then, she spearheaded the new installation of the Whitney for its fiftieth anniversary in 2009. Ms. Besaw came to the Whitney from the Denver Art Museum, where she was Curatorial Associate at the Institute of Western American Art. While there, she served on a building-wide team that planned the re-installation of the permanent collection galleries in the new wing of the Museum which opened in 2006. Among other responsibilities at the Denver Art Museum, she also coordinated the exhibitions Frederic Remington: The Color of Night; West Point/Points West: A Celebration of Western Expeditionary Art; and The Harmsen Collection: A Colorado Legacy.
Besaw brings eight years of museum experience to the Whitney Museum. She is currently writing her dissertation to compete a PhD in American Art History from the University of Kansas. She earned her MA in Art History at the University of Denver where she focused on museum studies and her BFA in Art History at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. In addition to museum experience, Besaw was Adjunct Instructor in Art History at the University of Colorado, Denver for four years.
With a background in contemporary art as well as art of the West, Besaw’s special interest is to connect contemporary western art with its historical counterpart.
Areas of Responsibility/Expertise
- Whitney Western Art Museum collection and interpretations
- Frederic Remington Catalogue Raisonné and Examination Process
- Contemporary western American art
- General western American art inquiries
- Fine art special exhibitions
Emily Wood is the curatorial assistant in the Whitney Western Art Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. She joined the staff in May 2013 after completing a Master of Arts degree in art history at Indiana University. While at Indiana, she worked as a graduate assistant for the Indiana University Art Museum, and as a content intern at IU Communications. In her spare time, Emily writes for the blog Africa is a Country. She has previously done freelance writing and research for the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.