Michael Grauer directs PPHM's curatorial staff, is the museum’s Curator of Art and Western Heritage, and oversees the art, weapons, militaria, sports, and cowboy and ranching collections. Born in Kansas City, Kansas, he received a bachelor’s degree with a double major in art history and painting from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in art history from Southern Methodist University. After college he worked at the National Museum of American Art (now the Smithsonian American Art Museum) in Washington, D.C. Currently, in addition to working at PPHM, Michael is on the faculty at West Texas A&M Unviersity. Michael didn’t always plan on a museum career, though. Originally, he wanted to play professional football or be a cowboy. Instead he went to art school, “because I could draw horses better than anyone and I didn’t know what else to do.” If Michael could live anywhere else in the world, it would be Taos, New Mexico (for the art scene) or Saskatchewan, Canada, (because the name “sounds cool”).
Contact Michael at (806) 651-2262 or via email