The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art is located on the Johnson County Community College (JCCC) campus, and serves the school as well as the greater Johnson County area. In 2006, JCCC was cited by Public Art Review magazine as one of the top 10 college campuses for public art in the United States.
The origins of the Nerman collection date back to 1980, when the JCCC board of trustees approved a yearly program for acquiring works of art. The focus in building the collection has always been on contemporary art, reflecting the relative youth of the college (founded in 1969) and the geometric layout of its campus, conducive to exhibiting works of contemporary art. The cornerstone of the Nerman’s holdings is the Oppenheimer Collection, founded in 1992 by philanthropists Marti and Tony Oppenheimer and containing almost 100 works, which continues to expand today.
The Nerman, widely acclaimed for its architecture, permanent collection and exhibition program, opened in a new building in 2007. Drawing from and augmenting the Nerman/JCCC collection (with works borrowed from artists and institutions worldwide) is a series of 16 exhibitions per year that focus on particular artists, media and/or themes. The Museum also offers a busy schedule of educational activities including docent-led interactive art appreciation tours, gallery talks, visiting artist presentations, a film series, as well as studio classes for children on Saturdays and during the summer.
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art Information
- Public Transportation: Fair (accessible by buses 575, 660A, 665D, 672M, 710, and 875 at the JCCC Carlen Center stop)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Hours: Tuesday–Thursday/Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sunday, noon–5 p.m.
- Admission: Free to the public
- Tours: Docent guided tours are available by reservation only Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat between 10 a.m.–4 p.m., excluding college holidays. Each tour lasts one hour, covering approximately 10 works of art in a particular theme
- Membership: Individual membership begins at $50, with benefits including invitations to exhibit openings, lectures and programs, discounts on children’s classes, and 10% discounts at Museum Store & Café purchases