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!

Adult programs at Joslyn are supported by the Whitmore Charitable Trust.

Something Special @ Joslyn
Looking for something fun to do?  A new and different way to experience Joslyn?  Please join us for art talks, tours, music, movies, and more - programs presented with a twist! Check back often for links to special events you won't want to miss.

September 11 @ 5:30 PM
Lecture & Book Signing with Robert K. Wittman

Symphony Joslyn Series 2014-15

Spend Sunday afternoons immersed in music and art with the Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra at Joslyn Art Museum. This exciting new series features conversations about the connections between music on the concerts and specific works of art in Joslyn's collections.

All concerts begin at 2 pm in Joslyn's Witherspoon Concert Hall, with pre-concert talks at 1 pm and 1:25 pm by Joslyn staff. Gallery talks are free and open to the public.

2014–2015 Season

September 21 - Variations: Music by Schubert, Vivaldi, Ginastera
Gallery Talks, Pavilion Gallery 14, featuring Sol LeWitt's Seven-Part Variations on Two Different Kinds of Cubes, 1967-1969

November 23 - Musical Colors: Music for Timpani, Strings and Brass
Gallery Talks, Pavilion Gallery 14, featuring Helen Frankenthaler's Monoscape,1969

January 11 - Bach: More Or Less
Gallery Talks, Pavilion Gallery 14, featuring Frank Stella's Nogoro, 1982

February 8 - Haydn’s London Symphony
Gallery Talks, Pavilion Gallery 16, featuring Roger Shimomura's Untitled, 1985

March 8 - Mendelssohn's 1st Symphony
Gallery Talks, Pavilion Gallery 17, featuring Stephen Mueller's Director's Conundrum, 1982

May 10 - Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
Gallery Talks, Pavilion Gallery 17, featuring Jennifer Steinkamp's Judy Crook, 2, 2013

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 Labor Day. Regular single tickets for Symphony Joslyn are $36 each. Joslyn members may purchase single concert tickets for $28.80 each (a 20% savings). 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.

Pictured: Ernest Richardson, Omaha Symphony Resident Conductor, and Thomas Wilkins, Omaha Symphony Music Director. Photo: Bill Sitzmann

Garden Yoga   Sundays: August 3 - September 28 @ 10:30am

It's back! Join us every Sunday during the months of August and September for hour-long yoga sessions in Joslyn's sculpture garden. Instructors from Omaha Yoga & Bodywork Center will guide you through basic poses to help strengthen, lengthen, and center your mind.

Stay late and take a stroll through the galleries or bring a picnic to enjoy in the garden! In case of rain, we'll move indoors to the Storz Fountain Court.

Check out the instructor line up:
3 - Stephanie Watson
10 - Rebecca Pixley
17 - Sarah Brandt
24 - Sea Rose Taxman
31 - Rebecca Pixley

7 - Mark Bjorling
14 - Stephanie Watson
21 - Lindsey Stockdale
28 - Sarah Brandt

*Donations contributed during Garden Yoga sessions help keep Joslyn's public programming FREE.

Special Exhibition Programs

August 24 @ 2:00 pm
Joslyn Welcomes Joni L. Kinsey, Noted Moran Scholar

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.

July 31
Gallery Talk “American Indian Art: Living Tradition” with Julia Olson, Joslyn’s Weitz Family Intern

September 11
Lecture & Book Signing with "Priceless" Author Robert K. Wittman
5:30 PM Reception and Book Signing; 6:30 PM Lecture

October 2
Public Lecture: Under Omaha with Nebraska State Historical Society Archaeologist Rob Bozell
Program begins at 6:30 PM; Cash bar opens at 5:00 PM

Art Encounters
Third Thursday Art Encounters features monthly guided tours for all art lovers and is scheduled in partnership with The Nebraska Medical Center's Health and Wellness Club. All tours begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Admissions Desk.

August 21
Mark di Suvero: Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park & James Nares: Street

September 18
Encounters in the Kiewit Foundation Sculpture Garden

October 16
In Living Color: Andy Warhol and Contemporary Printmaking

November 20
BAM! It’s a Picture Book: The Art Behind Graphic Novels
December 18
New on View: Orly Genger & Joslyn in Bronze

Visualizing Literature: Book Club for Art Lovers
Visualizing Literature features docent-led discussion groups four times a year connecting literature and art. The adult program is scheduled in partnership with the Nebraska Medical Center's Health and Wellness Club.

September 9 @ 10:30 am
Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Discover the World's Stolen Treasures by Robert K. Wittman and John Shiffman.

Appetite for Art Series 2014-15

These monthly gallery talks presented by Joslyn's Director and Curators are accompanied by thematic lunches in Joslyn's beautiful Storz Fountain Court. All programs begin at 11:30 am. All programs begin at 11:30 am. Please watch for details about next season's 6-part series:

September 30, 2014
Dishing Up Dutch:
Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606-1699)
Portrait of Dirck van Os, ca. 1658

October 21, 2014
Frank Stella (American, b. 1936)
Nogaro, 1982

November 18, 2014
Pastoral Picnic:
Claude Lorrain (Claude Gellée) (French, 1600–1682)
Rest on the Flight into Egypt, ca. 1640

March 31, 2015
Christopher Wool (American, b. 1955)
Untitled, 2006

April 28, 2015
Pinch of Piety:
Master of Barluenga (Spanish, 13th century)
St. John on Patmos, ca.1285

May 26, 2015
Relish the West:
Maynard Dixon (American, 1875-1946)
Open Range, 1942

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.  

November 2 @ 2 pm
"The Un-Heroic in Archaic Greek Art" with Thomas Carpenter, Ph.D., Charles J. Ping Professor of Humanities Professor of Classics, Ohio University.

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.