Director's Message

In January, Joslyn Art Museum received word that it is a 2016 Governor's Arts Awards honoree for Organizational Achievement. The biennial Governor’s Arts Awards is Nebraska’s premier event in recognizing individuals and organizations that shape our state’s artistic landscape. The impact of the arts, and this year's nine honorees, can be felt in the classroom, the economy, and the community. While the Museum's return to free general admission was a key factor in our consideration for this recognition, the subsequent community impact that has been fostered by that commitment to accessibility is being acknowledged as well. Joslyn's education and outreach efforts are expansive and deeply impactful — made even more so by the Museum's open and inviting atmosphere. We could not be more delighted to receive this award and share it with the community.

Exploring trends in the art world and looking to new opportunities for Joslyn, I spent some time in Europe in February. While there, I had the chance to do important work related to the Museum's collections program and 2017 exhibition plans. I also took advantage of some time in Paris to meet with Sheila Hicks to discuss final details of her summer 2016 exhibition at Joslyn and the related catalogue. I first met Sheila in January 2014 during a trip to Paris, where she has lived since 1964, and was delighted to see her again on the verge of one of the most significant recent exhibitions of her work. Although she did not live for long in the state, and has spent decades across the ocean, Sheila possesses an acute awareness of Nebraska and its sense of place within her own story. Join us this summer, beginning with the Gala preview on June 3, as we present Sheila Hicks: Material Voices, celebrating her unique and vibrant voice.

See you in the galleries!

Jack Becker, Ph.D.
Executive Director & CEO