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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  • 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 »
  • This place has the best staff, they are friendly and very knowing. The building is bright and very modern. The art is FANTASTIC! It is with in the building, but is also throughout all of the other...  more »
  • This was a very enjoyable museum! The building is beautiful, everyone was friendly, and the art was impressive! I took my daughters here on a Tuesday afternoon. We had the place to ourselves and enjoyed looking at all the art. It is a smaller museum, which made it a bit more accessible to take kids. We had a great time!
  • Since we live very close to JCCC, we go to the Nerman Museum often and love to eat in the cafe.Both are very easy to find and parking is close by. A must see for anyone tho lives or is visiting Johnson County. Located on the grounds of Johnson County Community College, this architecturally striking museum has an outstanding, culturally relevant collection from nationally known artists. We happened on the Museum during a weekend visit with friends in Overland Park and wished we had more time to enjoy the exhibits.
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