April 9 Slow Art Day
1:00 - 3:00 PM


Stop, look, and linger at Slow Art Day!
Registration is encouraged; drop-ins are welcome. Click here to register for Slow Art Day or register by emailing Camille Coonrod, Joslyn's Weitz Family Fellow, or calling (402) 402-661-3865.

What is Slow Art Day? One day each year people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly. The mission of the turtle-paced, global event is simply to help more people discover the joy of looking at and loving art.

It's not surprising to learn that as we speed through life in the fast lane, the average museum visitor spends 17 seconds or less looking at an individual work of art. Slow Art Day encourages a more contemplative approach to viewing art. 

"Slow art is a peace movement. After all, what could be more peaceful than looking and slowly contemplating a work of art?"  
~ Tim Slowinski, Slow Art Day Founder

Why Slow?
When people experience art slowly and deliberately, they make discoveries, and the most important discovery they make is that they can appreciate art without an expert!  Indeed, studies show there is little difference between the oh-so-savvy art expert and the not-so-savvy art viewer in their reactions to art. Observing art slowly unlocks passion and creativity and helps to create more art fans—like you!

How does it work? Participants look at five works of art for at least 10 minutes each and then meet together over coffee in Joslyn’s Founder's Room to talk about their experience. That’s it! In order to bring to the table some common discussion points, we ask that participants focus on the following select works of art - an eclectic mix of object in various media from Joslyn’s permanent collection and special exhibitions.

Karen and Doug Riley CAP Gallery
Brad Kahlhamer, (American, born 1956),
Omaha Super Catcher, 2015,
wire, jingle bells,
Museum purchase with funds from the Joslyn Art Museum Association Annual Gala 2015, 2015.11.1


Scott Pavilion: U.S. Bank/Rismiller Gallery 16
Martin Puryear (American, born 1941),
Self, 1978,
polychromed red cedar and mahogany,
Museum purchase in memory of Elinor Ashton, 1980.63


Scott Pavilion: Omaha World-Herald Gallery 14
Gene Davis (American, 1920–1985),
Friar Tuck , 1978,
acrylic on canvas,
Gift of Ak-Sar-Ben in Honor of N. Philips Dodge, King of Ak-Sar-Ben 1979-80, 1980.52

Scott Pavilion Gallery 17

Jennifer Steinkamp (American, b. 1958),
Judy Crook, 2 , 2012,
single-channel digital video projection,
Museum purchase, bequest of Rose Marie Baumgarten, 2013.10

Scott Pavilion Gallery 17

Ross Bleckner (American, born 1949),
1944-1945 , 1977-1980,
oil and wax on canvas,
Memorial purchase in memory of E. Stanton Miller, II., 1980.43

Need some tips? To assist with sustained contemplation of individual works of art, the Tate Museums' “Guide to Looking at Art” may be particularly useful for first time Slow Art Day goers.

Participants may also consider bringing a notepad or sketch pad with drawing pencils (no wet media, please). There will be gallery stools available for Slow Art participants at the front desk near the main entrance. They will be clearly labeled with a Slow Art Day sign. Please feel free to take a stool with you, but please remember to be mindful of works of art when moving through the galleries. Please be reminded that food and drink is not allowed in the gallery spaces.