Director's Message

New perspectives on the High Plains, including western Nebraska, unfold through the eye of Andrew Moore and his large-scale, color photographs, on view at Joslyn this fall. For the past decade, Moore has made pictures in the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas along the 100th meridian, traditionally understood as the beginning of the American West. Mark your calendar for this stunning exhibition complete with opportunities to meet the artist. Andrew Moore will be our special guest for the Members-only preview day gallery talk and evening lecture and reception on Saturday, October 8. Additionally, prairie bush pilot Doug Dean, with whom Moore works to capture his aerial views, will share insights on the Dirt Meridian project in a fascinating program in the exhibition galleries on December 11. This is a ticketed exhibition, free to Joslyn members, so be sure to join Joslyn so you do not miss a thing!

Dirt Meridian: Photographs by Andrew Moore
concludes a year of major exhibitions that have each featured a unique variation on a Nebraska connection. From masterpieces of western painting and Plains Indian artifacts in Go West! to the compositions of Sheila Hicks, born in Hastings, whose work has redefined the role of fiber and thread in art. It has been an inspiring year, and 2017 will be no different, offering exhibitions on remarkably varied themes: 19th- and 20th-century American paintings depicting scenes of hunting, fishing, and the sporting life from a number of important U.S. museums; dazzling examples of four centuries of French jewelry and related art from the Petit Palais in Paris; and 100 preeminent fifteenth- to twenty-first-century drawings from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

New on view are works of modern and contemporary art in the permanent collection galleries — recently acquired pieces by Sewell Sillman and loans of important works by Marsden Hartley and El Anatsui. Notably absent from the galleries is Jackson Pollock's Galaxy, a cornerstone of Joslyn's collection. The painting is on view in a major exhibition of the artist's work in Switzerland.

With autumn comes the return of area educators to the Museum for the extraordinary Thursdays for Teachers (T4T) program. Now in its tenth year, this program, conceived and presented by Joslyn, is free for all Omaha metro area and western Iowa Schools. Since T4T's inception, area educators have discovered and received resources for over forty different works in Joslyn’s collection.

Consider giving the gift of Museum membership to others this holiday season. Buy your gift memberships online, and we will take care of the rest.
See you in the galleries!

Jack Becker, Ph.D.
Executive Director & CEO




We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of former Joslyn Art Museum director J. Brooks Joyner (pictured left), who passed away in September following a battle with ALS. Serving from 2001–2009, Brooks had a marked impact on the direction and development of the Museum into the twenty-first century. He was an art historian at heart, but also keen on developing major exhibitions, education programming, and plans for the sculpture gardens enjoyed by so many today.