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Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (NMOCA) has one of the top internationally acclaimed collections of emerging and established artists today. Public Art Review magazine named JCCC as one of the top 10 university/college campuses for public art in America, citing the sculptures, paintings, ceramics, photography, and works on paper installed throughout the campus. The museum presents many of the region’s most important exhibitions of leading-edge contemporary art, as well as dynamic and diverse educational programming.

The museum has received national and international acclaim for its architecture, exhibitions, educational programming, and collection, including both the JCCC Collection and the Oppenheimer Collection, since opening in fall 2007. With more than 100,000 visitors annually, the museum is regarded as one of the region’s most significant cultural destinations. The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art is located on the campus of Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. JCCC is one of the region’s major providers for the visual and performing arts. The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art is an integral part of Johnson County Community College. As such, it is a public institution governed by the college and its publicly elected board of trustees.

The elegant, minimalist building was designed by architect Kyu Sung Woo and is clad in Kansas limestone. Throughout the museum’s two levels are 11 expansive galleries for temporary exhibitions and the permanent collection. Additionally, the museum houses the 200-seat Hudson Auditorium, Café Tempo, two classrooms, and art storage and preparation spaces. The museum boasts two lobbies – the impressive cantilever entrance and the glass and metal Atrium lobby.


Selections from the Nerman Museum’s permanent collection are on display in several designated museum galleries and within various special exhibitions. With nearly 400 works of art on permanent display across campus, the college demonstrates the philosophy of “living with art” through a series of media focus areas designed to facilitate interaction with art on a daily basis.

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