Director's Message

This November, Joslyn opens Art Works, an entirely new and engaging center for art exploration. Located on the Memorial Building’s lower level, Art Works features hands-on activity stations and art-making projects in an accessible space designed for multigenerational appeal. Every Joslyn visitor can use this amazing resource, and it is included in free general Museum admission.

In her recent article on the arts and education (August 19, Hartford Courant), Gina Barreca noted that, through art, “connections (are) forged between people who would otherwise remain strangers.” People meet “themselves and others instinctively in the arts” through tactile and sensory exploration. Art Works is a gathering place that offers that opportunity — a place to develop deeper relationships with others and art — at Joslyn. The Museum extends its deepest thanks to Barbara and Wally Weitz and their family for the gift that made this new initiative, unique to Omaha, a reality. If you have not yet joined Joslyn, be sure to do so for a sneak peek of Art Works. The space will be open exclusively to members this November 15 through 26. Art Works opens to the public on November 28.

This fall, we are delighted to present an array of traveling exhibitions throughout the Museum. From the sculpture in various media and woven rope columns of Orly Genger in the Riley Contemporary Artists Project (CAP) Gallery to the reopening of the Mind’s Eye Gallery with an exhibition devoted to the art of graphic novels for young people, there is much to experience.

Highly anticipated is In Living Color: Andy Warhol & Contemporary Printmaking from theCollections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation. The rich and diverse collections of Jordan Schnitzer and his family foundation represent the largest private grouping of prints in the United States. Collecting since the age of 14, Jordan is a champion of the art of our time and an active and generous philanthropist. I encourage everyone to visit the exhibition often and spread the word about Warhol at Joslyn. This is a ticketed exhibition, free to Joslyn members, so remember to join or renew your membership if it is expiring this fall so you do not miss a thing. In addition to the exhibition, Warhol and the other featured exhibition artists are inspiring our presentation of a number of informative and entertaining Pop programs this fall. Be sure to join in the fun!

See you in the galleries!

Jack Becker, Ph.D.
Executive Director & CEO