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CASPER, Wyo. — The former head of the B.B. King Museum in Mississippi has been selected as the new executive director of the Nicolaysen Art Museum & Discovery Center.

Connie Gibbons, who has also worked as the executive director of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art in Chicago; director of the River Music Experience in Davenport, Iowa; and director of the Lubbock, Texas, Cultural Arts Department, will begin her duties with the Casper museum Jan. 1, according to a news release from the museum.

"The board was extremely impressed with Ms. Gibbons' qualifications and character, and her experience in museum leadership," board President Peter Nicolaysen said. "We are certain that Ms. Gibbons will be a wonderful leader for the NIC in the years to come."

A native of Phoenix, Gibbons received her master of fine arts degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. As executive director of the B.B. King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center, she oversaw the construction and exhibit development of the museum, which opened in September 2008.

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"I am excited about moving to Casper and working with the museum," Gibbons said in the release. "I think it's doing some incredible work, and I can't wait to get started."

Gibbons will take over the position held by Acting Director Val Kulhavy, who has held that post since the end of March. Kulhavy, the museum's director of administrative services, was named to the job while the board searched for a successor to Holly Turner, who retired after eight years at the museum's helm.

Kulhavy will continue to serve in her administrative services role at the museum.

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