September 11 Lecture & Book Signing with Robert K. Wittman
Reception and book signing begin at 5:30 PM; Lecture begins at 6:30 PM

You are invited to an evening of intrigue! Joslyn Art Museum in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation Citizens Academy Alumni Association presents a special evening with Robert K. Wittman, founder of the FBI’s Art Crime Team and co-author of Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures.

Join us to hear Wittman, the FBI’s top investigator in art, antiques, jewelry and gem identification, describe some of the FBI’s most captivating art heist investigations of the century, recounting his career and activities while working for the FBI as an undercover agent.

Beginning at 5:30 pm in Joslyn’s Storz Fountain Court, guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and the opportunity to meet Robert K. Wittman during book signing. Books are currently available for purchase from Joslyn’s Hitchcock Museum Shop and will also be available for purchase at the book signing. Lecture begins in Joslyn’s Witherspoon Concert Hall at 6:30 pm. Reception continues after the program.

"Authoritative and superbly crafted, PRICELESS is absolutely, hands down, the best book ever written on art crime." —Associated Press

TICKETS ON SALE JULY 1: $25 for Joslyn Members, FBICAAA, FBI agents and guests; $35 for general public. Space is limited and advanced registration is strongly encouraged. For more information or to make a reservation please visit FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association website or email

spent twenty years as an FBI special agent, where his accomplishments included the creation of the bureau’s Art Crime Team.

Rising from humble roots as the son of an antiques dealer, Wittman built a twenty-year law-enforcement career that was nothing short of extraordinary. Armed with a scholar’s passion, a con man’s smile, and a daredevil’s nerves, he worked undercover to catch art thieves, scammers, and black market traders in Paris and Philadelphia, Rio and Santa Fe, Miami and Madrid. By the FBI’s accounting, Wittman saved hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of art and antiquities. He says the statistic isn’t important. After all, who’s to say what is worth morea Rembrandt self-portrait or an American flag carried into battle? They’re both priceless.

CLICK HERE to read "FBI Art Sleuth Wittman to Share Tales at Joslyn" by Julien R. Fielding, The Omaha Daily Record (September 9, 2014).

Wittman's appearance at Joslyn is sponsored by the Kind World Foundation