Director's Message

Joslyn's first-ever jewelry exhibition dazzled this summer. Bijoux Parisiens was unique in its presentation of both designs on paper and one-of-a-kind finished works of wearable art. It was an exquisite show that made crystal clear the important role that drawing plays in jewelry design. This fall, we delve deeper into drawing with Marks of Genius. From the collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Marks of Genius showcases one hundred drawings — masterworks by numerous artists in a variety of media, spanning centuries. These works are extremely sensitive to light and can only be displayed for short periods of time, making this exhibition an exclusive, not-to-be-missed opportunity. There are even a few works from Joslyn's own collection on view as a complement to the show. A ticketed exhibition, Marks of Genius is free to Joslyn members, so be sure to renew your membership if it is expiring this fall, or join Joslyn today, so you do not miss a thing.

Consider giving the gift of membership in Omaha's art museum to others this holiday season. Buy your Joslyn gift memberships online, and we will take care of the rest! Members can look forward to a 2018 exhibition schedule brimming with variety, including a major exhibition of work by Ed Ruscha (born in Omaha!), the influential Conceptual and Pop artist known for the use of words and phrases in his art; six centuries of masterworks from the most significant private collection of British art in the United States; and, from Vermont’s Shelburne Museum, an extraordinary collection of varied and historic American quilts. Members receive free admission to all of these ticketed exhibitions. Also in 2018, the work of three contemporary artists will be featured in Riley CAP Gallery exhibitions, and two children’s book illustrators will be highlighted in the Mind’s Eye Gallery, along with a fable exhibition in collaboration with Creighton University.

Joslyn was fortunate to host two outstanding events to welcome the fall arts season to Omaha. First, on August 28, the Joslyn Art Museum Association (JAMA) presented its signature Lecture Luncheon in celebration of Bijoux Parisiens. Jeweler and author of Stoned, Aja Raden, was special guest speaker at the event. A sincere thank you to the Lecture Luncheon chairs Jackie Conway, Susan Cutler, and Jeanie Jones, and to JAMA president Brady Pape Gibson, for a stellar event. On September 8, Joslyn's Young Art Patrons welcomed hundreds of guests to the Museum grounds for its annual GLOW in the Garden event. It was a beautiful and fun night for all . . . special thanks to the entire GLOW committee for a great evening.

A number of special events and programs are upcoming, including lectures; drawing events; a Hispanic cultural festival; collaborations with Ballet Nebraska, Opera Omaha, and the Omaha Symphony; and seasonal events such as the popular Holiday Under Glass concert series. As you make your way to the Museum over the coming months, be sure to stop by the Hitchcock Museum Shop, ready for the gift-giving season with a number of exclusive and one-of-a-kind items at all price points.

With best wishes to you for a happy holiday season and our sincere thanks for your support of Joslyn Art Museum now and in the future.

See you in the galleries!


Jack Becker, Ph.D.
Executive Director & CEO