Architects listen to public for new Joslyn Art Museum designs

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) The Joslyn Art Museum announced plans for a new facility in October. Before designs are sketched, lead architecture firm, Snohetta, is listening to input from visitors.

Art lovers are eagerly awaiting designs for Joslyn Art Museum's new undertaking.

The plan is still fluid and the architecture firm wanted to get thoughts from the public Sunday.

“There really is genuine curiosity about what's happening, excitement about the possibility. Interest in seeing this evolve,” said Michelle Delk, architect with Snohetta.

That enthusiasm showed as crowds packed the atrium at Joslyn Art Museum to let designers know what they want to see in the new expansion.

“People can share their likes and dislikes and qualities and characteristics that they would hope to see as a part of the future of the museum,” said Delk.

Delk and members of the architectural team from Snohetta chatted with visitors and observed feedback for hours to get an idea of what draws Omahans to the art museum in the first place.

“We're really trying to listen and learn as much as we can about the Joslyn and people's memories and their favorite places and what they're imagining and thinking about for the future of the museum."

Children built and drew their imaginary designs for the new facility.

Others noted their favorite exhibits at Joslyn.

"I always really like the modern art galleries. Going through the old ones, it's always fun to see, as I learn more and go through the world, it's fun to see things that I didn't know about before,” said Anna House.

And least favorite ones at the museum as it stands now.

"I actually don't like the modern art at all. I much prefer the European art and Iike the traveling exhibits when they come every once in a while,” said Sophie House.

“This hands-on approach helps us to give people a variety of ways to share their thoughts."

Whether it's been one visit or one-thousand trips around Joslyn.

"It's a place that people feel is really a part of their lives and they come back for many, many different reasons."

The anticipation is sharply sculpted as the museum forges into the future.

Local architecture firm Alley Poyner Macchietto is assisting Snohetta with the designs.

They're unsure when plans will be completed or when Omahans could see the new facility.