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Omaha’s Joslyn Art Museum Reveals Expansion Plans

The Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha announced that it has tapped the Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta to lead a major expansion project that will add new galleries and spaces for educational initiatives and other public programming, as well as revamp the institution’s Memorial Building and Walter and Norman Foster–designed addition, built in 1931 and 1994, respectively.

“The museum is one of Nebraska’s greatest assets, and this project will allow it to be and do more,” Joslyn’s executive director and CEO Jack Becker said in a statement. The additional galleries will allow the institution to focus on growing its permanent collection and showcase more of its holdings.

Commenting on the project, the firm’s founding partner Craig Dykers said: “Omaha’s place in the great landscape of the American West is a wonderful inspiration to us. Together with Joslyn’s rich collections of art spanning the globe and its dynamic relationship with the communities that sustain it create a powerful platform to begin designing the next phase of its life, for future generations. All of us at Snøhetta are energized and honored to be a part of the work.”

Over the thirty years since the firm was founded, it has designed a number of buildings, including the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo and the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion in New York. Among its more recent projects are the redesign of the public space in Times Square; the Lascaux IV Caves Museum in Montignac, France; and the expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.