Arthur Henry Wolf

June 18, 1953 - February 14, 2021

Art ‘walked on’ from his home in Las Vegas, NV on February 14, 2021 after a brief illness. His family and many friends mourn his premature passing and the loss of a cherished husband, friend, colleague, and mentor. Art was born June 18, 1953 in New Rockford, ND. He was an anthropologist by training and a humanist in the classical sense. His social media posts often led to lengthy threads airing opinions and provoking lively discourse.

Art earned a BA in Anthropology at the University of Nebraska and an MA in Anthropology and Museum Studies at the University of Arizona. After graduate school he joined the staff of the School of American Research (Santa Fe, NM) as the first Curator of the Indian Arts Research Center. Art moved on to become the Director of the Millicent Rogers Museum (Taos, NM) then to director positions at the Nevada State Museum and Historical Society (Las Vegas, NV), Museum of the Rockies (Bozeman, MT), Museum of Northern Arizona (Flagstaff , AZ), and was the founding director of the National Atomic Testing Museum (Las Vegas, NV). From1997-2000 Art was President of The High Desert Museum (Bend, OR) where he guided the Museum to its initial accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums. Five new facilities plus exhibits were built during his tenure.

In 2004 Art created WOLF Consulting based on his years of experience and service as a respected and trusted museum leader providing consulting services throughout the Western states and in Qatar and Kuwait. Art received the Mountain-Plains Museum Association’s highest honor, the Hugo G Rodeck Award for Excellence in Museums in 2012. In 2019 he was named a Star Advocate by the American Alliance of Museums. During his career he served on the AAM Accreditation Commission, American Alliance of Museums Board of Directors, Association of Science Museum Directors, and the Board of ICOM-US.

Art was preceded in death by his parents Vivian (Grinde) and Louis I Wolf. He is survived by his wife, Holly M Chaffee. No services are scheduled, but celebrations of his life will be held later this year. Art had great respect for the work done by Archeology Southwest. Donations in his memory may be made at