Adult Programs @ Joslyn
Designed to encourage understanding and appreciation of every artistic endeavor—from visual arts and film to music, dance and poetry—Joslyn's adult programs offer a melange of opportunities in celebration of its remarkable special exhibitions and permanent collections. Join us!

Something Special @ Joslyn
Looking for something fun to do?  A new and different way to experience Joslyn?  Please join us for art talks, tours, music, movies, and more - programs presented with a twist! Check back often for links to special events you won't want to miss.

Sunday, May 8 @ 10 am
Rise and Shine Mother's Day Breakfast Buffet

Sunday, June 12 @ 2 pm
Tim Lowry Storytelling Concert
with Nebraska StoryArts

Saturday, June 18; 10 am-2 pm
Omaha World Refugee Day
with the Omaha Refugee Task Force and Omaha Public Schools

Symphony Joslyn Series 2015-16

Spend Sunday afternoons immersed in music and art! 

The Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra presents its 2015-16 season, Symphony Joslyn, in Joslyn’s Witherspoon Concert Hall, on select Sundays, September through May, at 2 pm.

Joslyn curators present pre-concert gallery talks at 1 pm and 1:25 pm showcasing works of art inspired by concert themes.

Season tickets are currently on sale. New subscribers can buy a season ticket package to Symphony Joslyn at $112 (for all six concerts), which is a 50% savings over purchasing them at regular price! To purchase season ticket package contact Ticket Omaha at (402) 345-0606 or visit 

Single tickets will go on sale near Labor Day. Regular single tickets for Symphony Joslyn are $36 each. Joslyn members may purchase single concert tickets for $28.80 each (a 20% savings; to receive the discount). Joslyn Members must call Ticket Omaha to reserve advance single tickets or show your Joslyn membership card if purchasing tickets at the door the day of the concert. This offer is not available to the general public. Join Joslyn to qualify for this offer. 

2015-2016 Season:

September 27 - Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto
Thomas Wilkins, conductor; Susanna Perry Gilmore, violin
Prokofiev’s lyrical concerto offers our concertmaster abundant opportunities to revel in the work’s melodic beauty. Effervescent works from Spanish composers, including the “Spanish Mozart” Arriaga, bookend the program.

November 22 - Mozart’s Prague Symphony
Ari Pelto, conductor; Patrick Pfister, trombone
Riotously creative, Mozart’s “Prague” Symphony stitches together melody, color, and rhythm into a thrilling musical marvel. Best known for scoring The Godfather, Nino Rota imbues his concertos with his trademark intensity and elegance.

January 10 - I Hear America Singing
Thomas Wilkins, conductor; Christopher Burchett, baritone
Sweeping, tuneful works by American composers come together in an appealing program that is part of the 2015-16 citywide “Westward O” celebration of the American West.

February 28 - Schubert’s 5th Symphony
Perry So, conductor; Maria Harding, flute
Ballet music from Rameau and Mozart operas prepare the way for Schubert’s luminous and lively fifth symphony, plus the deft artistry of the Omaha Symphony’s principal flute shines in Reinecke’s heartily Romantic concerto.

April 17 - Sacred Conversation
Ernest Richardson, conductor; Voices of Résonance
Professional chorus Résonance joins the orchestra for inspired works by Stravinsky and Haydn, while the string section shines in pieces including Adams’s hypnotic Shaker Loops.

May 22 - Beethoven’s 1st Symphony
Thomas Wilkins, conductor; Carmelo Galante, clarinet; James Compton, bassoon
Beethoven’s youthful symphony caps a program that includes the charming Duet-concertino of Richard Strauss, inspired by a Hans Christian Andersen tale and performed by two of the Omaha Symphony’s outstanding principal woodwinds.

What's pictured: (above): Ernest Richardson, Omaha Symphony Resident Conductor, and Thomas Wilkins, Omaha Symphony Music Director. Photo courtesy of Bill Sitzmann.

Special Exhibition Programs

Thursday, July 7 @ 5 pm
Omaha Under the Radar

Thursday, July 14; 6:30 pm (cash bar @ 5 pm)
Material Voices Curator Gallery Talk

Thursday, August 18; 6:30 pm (cash bar @ 5 pm)
Material Voices Curator Gallery Talk

Thursday, Saturday, August 13; 10 am-5 pm
Wrapped, Dyed, & Woven: A Celebration of Sheila Hicks

Joslyn Late 'til 8
Jump-start your weekend every Thursday evening 5-8 pm at Joslyn Art Museum. Mingle with friends, indulge your interest in fine art, and experience unique programs on select evenings. Late 'til 8 features gallery talks with artist, curators, and docents, as well as music, film, and hands-on art projects.

Thursday, July 7 @ 5 PM
Omaha Under the Radar

Thursday, July 14; 6:30 PM (cash bar @ 5 pm)
Material Voices Curator Gallery Talk

Thursday, August 18; 6:30 PM (cash bar @ 5 pm)
Material Voices Curator Gallery Talk

Art Encounters
Third Thursday Art Encounters features monthly guided tours for all art lovers. All tours begin at 10:30 am at the Admissions Desk.

May 19
Galleries of the Garden

June 16
Sheila Hicks: Material Voices

July 21
Drawing Stories: The Picture Book Art of Marla Frazee

Visualizing Literature: Book Club for Art Lovers
Visualizing Literature features docent-led discussion groups four times a year connecting literature and art.

May 10 @ 10:30 AM
Mr. Mac & Me by Esther Freud

September 13, 2016
Stories of Art and Artists
by Diana Secker Tesdell

November 8, 2016
Son of a Gamblin’ Man: The Youth of an Artist
by Mari Sandoz

Appetite for Art Series 2015-16
These monthly gallery talks presented by Joslyn's Curators are accompanied by thematic lunches in Joslyn's beautiful Storz Fountain Court. All programs begin at 11:30 am.

September 29 - Well Seasoned
Featuring Jennifer Steinkamp's Judy Crook, 2, 2012

October 20 – From Portrait to Plate
Showcasing Sir Joshua Reynolds' Portrait of Miss Franks , 1766

February 23 - Comida Confortante
Featuring Robert Henri's Consuelo in Black, 1924

March 29 – Dreaming & Dining
Showcasing Frank Stella's Le Rêve de d’Alembert, 1974

April 26 - Modern Art Á La Carte
Showcasing Manierre Dawson's Equation, 1914

May 24 – Déjeuner et l’Amour
Featuring Jean Vignaud's Abelard and Heloise Surprised by the Abbot Fulbert, 1819

AIA Lectures
Held in partnership with the Lincoln-Omaha Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), these fascinating lectures are free to the public on select Sunday afternoons throughout the academic year.

daOMA Lectures
Design alliance Omaha (daOMA) programs provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and opportunities for the Omaha design community. Programs are offered on select dates in the spring and fall. 

CU @ Joslyn Series 2015-16
Presented in partnership with Creighton's College of Professional Studies, CU at Joslyn offers monthly lectures presented by Creighton faculty on select Sundays at 2:00 PM throughout the academic year.

September 20, 2015
"Painting in the French Royal Court: A Young Woman's Journey - Louise Elisabeth Vigée-LeBrun" presented by Jan Lund, Professor Emeritus, Modern Languages and Literatures

November 15, 2015
"The Legacy of Palmyra: The Funerary Relief of Lady Shalmat" presented by Gregory S. Bucher, Classical and Near Eastern Studies (CANES)

February 14
"Ancient Greek and Roman Courtship and Marriage Customs" presented by Christina A. Clark, Classical and Near Eastern Studies (CANES)

March 20
"A Visual 'Walking-Tour' of Second-Temple Jerusalem" presented by Susan Calef, Department of Theology

April 24

"Fashion, Art, and Society: Contextualizing Fashion in Painting at Joslyn Art Museum" presented by Abby Fogel (mentored by Matthew Averett), Department of Art History