Special Exhibitions at Joslyn

Joslyn Art Museum hosts a selection of temporary special exhibitions annually. These feature works from other museums, institutions, and private collections worldwide, or represent an aspect of Joslyn's own permanent collection. Special exhibitions are limited-time engagements and are most often are included in Joslyn's free general admission (exhibitions with an additional entrance fee are noted).



What's Pictured: "Bilingual" from Poems to Learn by Heart, 2013, watercolor, © Jon J Muth. See Zen Tales: The Art of Jon J Muth at Joslyn Art Museum, January 14–April 16, 2017.


Below are exhibitions currently on view or traveling:
1/14/2017 - 4/16/2017

Organized by National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature (Abilene, TX) and sponsored at Joslyn Art Museum by Fran and Rich Juro and Wiesman Development.


Left: "Karl and Koo drew several pictures together," from Zen Ties, 2008, watercolor and ink, © Jon Muth

See paintings by children’s book author-illustrator Jon J Muth, including works from the Caldecott Honor book, Zen Shorts; its sequel, Zen Ties; and illustrations from the folk tale Stone Soup and his Tolstoy-inspired The Three Questions. A Mind’s Eye Gallery exhibition.

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2/11/2017 - 5/7/2017

Left: Virginia Beahan (American, born 1946), Christina and Gram on Thanksgiving, New Hampshire, 2004, chromogenic development print, 18 x 23 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

In late 2002, Virginia Beahan and her husband moved her ailing 88-year-old mother into their home. Turning to her camera to help navigate this challenging situation, Beahan’s photographs of her family are a compassionate document of an alternately joyous, demanding, and painful story. A Riley CAP Gallery exhibition.


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2/12/2017 - 5/7/2017
This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Left: Alexander Pope (American, 1849-1924), The Wild Swan, 1900, oil on canvas, 57 x 44 1/2 inches, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, California. Museum purchase, gifts from members of the Boards of Trustees, The M.H. de Young Museum Society, the Patrons of Art and Music, Friends of the Museums, and by exchange, Sir Joseph Duveen, 72.28

Wild Spaces, Open Seasons is the first major exhibition to explore American artists' fascination with hunters, fishermen, and the sporting life in paintings and sculptures from the 1820s through the 1940s. Illuminating changing ideas about place, national identity, community, wildlife, and the environment, the exhibition offers compelling new insights into these meaningful pastimes.

This exhibition will have a ticket fee. Free for members, youth ages 17 and younger, & college students with ID. Click here to become a member today!

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