Nicole Webb, Art Gallery
Nicole Webb, collections manager for Grand Valley's art gallery, has returned to the university for both her love of art and passion for interacting with students.
Webb graduated from Grand Valley in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in both art history and anthropology. She earned a master's degree in historical administration at Eastern Illinois State University and began working as the curator of collections at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula for seven years before returning to campus this year.
“I always knew I wanted to come home,” said Webb, “and in many ways Grand Valley was always home.”
Webb’s responsibilities include a variety of tasks, all pertaining to managing more than 16,000 pieces of art in the university collection. These pieces range from paintings, sculptures, and other artwork; they also vary in creator as the collection includes pieces by students and professionals.
“In many ways my job is to care for those 16,000 things,” she said. “No day is ever the same. I like to call what I do ‘art emergencies.' Anytime a pipe bursts or something is hit with a backpack, it’s my job to problem solve and resolve the issue.”
Her favorite piece is one that she has admired since she was student. It’s an untitled drawing of a man by Mark Ripley, located on the second floor of the Glenn A. Niemeyer Living Center.
Webb's next goal is to bring in more student help to the art gallery in the form of jobs or internships.
“It’s been a great experience to see what has changed in 10 years,” said Webb. “If you would have asked me what my career goals were four months ago, this would have been it, so I'm just happy to be back.”