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.

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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 2021 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 2021 year was been a busy one. We installed 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, the Ervin and Grace Burkholder Foundation, the Bridge Marathon organization, Gwen Speiss and Marilyn Peterson. We hosted the first ever national conference on Henri here in Cozad. Almost seventy people attended our hybrid event. We also redesigned our gift shop.

In 2022 we continue on. We received the Nebraskaland Rising Star Award in May and we also opened a new exhibit on well-known Nebraska artist Miles Maryott. The museum has hosted its first ever intern 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. 


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 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.

Peter Osborne

Executive Director

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Photographs Courtesy Chuck Birgen

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Peter Osborne

Executive Director

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