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The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art is an art museum that is located on the campus and is a department of Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. The museum is named for donors and local art collectors Jerry and Margaret Nerman. It opened in October 2007, succeeding the college's former Gallery of Art. The building was designed by Ho-Am Prize-winning Korean architect Kyu Sung Woo. General admission to the Nerman is free to the public.
Jerry and Margaret Nerman (along with their son Lewis) are among the area's most prominent collectors of contemporary art. Jerry Nerman often expresses his collecting philosophy as "the three s's" - search, secure, and share. And the Nerman family frequently host visitors to their homes to view their collection.
Construction of the approximately $15 million Nerman Museum was realized through Johnson County Community College funding, with support from the Nerman Family, the M.R. & Evelyn Hudson Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Marti & Tony Oppenheimer, Richard I. & Jeanne S. Galamba, Barton P. & Mary D. Cohen, Dean E. Thompson, Irma Starr, Carl & Lee McCaffree, Jim & Mary Tearney, and Joseph & Margery Lichtor.
The elegant, minimalist building was designed by architect Kyu Sung Woo and is clad in Kansas limestone. Throughout the museum's two levels are ten expansive galleries for temporary exhibitions and the permanent collection. Additionally, the museum houses the 200 seat Hudson Auditorium, Café Tempo, two classrooms, a Museum Store, a New Media Gallery, and art storage and preparation spaces. The museum boasts two lobbies - the impressive Cantilever Entrance (featuring a dazzling 60,000 white LED installation by artist Leo Villareal) and the glass and metal Atrium Lobby.
The museum's permanent collection consists of works gifted by Marti and Tony Oppenheimer and the Oppenheimer Brothers Foundation. Art from Johnson County Community College's Permanent Collection (acquired largely through Johnson County Community College (JCCC)'s annual acquisition fund) supplement the Oppenheimer Collection on view in the permanent collection galleries.
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