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!

2017 Holiday Lights Family Festival

Sunday, December 3; Noon–5 pm

Here it comes... A full day of art-making, music, and more at Joslyn, sponsored by Wells Fargo. You can chip in by bringing a non-perishable food item to deposit in the "Shine the Light on Hunger" barrel located at the Museum entrance. Free trolley service offered to participating sites.

Marks of Genius: 100 Extraordinary Drawings from the Minneapolis Institute of Art is a ticketed exhibition: free for children and special $5 discounted admission for adults during Holiday Lights Family Festival!

Amazing Arthur Magic Show

Warm up with a little comedy, a few surprises, and the chance to participate in a magical performance!
12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm, Abbott Lecture Hal

Musical Performances

Rich Blues & More: Noon–12:45 pm, Storz Fountain Court
Ring of Flutes: 1–1:45 pm, ConAgra Foods Atrium
Tuba Christmas: 2–2:45 pm, Witherspoon Concert Hall


Cooper Classroom - Create your own masterpiece that begins with a detail image from a work of art on view in the Marks of Genius exhibition. When you're done, go on a scavenger hunt through the galleries and see if you can find the detail that inspired your drawing... talk about the similarities and differences with friends and family!

Strauss Bridge
- Sketchbooks are an important tool for artists and provide a place to record thoughts, playfully doodle ideas, and document experiences. Stop by one of our activity stations and create your very own sketchbook to take home. Don't forget to personalize the cover -- we'll have a variety of ink and stamps on hand!

Holiday Under Glass

Wednesdays and Fridays, December 6–22
Concerts begin at noon; admission is free.

Enjoy sounds of the season during Holiday Under Glass, Joslyn’s annual holiday concert series featuring area musical groups, now in its 23rd year.
Performances are held in the ConAgra Foods Atrium, and Café Durham is open from 10:30 am to 3 pm (free Wi-Fi service available). A gallery tour follows each concert at 1 pm (tour information to come; see the calendar; regular exhibition ticket pricing applies for Marks of Genius.) Seats fill quickly; if you plan to have lunch during the concert, consider arriving early. Join us!

Conagra Brands is a sponsor of Joslyn’s Holiday Under Glass concert series as part of its Shine the Light on Hunger campaign. Bring nonperishable food items to the Museum to donate to Food Bank for the Heartland.

Ballet Nebraska's Momentum--Fosse Style!

Friday, October 20 @ 7:30 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.

Music & Masterpieces

An Opera Omaha partnership celebrating Joslyn's European Collections featuring gallery talks and live music. Reservations required.

Thursday, July 13 @ 6:30 pm (Sold Out) and 7:00 pm
Part I: French Impressionism

Thursday, October 12 @ 6:30 pm (Sold Out) and 7:00 pm
Part II: Italian Baroque

Thursday, December 14 @ 6:30 pm (Sold Out) and 7:00 pm
Part III: Medieval and Renaissance

Special Exhibition Programs

Friday, October 13 @ 7 pm
Drink & Draw

Thursday, November 9 @ 6:30 pm
A Window Into the Artist's Mind with Rachel McGarry

Thursday, November 30 @ 6:30 pm & 7:15 pm
Marks of Genius Curator Gallery Talk

Sunday, December 17 @ 2:00 pm & 2:45 pm
Marks of Genius Curator Gallery Talk

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, October 12 @ 6:30 pm (Sold Out) and 7:00 pm
Music & Masterpieces Part II: Italian Baroque
Thursday, November 9 @ 6:30 pm
A Window Into the Artist's Mind with Rachel McGarry

Thursday, November 30 @ 6:30 pm & 7:15 pm
Marks of Genius Curator Gallery Talk

Thursday, December 14 @ 6:30 pm (Sold Out) and 7:00 pm
Music & Masterpieces Part III: Medieval and Renaissance

Thursday, January 11, 2018, @ 6:30 pm
Print Showcase II: Hendrick Goltzius's Passion

Art History Happy Hour

Brush up on your art history with Joslyn Curator Dana E. Cowen, Ph.D. at this four-part series, Medieval Art through Impressionism.

Series begins Thursday, January 4, 2018; 5:30–7:30 pm

Art Encounters

Art Encounters
features monthly guided tours for all art lovers. All tours begin at 10:30 am at the Admissions Desk.
Thursday, September 21
Picturing People

Thursday, October 19
Marks of Genius: 100 Extraordinary Drawings from the Minneapolis Institute of Art

Thursday, November 16
The Art of War & Peace

Thursday, December 21
New on View: Travels with Brian Floca & Svenja Deininger

Visualizing Literature: Book Club for Art Lovers

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

Tuesday, September 12 @ 10:30 am
A Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

Tuesday, November 14 @ 10:30 am
I Am a Man: Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice by Joe Starita

Tuesday, March 13 @ 10:30 am
The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro

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, October 15 @ 2 pm
Faith & Art

Sunday, November 12 @ 2 pm
Through a Child's Eyes

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!

Sunday, September 24 @ 2:00 pm
"Complexity and Contradiction in Diocletian's Palace" with Goran Nikšic

Sunday, January 28, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
"Virtual Reality in Archaeology: Explorations of Ancient Maya Landscapes" with Heather Richards-Rissetto, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Thursday, March 1, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
"Pompeii from the Bottom-Up" with Steven Ellis, University of Cincinnati

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.