In 2007, Johnson County Community College in Overland Park enhanced its reputation as one of the major cultural destinations of the region with the opening of the much anticipated Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.
The museum is named for Jerome and Margaret Nerman and their son, Lewis, who are among the region's most prominent collectors of contemporary art. Housed in the museum is the renowned Oppenheimer Collection, founded in 1992 by philanthropists Marti and Tony Oppenheimer. In 2004, the Oppenheimers began assembling a collection specifically destined for the new Nerman Museum. Works by emerging and established artists (recognized regionally, nationally and internationally) comprise the core of the museum's more than 1,300 works permanent collection.
The more than 41,000-square-foot Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art has a range of exhibition spaces, including galleries for temporary exhibitions, the permanent collection, the works of Kansas associated artists and new media. The museum also houses an auditorium, classrooms and Cafe Tempo.
The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art provides cultural inspiration, educational insight and economic stimulus to Johnson County and the region. Whether a student or visitor is 18 or 80, JCCC and the Nerman Museum offer him or her immediate access to world-class dynamic educational programming and the very best of contemporary art.
The Nerman Museum is open Tuesday and Saturday 10am-5pm, Wednesday and Thursday 10 am-8 pm, Friday 10am-9pm and Sunday noon-5pm. The museum is closed Mondays and all JCCC holidays. Admission and parking are always free at the Nerman Museum. For more information, contact the Nerman Museum.