Contemporary Art Society

The Contemporary Art Society (CAS) was formed to be an integral component of Joslyn Art Museum’s commitment to contemporary art in 2001. As an encyclopedic Museum, Joslyn has provided a forum for modern and contemporary art for over eighty years. Joslyn looks forward to expanding its contemporary voice through exciting exhibitions, important acquisitions, as well as programs and activities that capture the imagination of our members and enrich our community.

Members of the Contemporary Art Society receive the following exclusive benefits:

  • Ongoing dialog with Joslyn’s Director and curatorial staff
  • Local events at collectors’ homes and artists’ studios
  • Fascinating programs with renowned artists and guest lecturers
  • Invitation for two to the Contemporary Art Society Annual Dinner and all CAP (contemporary artists project) events
  • Regional, national, and international art tours
  • Recognition in a special section of Joslyn’s annual report
  • General Membership benefits to Joslyn Art Museum

For additional information on how to join CAS please contact Jessica Blackman, Membership & Special Events Manager, at (402) 933-8220 or by email.

The membership contribution to join CAS is $1,000.00; the contribution to renew CAS is $500.00.

Upcoming Contemporary Art Society (CAS) Events:

This year’s annual Contemporary Art Society (CAS) dinner is scheduled to take place on September 7, 2017 with artist Janet Biggs who will have her work on display in the Riley CAP Gallery through September 10, 2017.

5:30 pm  Exhibition Viewing  Pavilion Galleries

6 pm 
Public conversation with Janet Biggs and Karin Campbell, Phil Wilson Curator of Contemporary Art  Abbott Lecture Hall

Cocktail and Dinner immediately following 


The Karen and Doug Riley Contemporary Artists Project Gallery

A 500-square-foot space in the Scott Pavilion suite of galleries, the Riley CAP Gallery showcases nationally- and internationally-recognized artists, as well as emerging talent, selected by Joslyn curators.  A rotating schedule of intimate, carefully focused exhibitions will examine how artists engage with the world and respond to the issues that challenge them creatively, bringing new perspective on contemporary art to Nebraska.

Riley CAP Gallery artists will be invited to Joslyn for lectures and other public programs, giving audiences the opportunity to gain insight into creative processes and contribute to an extended dialogue about new art.  The first Joslyn gallery dedicated exclusively to living artists, the Riley CAP Gallery represents an important step in making contemporary art an even more integral component of the Museum's exhibition programming.