Anne Morand, curator of art at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, dies at age 61

Anne Morand served for three years as the curator of art at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum before her death on Wednesday.
By Heather Warlick hwarlick@opubco.com Published: July 18, 2013
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In fact, it was her reimagining of the William S. and Ann Atherton Art of the American West Gallery that Leslie said was likely her most significant contribution to the Museum during her short time as curator. “It's a fresh look at what we had here for a long time.”

“Curious” is a word that came up repeatedly when people described Morand.

“That's the perfect word, curious, interested in everything, including art,” said Norman Roberts, 90, Morand's father. “I first detected it in Puerto Rico when we were there (Anne was about 13). My co-worker's wife was an artist. Anne became quite interested and fascinated.”

Morand herself developed a passion for sketching and painting that would lead to her eventually to graduating from Washington University with a Master of Art in Art History in 1991.

Morand served as curator of art collections at the Gilcrease Museum from 1977 to 2003. At the CM Russell Museum in Great Falls, Mont., Morand served as associate director for programming/chief curator in 2004, and chief executive officer from 2004 to 2008.

Morand's memorial service will be held at the museum, but the family has not set a date.

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