An important component of my job is staying on top of emerging artists. The best way to keep tabs on current happenings in the contemporary art world is to experience art in real time. That means studio visits, conversations with artists, and attending art fairs. Spending time submerged in artists’ work, away from my desk, helps to ensure that I’m bringing back fresh new programming to Joslyn. On my most recent trip to New York City, I met with summer 2015 Riley CAP Gallery artist Kon Trubkovich, who is currently completing a series of 48 paintings that he started in 2011. One of those paintings will be featured in Kon’s upcoming exhibition at Joslyn. Kon will be coming to the Museum on August 20 to give a talk in the Abbott Lecture Hall, so mark your calendars! I also found time to meet with fall 2015 Riley CAP Gallery artist Brad Kahlhamer while I was in NYC. Brad recently returned from a residency at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation on Captiva Island in Florida, where he started working with ceramics. Perhaps his forthcoming exhibition at Joslyn will feature some of his clay creations! Check out my photo diary of my time in the Big Apple.
Phil Willson Curator of Contemporary Art
For 14 years, Joslyn Art Museum’s Contemporary Art Society (CAS) has provided a forum for its members to explore and share in the excitement of modern and contemporary art, in Omaha and around the globe. This photo diary was captured by Karin Campbell, Joslyn’s Phil Willson Curator of Contemporary Art, as a benefit for CAS members. We decided to share it with everyone, as a taste of the types of curatorial insight and interaction CAS members enjoy. For more connections to contemporary art, join CAS today! For details, please contact Erika Conces.