Annual Report, Board of Directors, and Staff
The mission of the Robert Henri Museum and Gallery is to promote the legacy of Robert Henri, one of America’s most important art instructors and artists. The museum and gallery will serve as the center for Henri studies and will accomplish this by exhibitions, programming, publishing and disseminating information, and maintaining an archive. The museum will also preserve the history of the Cozad family and its role in the history of the community.
Marlene Geiger, Jane Kinnnan and the late Betty McKeone, all long-time supporters of the museum.
Photograph Courtesy Peter Osborne
Welcome to our annual report section. Our organization is a 501c3 corporation organized and based in Nebraska. Here you will find a complete report of the museum activities for the 2018-2019 period, our latest 990 filings, a list of our current board members, and a biographical sketch of our director. If you have any questions feel free to contact us.
We are proud of what we have accomplished over the last two years as the museum builds upon the work of previous boards, staff, and volunteers. That work continues with all of us looking for new ways to explore and promote the legacy of Robert Henri and also preserving the Cozad family legacy. We opened a major new exhibit in our Art Gallery in December 2019 called Through My Own Language: Robert Henri and His Portraits, Paintings and Sketches. The effort included accessioning all the pieces of art into our collection, tracing down the donor information, and reframing and remounting about one-third of our collection of sketches.
Our 2020 year has been another busy one. The redesign of our web page was a top priority and is now complete. We continue to reorganize our important archives and using the information as we begin to redesign our interpretive programs. Our director has begun writing a monthly column for the local newspaper and we post regularly on our Facebook page and have a digital newsletter.
We painted the exterior trim of our building along with making a number of long-needed repairs. The museum has also completed upgrading some of its plumbing and electrical systems and installed a new hanging system in our museum's galleries. Our grounds have looked terrific because of museum volunteers.
One of our most critical needs at the moment is for volunteers to help us with the many visitors who come our way from May 1 to October 31. We offered a training session in June which includes a booklet full of information to make the job easier but will offer the same session in the future for potential volunteers. If you are interested please feel free to email or call the museum.
We will be fabricating a new exhibit called Robert Henri: From the 100th Meridian to International Fame in the coming months and upgrading our interpretive signage in the museum. The creation of the exhibit has been funded by Humanities Nebraska, the Ervin and Grace Burkholder Foundation, the Bridge Marathon organization, and Gwen Spiess. We are also undertaking a major research effort now that is reevaluating our interpretation of the history of the museum building and the early years of Cozad's history. It is hoped that we will publish our findings in a forthcoming book entitled Nebraska Sign-posts: Robert Henri’s Years on the Great Plains.
We encourage you to join us on this amazing journey that we are on, now in our thirty-seventh year, promoting the work of Robert Henri, one of America's greatest artists and art instructors. Gifts to the museum are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
We hope to see you at some point this year and enjoy the fruits of our labors.
Photographs Courtesy Chuck Birgen