Robert Henri Museum and Art Gallery
OUR MUSEUM IS OPEN ONCE AGAIN
The museum's board of directors met on May 11, 2020 and decided to reopen on Memorial Day weekend. We are doing this with an abundance of caution and will strictly adhere to the social distancing rules that are in place, specifically that we all keep six feet of distance between us. Our staff may be wearing masks and gloves for their safety and for our visitor's safety. We will not be taking large tour groups yet but that may come in the future as the new regulations allow. We continue to follow recommendations from the CDC and Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts.
We want you back but if you are sick, please stay home until you are well, or if you have been sick recently, please respect our other visitors and staff and come back when you are completely well. We certainly do not want to spread the virus any more than it has already been spread. Like everyone we will be trying to deal with what will be the new normal for some time to come. We look forward to seeing you.
Welcome to the Robert Henri Museum and Art Gallery located in Cozad, Nebraska. Robert Henri (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 than anywhere else in the world. In late 2019, we opened a major new exhibit entitled Through My Own Language: Robert Henri and His Portraits, Paintings and Sketches. There are eleven of his paintings, thirty-four of his sketches and three prints of his work exhibited along with personal items including letters and props. There are also examples of the work of some of his students.
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. 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 annual Robert Henri Arts Festival, and our annual Holiday at the Henri program along with privately sponsored events. The museum contains exhibits, period furnished rooms, a gallery for temporary art shows and a gift shop.
We are also pleased to announce that we will be featured in Nebraska Life magazine in the July-August issue. The museum has not been featured in this statewide publication for many years, so we are delighted. Copies will be available in late June. The museum's director has been working with Alan Bartals, the publisher, and Tom Hess, the writer, for several months.
We are so excited because the magazine, a must read for Nebraskans and former Nebraskans, will give us great exposure for future visitors and highlight all the progress we have been making for the last thirty years. We have not had this kind of exposure since True West, a national magazine featured an article on the shooting of Alf Pearson by John Cozad, and featured Robert Henri in their October 2013 issue.
We will have copies of the Nebraska Life magazine on sale in our gift shop. In addition, we will be hosting a Nebraska Life “Robert Henri Issue” magazine release party on Thursday, July 16 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Reserve your spot by calling (308) 784-4154 or emailing email@example.com. There will be no admission charge and will be limited to 100 attendees. The evening's programs will include tours of the Cozad home, museum and gallery, light refreshments, commemorative “Robert Henri issue” sales and gift shop specials.
Like so many museums across the country we are trying to keep in touch with our members, visitors, supporters and benefactors in a variety of new ways using new forums because of the corona virus. We have begun to create a series YouTubes that have been posted regularly on both our Facebook page and web page. We will tell our visitors what the status of activities are at the museum and provide short videos of items in our collection including our paintings, sketches and archive. The entire collection of videos will be available on the page Museum and Gallery and in the section Telling the Henri Story in a New Way. However, we here at the museum believe that these new approaches will continue well into the future.
Our web page will provide you with a great deal of 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, Paintings and Sketches
December 9, 2020 - September 1, 2020
Preserving the legacy of Robert Henri for thirty-five years
On Loan from Tammy and Larry Paulsen
In Memory of Ike and Shirley Paulsen
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