Director's Message

Masterpieces of western painting and a stunning selection of Plains Indian artifacts come to Joslyn this November with Go West! Art of the American Frontier. Works in this extensive exhibition hail from the world-renowned collection of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. Go West! will be a pivotal show for casual visitors, art and history buffs, and students alike (school tours are filling rapidly), offering a panorama of fact, myth, history, and drama that continues to inform our understanding of America to the present day. This is a ticketed exhibition, free to Joslyn members, so remember to join Joslyn or renew your membership if it is expiring this fall so you do not miss a thing.

We are delighted to open the exhibition with a Gala Preview, presented by the Joslyn Art Museum Association and event chairman Kyle Robino, on Friday, November 13. For the first time, this Gala will be held amidst the grandeur of the Witherspoon Concert Hall, transformed into a ballroom-type space for the night. This anticipated event is on its way to being sold out. As of early October, seats remain at The Bar, a unique dining experience in the concert hall balcony. Purchase your tickets today!

From November through May, in addition to Go West!, many other arts organizations in Omaha are presenting performances and exhibitions on a western theme. As the West comes to Omaha, Joslyn is spearheading a collaborative marketing campaign, Westward O, to help these organizations and the public share in all that there is to offer surrounding this genre.

November 28 marks the one year anniversary of the public opening of Art Works: A Place for Curiosity. It is hard to believe that a year has passed so quickly and even harder to grasp the impact this space has had on our visitors. Art Works has served its purpose as a place for all visitors to find fun, fresh ways to experience the visual arts and connect with Joslyn’s collection. Moreover, it has become a destination in its own right, with many visitors dropping by often to use the space. In its first ten months, more than 35,000 people have visited Art Works — a remarkable figure, well beyond our expectations.

See you in the galleries!

Jack Becker, Ph.D.
Executive Director & CEO

The Joslyn community is saddened by the loss of sculptor Jesús Moroles, who passed away this past June. Moroles’ installation
The Omaha Riverscape is the centerpiece of our Peter Kiewit Foundation Sculpture Garden. We are grateful to have known Jesús and honored that his work will inspire Museum visitors for years to come.