May 17 Joslyn Around Town
Art and Verse at Joslyn Castle
6:30 pm (cash bar @ 6 pm)

Free to Museum and Castle members; $10 general public. Space is limited; advanced registration recommended (below); walk-ins welcome if space permits. Joslyn Castle is located at 3902 Davenport Street.
Questions? Contact Karla Lechtenberger, Education Programs Coordinator, at (402) 661-3846 or

Meet up with friends, a Joslyn Art Museum curator, and a Nebraska Writers Collective poet for the final Art and Verse program of the season.
Gather for an art talk/poetry pairing that explores a work from the Museum’s collection that has been selected by the public. Cast a vote on social media or the web, then show up to discover the crowdsourced pick, hear the curator’s take on the work, and experience the poet’s performance of an original piece inspired by it.

Wednesday, May 17, 6:30 pm (cash bar @ 6 pm)
Which work will Karin Campbell, Phil Willson Curator of Contemporary Art, and poet Ryan Boyland explore?

Vote for one of these works (shown below, left to right) that will inspire the May 17 program: Kon Trubkovich's (Russian, born 1979) I walked to find you grey (2015); Carrie Mae Weems (American, born 1953) You Became Mammie, Mama, Mother & Then, Yes, Confidant–Ha and Descending The Throne You Became Foot Soldier & Cook, from the series From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried (1995); and Allison Janae Hamilton (American, born 1984), Seven Champions of Peculiar Engagement (2020)

Public voting has ended for this program and the chosen work is by Carrie Mae Weems, below center.

Meet the May Poet 
Ryan Boyland is a writer, wanderer, doctor, and amateur astronomer. His love for both science and poetry motivates him to combine the two at every opportunity. His work addresses issues of identity, love, and death. And stars. Because they’re cool. Boyland and his work have been featured on Button Poetry, Poets and Writers, Nebraska Public Media, with the Nebraska Poetry Society, through Larksong Writers Place, and in The Cookout Literary Journal. When he is not writing, Boyland enjoys listening to music, stargazing, and being Black, mixed in with the occasional intense discussion regarding the validity of the Star Wars prequels.

Program Registration is closed

Cheers to Our Members! Members of Joslyn Art Museum will receive a free drink to enjoy at this event! Space is limited, so be sure to sign-in online and place your reservation in advance. Provide your name at check-in, and you and your guest will receive one drink token to enjoy at the event.

Art and Verse at Joslyn Castle is a Joslyn Around Town program.