The Joslyn Art Museum has chosen Kenneth Brummel as curator of its 20th century art collection.
He previously held curatorial positions at the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.
Brummel, who started in May, has a master’s degree in art history from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
“I am delighted to join the exceptionally talented staff of the Joslyn Art Museum at this exciting time of growth and change for the institution,” he said. “The Rhonda and Howard Hawks pavilions, currently under construction, and the significant donation of major paintings and sculptures from the Phillip G. Schrager collection will greatly raise the national and international profile of the museum, making this an ideal time to serve as curator. of the organization of the art of the 20th century.
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Jack Becker, executive director and CEO of Joslyn, said that as a published scholar with more than 10 years of relevant curatorial experience, Brummel is uniquely qualified to create dynamic programs and exhibitions on post-1945 American art. for the various audiences of the museum.
“He will continue to further scholarship, build collections and mount important exhibitions in the field of modern art at Joslyn,” Becker said. “We are delighted to have him in the team.”
Floating Root Beer Day
The Durham Museum will celebrate National Root Beer Float Day with free 8-ounce root beer floats for all visitors on August 6.
Each visitor will receive a ticket for a root beer float from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. while supplies last. Regular museum admission applies and membership is free. Free floats are underwritten by Upstream Brewing Company, Hiland Dairy Foods and Oriental Trading Company.
Guests will also have the chance to participate in fun activities on the museum platform, including a root beer ring toss, puzzles, games and crafts themed around the yummy frothy float.
Plus, every museum guest will receive a free soda jerk hat at the front desk to wear during the day. Comedic superhero scientist Dr. Oxygen will entertain guests with sweet science demonstrations from 1 to 2 p.m.
Ballet holding a dance day
Kids, teens and adults can try out a range of dance classes on Saturdays at American Midwest Ballet’s annual Dance Day.
The event will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the ballet company’s studios at the Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center, 1001 S. Sixth St. in Council Bluffs. Dance styles include creative movement, ballet, jazz, contemporary, and tap. The event is free, but pre-registration is required at amballet.org/school/dayofdance.
Native plants take center stage
As the native plant use movement continues to gain momentum, Mulhall’s Garden + Home is celebrating with a Wild Plant Festival.
In addition to its own growing collection of plants native to the Great Plains, the Omaha Garden Center brings together three other specialty growers in the region – Midwest Natives Nursery, Great Plains Nursery and Prairie Legacy, Inc. – to offer a selection of plants for gardeners become indigenous.
The Saturday event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will also include a series of mini-seminars for those just starting out or wanting to learn more, as well as popups from local businesses such as Mootz Pizza Truck, Coneflower Creamery and various local artists.
Native plant experts from local organizations will be there to answer questions, share their work, and suggest ways to get involved in the local native plant movement. Among them are prairie ecologist, photographer and author Chris Helzer of the Nature Conservancy and leaders from Conservation Nebraska and the Bellevue Native Plant Society.
22 Girl Scouts win the highest honor
Twenty-two Nebraska Spirit Scouts have earned Girl Scouting’s highest achievement, the prestigious Gold Award.
Gold Award Girl Scouts are high school activists who change the world by tackling local, national or global issues.
This year, the Spirit of Nebraska Gold Award Girl Scouts have made meaningful and lasting change in children’s literacy, inclusiveness through education, mental health awareness, women’s empowerment and more.
They were honored Thursday at a ceremony at the UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center.
The recipients were Kylie Berry, Omaha; Taya Berry, Lexington; Rilee Brazada, Lincoln; Emily Brodd, North Bend; Tia Chism, Bellevue; Cali D’Agosto, Omaha; Madison Eisert, Butterfly; Hailey Fuqua, Shelton; Kailyn Grunke, Omaha; Kourtney Hawk, Chadron; Karen Kalilangwe, Butterfly; Chloe Liebentritt, Omaha; Katherine Luther, City of Nebraska; Alexis Mark, Omaha; Fiona Miller, Butterfly; Rachel Moore, Bartley; Travel Noyes, Aurora; Madeline Ochsner, North Platte; Eme Starbuck, Bellevue; Payden Tracy, Pleasanton; Jianze Yang, Omaha; Anna Zingler, Elkhorn.
Extension office offers canning classes
Do you use a pressure canner to store food at home? Did you know that if you have a dial indicator on your canner, you should have it checked for accuracy?
Nebraska Extension in Douglas-Sarpy Counties offers dial gauge testing so you can check if your gauge is showing an accurate pressure reading. Without an accurate pressure gauge, you can put those who eat your canned food at home at risk of dangerous foodborne illnesses, such as botulism.
Douglas-Sarpy Extension is offering residents time to come to the office at 8015 West Center Road to have their gauges tested for accuracy without an appointment. These hours are Monday July 18 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesday July 26 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. If you have any questions, you can contact Nancy Urbanec at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-444-3668.
Hiring event scheduled for women
Women seeking employment in the Omaha area are invited to attend a MOMentum hiring event on Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. at Fireside Banquet Hall at Papillion, 841 Tara Plaza.
Unlike typical vendor-style career fairs, this candidate-focused event allows women to network before hearing employer presentations. After the introductions, women can connect with employer representatives to ask additional questions about the application process, benefits, and culture. Some employers may even conduct interviews.
MOMentum is an Omaha-based organization that seeks to reduce the feminization of poverty by removing barriers to employment for mothers while helping employers diversify their workforce.
MOMentum helps women find the best job based on their goals, schedules and interests; and then provides support services (such as trips to and from work, car repairs, housing referrals, gift cards for food) as needed to ensure Mom is successful. To learn more, visit momswithmomentum.org.
Concordia student gets top scholarship
Delaney Knight, senior of Concordia High, was recently awarded top scholarship at the Distinguished Young Women of Nebraska awards ceremony.
Delaney received $3,700 in cash awards as the Scholastics Interview and Second Place Winner, as well as over $700,000 in scholarships.
Second place overall was Maggie Wadginski of Westside High School, who received $1,500 in cash scholarships, including self-expression and talent scholarships. Millard West’s Caitlin Schuette finished third, receiving $1,400 in cash scholarships, including the Global Interview and Global School Scholarships.
Mama’s Attic exhibit has a military theme
Mama’s Attic’s latest exhibit focuses on the history of African Americans in uniform.
The exhibit traces the history of black soldiers in the military from the Revolutionary War to modern times. Special emphasis is placed on the early Patriots, United States Civil War Colored Troops, Private Buffalo, and Tuskegee Airmen.
The themed exhibit explores the motivation behind the desire of early black patriots to fight for the freedom of this country when they themselves had no freedom.
Civil War battlefield artifacts are on display along with a canteen and a pair of pants that belonged to a member of the United States Colored Troop who served in the Civil War.
The exhibition also heavily incorporates fine art to help tell the story, as evidenced by original artwork by Cassandra Gillan.
The museum is located at 1941 S. 42nd St., Suite 108, in the Center Mall Building. Find more information on her Facebook page at facebook.com/mamasattic.
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