Adult Programs @ Joslyn

Designed to encourage understanding and appreciation of every artistic endeavor—from visual arts and film to music, dance and poetry—Joslyn's adult programs offer a melange of opportunities in celebration of its remarkable special exhibitions and permanent collections. Join us!

UNO/UNL Art History Symposium

Saturday, April 21, 10:15 AM

Mother's Day Brunch
Sunday, May 13, 10 am

A Royal Drag and Dance Party Friday, July 13, 7 pm

Symphony Joslyn Series 2017-18

Spend Sunday afternoons immersed in music and art!

The Omaha Symphony presents its 2017-18 Symphony Joslyn Series in Joslyn’s Witherspoon Concert Hall on six select Sundays, October through May, at 2 pm.

Joslyn curators present pre-concert gallery talks at 1 pm and 1:25 pm showcasing works of art inspired by concert themes.

Season tickets are currently on sale. New subscribers can buy a season ticket package to Symphony Joslyn at $112 (for all six concerts), which is a 50% savings over purchasing them at regular price! To purchase season ticket package contact Ticket Omaha at (402) 345-0606 or visit

Single tickets will go on sale near Monday, August 14. Regular single tickets for Symphony Joslyn are $33 each. Joslyn members may purchase single concert tickets for $27 each (a 20% savings; to receive the discount). Joslyn Members must call Ticket Omaha to reserve advance single tickets or show your Joslyn membership card if purchasing tickets at the door the day of the concert. This offer is not available to the general public. Join Joslyn to qualify for this offer.

2017-2018 Season

October 8, 2017 - Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony

Mozart’s genius is revealed in his D-minor concerto, by turns stormy and lyrical, performed here by renowned concert pianist Washington Garcia, new director of the UNO School of Music. Mozart’s final symphony represents the peak of his achievement as a composer for orchestra: self-assured, lyrical, and ultimately grand.

November 19, 2017 - Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite

This delightful prelude to the holiday season opens with Prokofiev’s buoyant tribute to the Classical era. Principal tubist Craig Fuller offers a musical portrayal of Jupiter and his lustful hankering for the beautiful nymph, Europa. Tchaikovsky’s suite from The Nutcracker brings to musical life the Sugar Plum Fairy, a Waltz of the Flowers, and the lively Chinese, Arabian and Russian character dances.

January 7, 2018 - Schumann’s 3rd Symphony

Britten looks back to Renaissance composer John Dowland for inspiration in his variations for solo viola and orchestra. Listen for sorrowful, yet beautiful paeans to lost love. Schumann’s “Rhenish” Symphony recalls a visit to the Rhineland, where he encountered bucolic countryside and the solemn splendor of Cologne’s gothic cathedral.

February 18, 2018 - Haydn’s "The Hunt" Symphony
When Haydn met Mozart in 1781, he was blown away the young composer’s audacious talent. “The Hunt” was the first symphony Haydn wrote after their meeting, and it shows. Adventurous rhythms and harmonies cascade through the piece. Insane energy in the finale captures the intensity of the hunt. Tartini’s concerto suggests the splendors of 18th century Venice. Bellissimo!

March 18, 2018 - Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony
Britten’s lush serenade evokes the world of night. Through a twilit atmosphere set by muted horn and strings, the tenor offers English poetry exploring dreamscapes both beautiful and haunting. Despite its weighty title, Mendelssohn’s symphony is a jaunty romp, a celebration of Luther’s triumph during the Reformation.

May 20, 2018 - Beethoven’s 8th Symphony
Three boisterous sailors on leave in wartime New York City inspire Bernstein’s dance variations. Full of dance rhythms and phrases that resemble Tchaikovsky and Mozart, Poulenc’s mini-symphony is a light and lyrical crowd-pleaser. The most light-hearted of Beethoven’s symphonies, the Eighth plays endless musical jokes, ending with a mad-dash finale.

What's pictured: (above) Ernest Richardson, Omaha Symphony Resident Conductor, and Thomas Wilkins, Omaha Symphony Music Director. Photo courtesy of Bill Sitzmann.

Lusk Lecture

The annual Graham and Sally Lusk Lecture invites acclaimed artists, scholars, and visionary thinkers in the field of art and creativity to engage and inspire audiences who wish to better understand and appreciate art from around the world and throughout time.

Thursday, April 5 @ 6:30 pm
Christopher Knight, art critic for the Los Angeles Times

Joslyn Late 'til 8

Jump-start your weekend every Thursday evening 5-8 pm at Joslyn Art Museum. Mingle with friends, indulge your interest in fine art, and experience unique programs on select evenings. Late 'til 8 features gallery talks with artist, curators, and docents, as well as music, film, and hands-on art projects.

Thursday, March 22 @ 6:30 pm
Framing the Flame: Art That Ignites

Thursday, April 5 @ 6:30 pm
2018 Lusk Lecture: Los Angeles Times art critic, Christopher Knight

Thursday, April 12 @ 6 pm
Word as Image • Image as Word: Celebrating Letterpress Poetry

Friday, April 27 @ 7 pm
Tipsy Doodle!

Thursday, May 3 @ 6 pm
An Evening of Dance featuring UNO's The Moving Company

Thursday, June 21 @ 6:30 pm
Curator Gallery Talk: Treasures of British Art 1400-2000

Thursday, July 26 @ 5 pm
Omaha Under the Radar Festival

Thursday, August 16 @ 6:30 pm
Curator Gallery Talk: Treasures of British Art 1400-2000

Thursday, August 30 @ 6:30 pm
Public Lecture "The Madness of King George's Academy" with John Wilson, Ph.D.

Thursday, September 6 @ 6:30 pm
Film Screening: Monty Python and The Holy Grail

Spoken Word Events

Louder Than a Bomb Poetry Festival
Monday and Tuesday, April 16 and 17 @ 5:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Teams of teens bout in a friendly poetry and performance competition.
Storytelling Concert
Sunday, June 24 @ 2 pm
Antonio Rocha performs his unique fusion of mime and spoken word.

Art Encounters

Art Encounters
features monthly guided tours for all art lovers. All tours begin at 10:30 am at the Admissions Desk.

Thursday, March 15
I See That Fable Differently: Creighton University's Carlson Fable Collection

Thursday, April 19
How Did They Do That?

Thursday, May 17
Signs & Symbols

Thursday, June 21
Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection

Visualizing Literature: Book Club for Art Lovers

Visualizing Literature
features docent-led discussion groups four times a year connecting literature and art.

Tuesday, May 8 @ 10:30 am
Remember Ben Clayton by Stephen Harrigan

Appetite for Art Series 2017-18

These monthly gallery talks presented by Joslyn's Curators are accompanied by thematic lunches in Joslyn's beautiful Storz Fountain Court. All programs begin at 11:30 am.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
A Heavenly Helping

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Dishing Up Dutch

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Culture & Cuisine

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Western Fare

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
A Delicious Impression

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Curator's Choice

Art to Remember

Art to Remember, Joslyn's art-based program for people living with memory loss, is designed for small groups of visitors with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their friends or care partners. Held on select Sundays at 2 pm, gallery talks are facilitated by experienced Joslyn docents. Registration is required through the Nebraska Alzheimer's Association.

Sunday, May 27 @ 2 pm
Journey to Joslyn

Sunday, July 22 @ 2 pm
Travels through Time

Sunday, October 14 @ 2 pm
Western & Native American Art

Sunday, November 11 @ 2 pm
The Power of Color

AIA Lectures

Held in partnership with the Lincoln-Omaha Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), these fascinating lectures are free to the public on select Sunday afternoons throughout the academic year. Check back soon for more programs!

daOMA Lectures

Design alliance Omaha (daOMA) 
programs provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and opportunities for the Omaha design community. Programs are offered on select dates in the spring and fall.