Director's Message

Welcome to the New Year at Joslyn! The excitement around the Museum and throughout the community is palpable as Joslyn moves forward with expansion plans announced in October. Introducing a new Joslyn for the twenty-first century, the expansion will add new galleries to showcase more art in an architecturally inspiring space; support greater breadth and depth of public programming and art education opportunities; and create an environment that heightens the Museum experience and exceeds visitors’ expectations. This physical and programmatic expansion will happen with the utmost care and respect for the two remarkable and beloved buildings that presently comprise Joslyn. Our selected architectural firm, Snøhetta, is outstanding, and a perfect fit for this project, not only for their visionary design, but also for their commitment to honoring the legacy of the Museum and celebrating what Joslyn means to us, to our city, and to Nebraska. Stay tuned in the coming months as things develop, and please be sure to join us for a Community Day workshop on Sunday, January 13, with representatives from Snøhetta and our local partner, Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture.

Last year at this time, we were preparing to welcome internationally-renowned artist Ed Ruscha for Word/Play: Prints, Photographs, and Paintings by Ed Ruscha. It was a terrific show for Joslyn and Omaha, and it was an honor to have Ed here as special guest for the opening. Now, we are delighted to have this remarkable artist again in the news in association with Joslyn, as he makes a monumental collection gift to the Museum. It is nothing short of extraordinary to receive more than three dozen works, selected personally by this renowned American artist, to be showcased in Omaha as part of Joslyn’s collection. We are forever intrigued by Ed Ruscha’s view of America and immensely grateful for his generosity.

Joslyn is pleased to welcome a new Associate Curator of European Art, Taylor Acosta, Ph.D. A former Research Fellow and Curatorial Intern at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Dr. Acosta was also curator of the Myron Kunin Collection in Minneapolis. She arrives with a breadth of knowledge of European art, collecting, and curating and is certain to make a lasting contribution to Joslyn.

The exhibition year at Joslyn begins with 30 Americans, featuring over 60 works by nationally and internationally recognized black artists. This challenging and inspiring exhibition is one not to miss. The Museum is committed to broadening the presence of underrepresented voices in its galleries and making sure that everyone feels welcome and included.

This summer, we showcase a fascinating and fun design exhibition featuring chairs. The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design is also the anchor exhibition for the Joslyn Art Museum Association's annual Gala, scheduled for June 1. This fall, we present Word and Image: The Saint John's Bible. Many of you may remember the first Saint John's Bible exhibition at Joslyn in 2006. Now, over a decade later, the hand-written and illuminated Bible is complete, and this exhibition will feature new pages. Also in the coming months, the work of three contemporary artists will be featured in Riley CAP Gallery exhibitions, beginning with Fred Tomaselli, and three children’s book illustrators will be highlighted in the Mind’s Eye Gallery.

All of us at Joslyn Art Museum wish you and yours health, happiness, and prosperity in the New Year. See you in the galleries!

Jack Becker, Ph.D.
Executive Director & CEO