Ann Hanniball

Associate Director

Areas of Expertise:

  • New Museum Building Project
  • Government and Community Relations
  • Public Funding (ZAP, ISEE)
  • Statewide Outreach
  • Museum Collections Care


Ann Hanniball, associate director, began her professional career with the Museum in 1977 as the registrar, and then in 1979 became the curator of collections. In that position, Hanniball, received grant support from the National Science Foundation, the National Historic Publications and Records Commission and the Institution of Museum Services Conservation Project Support program to initiate the computerized collections management database in the Department of Collections and Records.  She founded the Textile Laboratory and acted as Co-Interim Director between 1992 -1993. She has served as associate director since 2003.  Hanniball is responsible for the museum’s community relations including public funding, policy initiatives and campaigns, public relations, and community outreach programs. She acts as liaison to the Indian Advisory and Legislative Committees, among others. She works with agencies and communities statewide to ensure the NHMU is responsive and collaborative.

Hanniball also works closely with federal, state and county government on various museum policy and funding initiatives. She chaired the Committee to write the Museum Rule 807. Of note, she worked closely with Congress to receive $15.5 million and with the Utah State Legislature to receive $25 million for the new museum building, set to open in 2011.

Hanniball was appointed to chair the Committee charged with defining the responsibilities of the State Office of Museum Services and was a founding member and Vice Chair of the Museum Advisory Board by gubernatorial appointment. She has served as president of the Utah Museums Association, founding committee member and chair of the Zoo Arts & Parks Tier II Advisory Committee, and chair of the Interagency Task Force, among many other areas of notable professional service. Currently, she serves as the chair of Salt Lake County's Zoo Arts & Parks Preservation Committee.

Hanniball holds a B.A. in anthropology and art history from the Colorado College, She completed a graduate assistance ship at the Harold S. Colton Research Center at the Museum of Northern Arizona and a Smithsonian Institution Fellowship in Museum Studies in Pre-Industrial Cultural History at the Museum of History and Technology and George Washington University, Her M.A. project was, Man Made Mobile: the Western Saddle, an exhibition at the Renwick Gallery.  She also holds a certificate of Mediation and Conflict Resolution from the University of Utah.