Director's Message

Artist Ed Ruscha was born in 1937 in Omaha. Most often associated with the Pop Art movement of the 1960s, his work is in the collections of major national and international museums. You may recall seeing his etchings of blank billboards and street signs in the recent Joslyn exhibition In Living Color. Additionally, major paintings by the artist were featured in the 2013 exhibition Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection. In February, I was privileged to visit Ed at his studio in Los Angeles. With me on this short trip were several Joslyn board members and their guests. Exploring larger trends in the art world, we took in several museums, contemporary art galleries, and artists’ studios in California, including our visit with Ed. We were all inspired by his energy at age 77 and exhilarated to see works in progress by this great American artist.

Closer to home, we look to forward to this summer’s Joslyn-organized Art Seen: A Juried Exhibition of Artists from Omaha to Lincoln. The exhibition features work in a range of media, styles, and themes by 37 artists, selected by a jury led by Karin Campbell, Phil Willson Curator of Contemporary Art, and Bill Arning, Director of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Twenty-one of the artists are from Omaha and 16 from Lincoln; 20 are men and 17 are women. Many of the works are new or have not been seen in prior exhibitions. Art Seen will be an unprecedented presentation of contemporary art from our region.

I am delighted to announce the arrival of Dana Cowen, Ph.D., Joslyn’s new Associate Curator of European Art. Joslyn is recognized internationally for its collection of Old Masters and nineteenth-century European art, and Dana will further the connections between these important holdings and our audiences. She is an excellent addition to Joslyn’s curatorial staff.

Beginning May 1, Our Museum: Community Picks makes you the curator. Joslyn visitors will find a collection of personal reflections, facts, and feelings shared by community members, posted alongside their favorite artworks in the galleries. See “picks” by a diverse group of people — from small business owners, nonprofit leaders, students, artists, educators, and more — each lending a unique voice to a Joslyn treasure.

See you in the galleries!

Jack Becker, Ph.D.
Executive Director & CEO


Joslyn Art Museum congratulates Jack Becker on his recent appointment to the Board of Trustees of the International Sculpture Center (ISC), a global nonprofit arts service organization. ISC advances the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique and vital contribution to society.