Garden News

December 6, 2019 – Joslyn Art Museum has changed to a Smoke Free Campus to ensure all visitors can enjoy every part of our Museum – inside and out.  While smoking has never been permitted inside the Museum, this change will mean that smoking will no longer be allowed on Museum property, including the Peter Kiewit Foundation Sculpture Garden and the Discovery Garden.





November 20, 2017 A few weeks ago, Central High School Students helped plant six trees on Joslyn's campus (pictured right). The trees were obtained through a grant from ReTree Nebraska.


December 11, 2015 –
Joslyn Art Museum's Discovery Garden is now a certified wildlife habitat through the National Wildlife Federation and a certified monarch waystation through Monarch Watch.



November 5, 2015 – This year, Joslyn Art Museum was awarded 21 trees for the ReTree Nebraska grant. These trees consist of the pagoda dogwood, the eastern wahoo, the persimmon, the pawpaw, the shagbark hickory, the bitternut hickory, the dwarf chinkapin oak, the Mongolian oak, the liaotung oak, and the sweet bay (from the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum); the ‘Niobrara’ paper birch, the Saskatoon serviceberry, and the water birch (from the Great Plains Nursery); and the northern pecan and the black oak (from the Papio Valley Nursery). All trees are grown from seed collected regionally, if not locally. The ‘Niobrara’ paper birch are grown from seed collected from wild trees growing along the Niobrara River.

By the end of this season, with the ReTree additions, Joslyn Art Museum will be home to 257 individual trees. 72 different species of trees comprise that list, with a whopping 19 of them being oaks!



July 20, 2015 – This is the third season of predominantly organic lawn and landscape care. As a result, Joslyn's campus has become an increasingly inviting and accommodating place for creatures like these monarch butterfly caterpillars (right), seen snacking on a milkweed plant in the Discovery Garden. A dozen monarch caterpillars have been counted so far this season, as well as one black swallowtail caterpillar, many other kinds of butterflies, a few clearwing hummingbird moths, and dozens of different bee species.

The variety of native bird species observed has also steadily increased, ranging from a bald eagle sitting on the north fence in the Parking Garden and a peregrine falcon cooling off in the Reflecting Pool, to a pair of gray catbirds nesting in the Veach Atrium Garden and a common yellowthroat warbler seen bopping around Discovery Garden. The presence of such substantial biodiversity is significant, especially in an urban place like downtown Omaha.




Recent Acquisition Now on View


August 22, 2014 Joslyn Art Museum has installed a new bronze work in its Peter Kiewit Foundation Sculpture Garden — Magdalena Abakanowicz’s Single (1994). A recent gift of Gail and Michael Yanney, Lisa and Bill Roskens, and Mary and Charlie Roskens, the work is the first by Abakanowicz in Joslyn’s collection. Single is on view now in Garden Gallery 1 (the northeast area of the garden).

Born in Falentyn, Poland, in 1930, Abakanowicz (pronounced ah-bah-can-oh-vitch) began making sculptures in the 1950s as a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. She quickly garnered critical acclaim for her fiber-based installations and hanging textiles that reflected on her childhood experiences living in Nazi and Soviet-occupied Poland. In the 1970s, Abakanowicz turned her attention toward the human form. She is perhaps most well-known for portraying headless bodies, which are meant to echo the human inclination to follow charismatic leaders blindly, a phenomenon the artist witnessed first-hand during World War II. When Abakanowicz began to receive commissions to create public art installations, she expanded her materials beyond textiles to include bronze, wood, stone, and clay. Her outdoor projects in recent decades have featured multiple identical figures, all oversized and often positioned in rows, to underscore the widespread dehumanization that accompanies totalitarian political systems. Joslyn’s new work is a single example of her bronze-cast, headless bodies.

Abakanowicz’s work can be found in public collections internationally, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; among many others.

What's Pictured:
(Above) Magdalena Abakanowicz (Polish, 1930-2017), Single, 1994, bronze, Gift of Gail and Michael Yanney, Lisa and Bill Roskens, and Mary and Charlie Roskens, 2014.11

Click here for a press release with more details about Magdalena Abakanowicz's Single.



April 24, 2014
Omaha Public Power District’s Tree Promotion Program was designed to “actively promote the planting of trees, and to provide education concerning the value, selection, placement and welfare of trees.” Joslyn Art Museum is one of this year’s grant recipients, and as a result of this grant, will be adding nine new trees to the Discovery Garden.



January 15, 2014 —
Joslyn Art Museum’s sculpture garden is now part of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, Inc.’s (NSA) Landscape Steward Affiliation Program. The Museum’s seven plus acre open-air campus features over 20 sculptures, positioned in its parking garden, along the entrance drives, and in two primary gardens: the Peter Kiewit Foundation Sculpture Garden and the Dorothy and Stanley Truhlsen Discovery Garden. The focal point of a 2009 campus redevelopment and beautification plan, the landscaped gardens have dramatically enhanced the face of Joslyn’s grounds with their vast array of trees and other landscape plants and strong examples of formal and informal landscape design. To qualify as a NSA Landscape Steward, a site must be a managed landscape (public or private) exhibiting excellence in design, plant diversity, and maintenance. The Joslyn sculpture garden is one of 17 Omaha area sites to earn the distinction.

Joslyn Art Museum sculpture gardens are open daily, 7 am to 11 pm, year round. Admission is free.

Click here for a press release with details about Joslyn's NSA affiliation.



Click the NSA logo to learn more about the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, Inc.