Kent Bellows Mentoring Program

Joslyn's Kent Bellows Mentoring Program is dedicated to building creative capacity in teens, fostering artistic community, and encouraging the mentoring spirit in the arts. We offer small-group, teen art programs in many areas, allowing students to try a number of different mediums, techniques and formats. Current programs focus on painting, sculpture, mixed media, printmaking, murals, fashion, music, ceramics, digital arts, photography, and gallery practices. Students are encouraged to meet and connect with peers from different schools, learn new skills and explore unfamiliar art forms. Open studio formats are also available for students with challenging schedules or who may simply want to "test-drive" the program.

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Mural Arts

The Kent Bellows Mural Arts Program matches professional mural painters with young artists to create public art for the community. Each mural is designed by the mentor and students in response to community research and in collaboration with Omaha Public Works. Traditional latex and aerosol paints are used separately or in combination to achieve different visual effects. To date, students and mentors of this mural arts program have completed over 25 community murals totaling over 16,000 square feet.

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Program History

In January 2014, Joslyn Art Museum welcomed into its family the newly named Kent Bellows Mentoring Program and ownership of the Kent Bellows Studio, located at 33rd and Leavenworth Street in Omaha. In 2007, a nonprofit organization was established to create an art mentor program for teens — the legacy of Nebraska-born artist Kent Bellows (1949–2005), whose realist work, including the self-portrait at right, is part of Joslyn’s collection. That entity dissolved at the end of 2013, and Joslyn assumed responsibility for the future of its successful program, recognized for its dynamic vision, unique and versatile curriculum model, and exceptional work with young people. Kent Bellows Studio remains the home base for the Mentoring Program and — as an integral piece of Joslyn’s whole — the program allows the Museum to significantly expand its active engagement of teens, local artist mentors, and youth agencies throughout the metro area. The identity and integrity of this highly respected program, which helps develop the creative voice of youth, remains intact, with promise for growth and diversification.

What's Pictured: Kent Bellows (American, 1949–2005), Self Portrait Raging, 1991, graphite on paper, Gift of Dr. Thomas J. Huerter, 2003.19, Collection of Joslyn Art Museum
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