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.
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 2022 year, our latest 990 filing, 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 forty 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 museum Art Gallery in December 2019 called Through My Own Language: Robert Henri and His Portraits, Landscapes 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 2022 year was a busy one. We finished installing a new exhibit called Robert Henri: From the 100th Meridian to International Fame and upgrading our interpretive signage in the museum. The creation of the exhibit has been funded by Humanities Nebraska, Cultural Endowment of Nebraska, the Union Pacific Foundation, the Ervin and Grace Burkholder Foundation, the Kosman Foundation, the Bridge Marathon organization, Gwen Speiss and Marilyn Peterson.
We received the Nebraskaland Rising Star Award and we also opened a new exhibit on well-known Nebraska artist Miles Maryott. The museum has hosted its first ever intern historian from the University of Nebraska Kearney and we are in the initial planning stages of building a new exhibit of Robert Henri's Nebraska years.
In 2023 we move forward as we continue to undertake a major research effort that is reevaluating our interpretation of the history of the museum building and the early years of Cozad's history. We plan on publishing our findings in a forthcoming book entitled Nebraska Sign-posts: Robert Henri’s Years on the Great Plains. We have also received a prestigious grant award from the Peter Kiewit Foundation to build two new exhibits on The Immortal Eight and Passing on the Art Spirit. The City of Cozad is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its creation and the museum will be sponsoring a number of programs. For more information go to our Cozad 150 listing link.
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