Robert Henri Museum and Art Gallery
One of America's greatest artists and art instructors
Welcome to the Robert Henri Museum and Art Gallery located in Cozad, Nebraska. Robert Henri (formerly Robert Henry Cozad) was one of America's greatest artists and one of its most important art instructors. In our environmentally controlled gallery, built in 2014, you will find the largest collection of Henri’s work on display, or attributed to him, than anywhere else in this country. We have a major exhibit entitled Through My Own Language: Robert Henri and His Portraits, Landscapes and Sketches which includes a number of his paintings that we either own and have been loaned to us by patrons, many of his sketches along with personal items including letters and props. There are also examples of the work of some of his students including Margery Ryerson, Marjorie Organ Henri and Ernest Fiene.
Next to the gallery is the Robert Henri Museum which is located in the boyhood home of Henri and includes a number of family pieces on display. It was restored to its 1878-79 appearance in the mid-1980s. The museum includes exhibits, period furnished rooms, a gallery and a gift shop. It is also where many of the museum's programs take place including our receptions for our Artists in Residence, Artists of the Month, the Robert Henri Arts Festival, and our Holiday at the Henri program along with privately sponsored events. The museum has an introductory exhibit entitled Robert Henri: From the 100th Meridian to International Fame which reveals the important Nebraska legacy of the famed artist along with his family and local history. The museum has also published a new history of Henri's time in Nebraska entitled Nebraska Sign-posts: Robert Henri's Years on the Great Plains. To order it go to our website's Gift Shop.
We have also finished working on two new exhibits - Painters of a A New Century and Passing on the Art Spirit. They opened on August 15 and the design and fabrication were funded by the generosity of the Peter Kiewit Foundation.
Most importantly, we are embarking on a new chapter in the museum's history as we begin construction of a new five thousand square foot gallery. On November 1, 2023 we began to demolish the former American Legion building to make way for it. You can find out more about it by going to our New Gallery page and by seeing regular updates on our Facebook page..
Our web page provides information about our programs, activities, collection, and archives. You can keep up to date about our museum's regular activities by going to our Facebook page or signing up for our digital newsletter. You can find about both by going to our Join and Support pages. We look forward to visiting with you at our museum and sharing our wonderful collection with you.
Through My Own Language:
Robert Henri and His Portraits, Landscapes and Sketches
Coming Up Next
Holiday at the Henri - December 2, 2023 - 10:00-5:00
also, that day booksigning of a new history about Robert Henri entitled:
Nebraska Sign-posts: Robert Henri's Years on the Great Plains
by Peter Osborne, the museum's director
Funding for the museum's exhibits and programming is provided by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and many generous individuals and organizations.
“Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed on this web page do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.”
On Loan from Tammy and Larry Paulsen
In Memory of Ike and Shirley Paulsen
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The museum can be reached by either phone, email or snail mail. Because the museum staff is not on-site full time there may be a little delay in getting back to you.
218 East 8th Street
P.O. Box 355
Cozad, Nebraska 69130