Shortly after opening its doors to the public in 1931, Joslyn Art Museum began regularly staging juried exhibitions. Intended to bring the work of artists from throughout the Midwest to Omaha audiences, these exhibitions showcased painting, sculpture, graphic arts, and utilitarian design. In the 1950s, Joslyn initiated a regional biennial that continued until 1988.
Art Seen: A Juried Exhibition of Artists from Omaha to Lincoln
honors Joslyn’s traditions and celebrates the vibrancy of the current artistic moment in our area. While the Museum’s programming is often national or international in scope, Art Seen
provides an exciting opportunity to carefully consider our immediate context. Featuring thirty-seven artists who live and work in Nebraska’s two largest cities, this exhibition represents a broad cross-section of the artist communities that thrive in Omaha and Lincoln. Selected from a pool of more than 200 submissions by Karin Campbell, Phil Willson Curator of Contemporary Art, and Bill Arning, Director of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, these artists work across media to respond to issues of personal, local, and global relevance. Political concerns, such as sexual and racial identity, gender roles, and environmental change feature prominently in Art Seen
. Other artists are deeply engaged with topics that originate within the art world, including the importance of the handmade in an increasingly digital world, the intersection between written language and visual art, and the ongoing relevance of abstraction in American art. Placing the work of younger artists alongside that of more established artists, this exhibition opens up the rich dialogue taking place among our creative communities to a broader public.
Special thanks to the Tessa Wedberg and Aaron Gum for their hard work
and dedication in making this video to promote Art Seen
, and to Routine
Escorts for donating their music to the project.
Art Seen Artists:
Of the 37 artists selected for the exhibition, 21 are from Omaha and
16 from Lincoln; 20 are men and 17 are women. Media includes painting,
sculpture, photography, printmaking, ceramic, textile, video, and more.
presents an exciting opportunity for Joslyn to showcase the
contributions of local artists to current narratives in art making.
Following are the artists selected for inclusion in the exhibition:
|Littleton Alston, Omaha
|Laurie Victor Kay, Omaha
|Byron Anway, Lincoln
|Holly Kranker, Omaha
|Jess Benjamin, Omaha
|Dylan Lilla, Omaha
|Sarah Berkeley, Lincoln
|Rich Mansfield, Omaha
|James Bockelman, Lincoln
|Avery Mazor, Omaha
|Jamie Burmeister, Omaha
|Marjorie Mikasen, Lincoln
|Michael Burton, Lincoln
|Mo Neal, Lincoln
|Peter Cales, Omaha
|Joshua Norton, Omaha
|Kim Darling (Kim Reid Kuhn), Omaha
|Bradley Peters, Lincoln
|Angela Drakeford, Omaha
|Walker Pickering, Lincoln
|Catherine Ferguson, Omaha
|Sarah Rowe, Omaha
|Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez, Lincoln
|Matthew Sontheimer, Lincoln
|Charley Friedman, Lincoln
|Therman Statom, Omaha
|Camille Hawbaker, Lincoln
|Joy O. Ude, Lincoln
|Aaron Holz, Lincoln
|Watie White, Omaha
|Keith Jacobshagen, Lincoln
|Shea Wilkinson, Omaha
|Heather Johanson, Omaha
|Ying Zhu, Omaha
|Josh Johnson, Lincoln
|Mary Zicafoose, Omaha
|Jun Kaneko, Omaha
Hours, Tickets, & Tours
is open during all regular Museum hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm; Thursday, 10 am to 8 pm. Closed Monday and major holidays.
is a ticketed exhibition:
General public adults: $10
(Thursday evening pricing, 4-8 pm: $5 for general public adults)
Youth ages 17 and younger: Free
College students with ID: Free
Joslyn Members: Free
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All visitors, including members, must obtain a ticket for entrance to the exhibition (no reservations necessary).
Programs with visits to the exhibition will be priced accordingly for general public adults.
Docent-guided tours of the exhibition are offered on select days. Check the calendar of events
for exact tour dates. Art Seen
ticket pricing applies.
Exhibition-Related Events & Programs
Friday, June 19; 6–8 pm
Lecture & Reception
Joslyn members are invited for a private lecture and reception celebrating Art Seen
. At 6 pm, Karin Campbell, Phil Willson Curator of Contemporary Art, and Bill Arning, Director of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, will give an overview of the show in the Witherspoon Concert Hall. Discussion moderator is Jack Becker, Joslyn's Executive director & CEO. The presentation will be followed by exhibition viewing, complimentary light hors d'oeuvres, and a cash bar in the Storz Fountain Court from 6:30–8 pm. Invitations will be mailed to Museum members with reservation/attendance information. Not a member? Join now!
Friday, June 19; 5:30–8 pm
Dine at Joslyn
gourmet meal in Café Durham. Dinner reservations are required by June 15 and will sell out quickly, so make your reservations today! Please call (402) 661-3842 or by email
(dinner reservations only please). Café Durham's servery line will be closed this evening. Bon appétit!
Saturday, June 20; 10 am–4 pm
Private Preview Day for Members
Beginning in 2015, every ticketed special exhibition at Joslyn will open first and exclusively for members. The exhibition will open to the general public the following day. Members, show your membership card at the admissions desk for tickets to the exhibition on preview day (reservations not required during the day). Curator gallery talks will be offered at noon and 2 pm by Karin Campbell, Phil Willson Curator of Contemporary Art. Not a member? Join now!
Thursday, July 9
Omaha Under the Radar
Performances throughout the Museum with a
special choreographed piece inspired by the work
of one artist in Art Seen
Thursday, July 16
Edible Omaha Launch
Everyone is invited to the Edible Omaha
magazine summer issue launch party at Joslyn.
Locally sourced food, garden tours, and organic
gardening educational opportunities await!
Thursdays, July 30
& September 3
Artist Dialogues with Curator Karin Campbell
Select artists, in conversation with Campbell,
talk about their work in Art Seen
Saturday, August 22
Select Art Seen
artists open their Omaha studios
to visitors followed by a gathering at 1912 in
Benson. Free for members; $10 general public.