The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art is located at the the corner of College Boulevard and Quivira in Overland Park.
At the time this web page was built, the newest museum in the state of Kansas was the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kansas. The photos on this page were taken during the opening Public Reception on October 27, 2007.
The Nerman Museum is located on the campus of Johnson County Community College (JCCC), the third largest college in the State of Kansas. I've heard several times that at 38,000 square feet the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art is the largest contemporary art museum in 4 states, but no one ever says which 4 states. The building was designed by Kyu Sung Woo Architects, and consists of a box, cantilevered out from another box. It makes a fine venue for showing large paintings or unusually shaped sculptures or art objects. The shape and glazing of the building makes more sense from within the galleries, than from outside.
While I'm more of an impressionist fan, I still enjoyed over half of the art work on exhibit. The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art collection includes about 700 works, with about 30 percent by artists with ties to the Kansas City area.
The Nerman Museum has 3 permanent galleries, and 6 galleries for temporary exhibits. Look for regular changes in the art exhibited at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, the museum director plans to have 16 special exhibits each year.
Admission to the of Contemporary Art is free. Tours of the galleries for individuals or groups requires advance reservation. Photography is permitted as long as flash or tripod is not used.
In addition to the Nerman Museum, the Johnson County Community College campus has a lot of public art, including outdoor sculpture, paintings, ceramics, photography and works on paper displayed throughout the campus. Pick up a Visitor Orientation guide for a map to sculptures and other art located on the Johnson County Community College Campus.
copyright 2007-2009 by Keith Stokes