Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park

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The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art is an integral part of Johnson County Community College. And as such, it is a public institution governed by the college and its publicly elected Board of Trustees (see Mission).

In 2003, Jerry and Margaret Nerman made a pledge (naming opportunity) of $1.5 million to assist in funding the construction of a contemporary art museum on the campus of JCCC. Jerry and Margaret Nerman (along with their son Lewis) are among the area’s most prominent collectors of contemporary art. Jerry Nerman often expresses his collecting philosophy as “the three s’s” – search, secure, and share. And the Nerman family frequently host visitors to their homes to view their collection.

Construction of the approximately $15 million Nerman Museum was realized through Johnson County Community College funding, with support from the Nerman Family, the M.R. & Evelyn Hudson Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Marti & Tony Oppenheimer, Richard I. & Jeanne S. Galamba, Barton P. & Mary D. Cohen, Dean E. Thompson, Irma Starr, Carl & Lee McCaffree, Jim & Mary Tearney, and Joseph & Margery Lichtor.

The elegant, minimalist building was designed by architect Kyu Sung Woo and is clad in Kansas limestone. Throughout the museum’s two levels are ten expansive galleries for temporary exhibitions and the permanent collection. Additionally, the museum houses the 200 seat Hudson Auditorium, Café Tempo, two classrooms, a Museum Store, a New Media Gallery, and art storage and preparation spaces. The museum boasts two lobbies – the impressive Cantilever Entrance (featuring a dazzling 60,000 white LED installation by artist Leo Villareal) and the glass and metal Atrium Lobby.

The museum’s permanent collection is largely comprised of works gifted by Marti and Tony Oppenheimer and the Oppenheimer Brothers Foundation. Art from Johnson County Community College’s Permanent Collection (acquired largely through JCCC’s annual acquisition fund) supplement the Oppenheimer Collection on view in the permanent collection galleries.

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  • We did not expect to find an art gallery of astonishing quality at a community college, and were a bit skeptical when a friend recommended we stop here, but we're so glad we did! As I told the... 
    We did not expect to find an art gallery of astonishing quality at a community college, and were a bit skeptical when a friend recommended we stop here, but we're so glad we did! As I told the...  more »
  • The building is a work of Art; and pieces are situated near windows to allow the passerby a glimpse or two. The museum features established and emerging contemporary artists working in various media.....  more
    The building is a work of Art; and pieces are situated near windows to allow the passerby a glimpse or two. The museum features established and emerging contemporary artists working in various media.....  more »
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  • Absolutely one the best balances between stunning architecture, museum and contemporary art. You'll be remarkably surprised/impressed by this hidden jewel located at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS. The parking lot is approx 100 feet away with ample spaces. The museum cafe, auditorium and class room venues are outstanding. The wide range of superlative curation/display of contemporary art will exceed expectations and admission is free. From the bench seating of steel and leather harkens Mies van der Rohe/Bauhaus and Seagram building lobby, suddenly you feel transported to a polished New York museum atmosphere. Rated as one of the top 10 university/college campuses for public art in America, citing the sculptures, paintings, ceramics, photography and works on paper installed throughout the campus. The museum presents many of the region's most important exhibitions of leading-edge contemporary art, as well as dynamic and diverse educational programming. The building is clad in a veneer of Kansas limestone with hues similar to the Getty. The architecture is beautifully done by Kyu Sung Woo Architects Inc. (Cambridge, Massachusetts) who also designed the Arts of Korea Gallery at The Metropolitan Museum in New York City, and many other commissions in America and abroad. His philosophy, " A museum should be experiential – both in viewing art and experiencing the building itself ". Mr. Woo attended Harvard Graduate school of design...the same university Walter Gropius once directed at the graduate school of design. Thank you JCCC and board of trustees: Jerry Cook Gerald Lee Cross Jr. Nancy Ingram Angeliina Lawson Greg Musil Laura Smith-Everett Paul Snider Generous Benefactors: Jerry and Margaret Nerman Highly endorse this work of art in a big city with a small town feel
  • This is a beautiful and free place to attend at JCCC. Excellent displays and accommodations and a very, if not a brand new facility. My new favorite place to go to in Overland Park, KS.

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