Arthur H. Wolf, Founder & Principal
Arthur H. Wolf dedicated his first career to curatorial and institutional leadership at important regional museums in the Western U.S. including the School for Advanced Research, Millicent Rogers Museum, Museum of the Rockies, The High Desert Museum and the Museum of Northern Arizona. He was deeply involved in all aspects of planning, collecting,interpreting, fund raising and building high quality facilities, exhibits and programs. Many of his institutions have been recognized for their excellence and accessibility to audiencesof all cultures and ages. In 2004 he created WOLF Consulting based on his years of experience and service as a respected and trusted museum leader.
WOLF Consulting is dedicated to assisting museums and other cultural organizations in defining and achieving their missions. Art receives high marks from clients for his thorough research, active listening, facilitation and planning skills, thoughtful analysis of potentials, and focused recommendations in organizational assessments and studies.
Mr. Wolf holds a B.A. degree in Anthropology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an M.A. Degree in Anthropology and Museum Studies from the University of Arizona. He is a lifelong learner, and reads widely and deeply in history, anthropology, literature, art, science and biography.
His broad experience in service to the museum profession includes a term on the American Alliance of Museums Board of Directors (Vice-Chair, 1994-96) and the Board of ICOM-US (1980-82) which serves as America’s national committee for the International Council of Museums. He also served on the AAM Accreditation Commission from 1997-2003, where he participated in the review of nearly 850 institutions. He now serves as a senior Accreditation Visiting Committee member. Art’s commitment to high standards and best practices includes bringing three institutions to their initial national accreditation and one to subsequent accreditation. He also served a term as Vice-President of the Association of Science Museum Directors, and has been a frequent reviewer and panelist for both government (NEA, NEH, NSF, IMLS) and private foundation grant programs.
He was the Director of the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas in Lorenzi Park and the founding Director of the National Atomic Testing Museum in 2003. A graduate of the 1990 class of Leadership Las Vegas, he is a past board member of Archaeo-Nevada Society, the Casino Gaming Oral History Project, Nevada Humanities, and the Desert Wetlands Conservancy. Art has also served as a thesis director for students in the Harvard University ALM in Museum Studies Program, and is a mentor to two generations of museum workers. He was recognized in 2012 by the Mountain-Plains Museums Association with the Hugo G. Rodeck Award for Excellence in Museums. Art was most recently appointed by the former Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to the Advisory Council for the newly created Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument near Las Vegas.