A total of 49,153 people visited Joslyn during this past summer's Renoir to Chagall
exhibition from the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis. Sixty docent-guided tours of the show were provided, 14,049 mobile tour stops were accessed, and programming was plentiful. Most notably, the exhibition immersed our visitors in art during Joslyn’s first summer of free general admission in some 47 years.
These past months have given us the opportunity to renew our commitment to the total visitor experience. We have enjoyed introducing Joslyn to those who have come to the Museum for the very first time — or for the first time in many years. It has been gratifying to hear from so many how excited they are to make the Museum a part of their daily lives. This fall, I encourage everyone to visit often, especially to take in the exhibition Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection,
a remarkable show from the Whitney Museum of American Art.
I am excited to share the news that Joslyn Art Museum recently announced its intent to become owner of The Kent Bellows Studio & Center for Visual Arts and manager of its Young Artist Mentoring Program. The Studio/Center is the legacy of Nebraska-born artist Kent Bellows (1949–2005). Founded in 2007, it matches professional artist mentors with high school students who find personal inspiration, gain technical skills, and build their art portfolios through their participation. Recognized for its dynamic vision, unique and versatile curriculum model, and exceptional work with youth, the program will experience growth, diversification, and financial sustainability under the auspices of the Museum.
In a proposal recently approved by the governing boards of both organizations, Joslyn will own The Kent Bellows Studio building (33rd and Leavenworth) and its programming beginning January 1, 2014. The teen mentoring program established there will continue in that space and will utilize space at Joslyn to expand program offerings. In assuming responsibility for the Kent Bellows Mentoring Program, Joslyn will bring significant experience and dedication to excellence in art education and outreach to its operation. At the same time, the new program will allow the Museum to significantly expand its active engagement of teens, local artist mentors, and youth agencies throughout the metro area. We are delighted to make it a part of Joslyn’s 82-year history of excellence in art education.
See you in the galleries!
Jack Becker, Ph.D.
Executive Director & CEO