Director's Message

Deeply committed to our role as an educational and cultural institution, Joslyn is a place where people come for new experiences and to find meaning through connecting with art and each other. Special thanks to our donors, members, visitors, volunteers, and staff for an outstanding 2015. The Museum was a busy place last year. Total 2015 attendance was 179,416. Art Works: A Place for Curiosity alone had over 40,000 visitors in 2015. These and many other impressive "Year in Joslyn" statistics at a glance, will be available soon; click here to follow our progress.
2015 concluded on a high note with the opening of Go West! Art of the American Frontier from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and the related Joslyn Art Museum Association (JAMA) Gala. Highlights of the black-tie evening included dinner in the Witherspoon concert hall, transformed into a ballroom; a performance by the Winnebago Wo-Xete-Hire Dance Troupe; and a preview of the exhibition before it opened to the public. The Gala, attended by 368 guests, raised more than $300,000 for the Museum and its education programs. Funds from the evening also will be used to help Joslyn acquire Brad Kahlhamer’s Omaha Super Catcher, now on view in the Riley CAP Gallery. Special thanks to honorary chairs Steve and Janice Erwin, Gala chair Kyle Robino, and 2015 JAMA president Karen Nelsen for all of their efforts to make this important fundraiser a success.

Go West!
continues through April 17, affording us the opportunity to schedule the multitude of school tours interested in the exhibition. Students at all grade levels are exploring the show as a platform for discussion of both art and American history. Take time to visit the show, and I encourage you to experience the mobile tour as well. Looking ahead, the year’s exhibition schedule is full of variety. Summer 2016 will present the work of artist Sheila Hicks (originally from Hastings, Nebraska; living in Paris for decades). The first major exhibition to feature Hicks’ in her home state, Sheila Hicks: Material Voices, spans 60 years of her prolific career. Later in the year, contemporary photographs of the West by Andrew Moore will be on view in Dirt Meridian, a carefully woven dialogue of people and place. In the Riley CAP Gallery, new work created in Omaha by Brad Kahlhamer is on view, followed by a video installation by Doug Aitken and an exhibition by Iraqi-born Hayv Kahraman, whose work draws on Renaissance painting, Japanese woodblock printing, and Persian miniatures. In the Mind’s Eye Gallery, look forward to the work of award-winning children’s book illustrators William Joyce, Marla Frazee, and David Shannon.

See you in the galleries!

Jack Becker, Ph.D.
Executive Director & CEO