The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (NMOCA) has been internationally recognized for its works by new and emerging artists and displays many of the area's most groundbreaking exhibitions of contemporary art. They also offer diverse and dynamic educational programs.
NMOCA has received both international and national acclaim for its educational programming, exhibitions, architecture, and collection, which includes the CCC Collection and the Oppenheimer Collection. The college was previously named one of the top 10 university/college campuses for public art in America by Public Art Review magazine. Opened in fall of 2007, the museum sees more than 100,000 visitors annually. The museum has been regarded as one of the area's most important cultural destinations.
NMOCA is located at the Johnson County Community College (JCCC) in Overland Park, Kansas and seen as a vital part of the college. The JCCC also happens to be one of the region's major providers of the visual and performing arts.
Construction of the museum cost approximately $15 million, with the primary donors as the namesakes of the museum, Jerry and Margaret Nerman. The building, designed by architect Kyu Sung Woo, is covered in Kansas limestone. The museum's two levels contain 11 different galleries for temporary exhibitions and the permanent collection. The museum is also home to the 200-seat Hudson Auditorium, Café Tempo, two classrooms, and art storage and preparation spaces.
What makes the museum unique is its vast and abstract representation of certain groups and ideals. With many pieces dealing with ideas of identity and cultural reflection, much of the work here targets the unseen and unconscious realms of human thought and engineering. Many pieces dive into topics like gender, history, society, culture, and many other nuanced concepts that remain at the forefront of lived human experiences. If you are looking for a space that awakens further artistic sensibilities, then this is the place for you.
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