Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
Johnson County Community College
12345 College Blvd
Overland Park KS 66210
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 469-3000
Mission Statement
The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and its campus-wide art installation program enhances Johnson County Community College’s national leadership position in higher education; advances the cultural profile of Johnson County, metropolitan Kansas City and the State of Kansas; and serves as a major cultural center.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Bruce Hartman
Board Chair Melody Rayl
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1990
Former Names
JCCC Gallery of Art
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and its campus-wide art installation program enhances Johnson County Community College’s national leadership position in higher education; advances the cultural profile of Johnson County, metropolitan Kansas City and the State of Kansas; and serves as a major cultural center.
Background Statement

In 1980, the Board of Trustees of Johnson County Community College made a commitment to collect “the art of our time." As JCCC was founded in 1969, the trustees felt a special commitment to art produced in the latter part of the 20th Century and after. Today, the work of more than 600 international, national and regional artists is represented in JCCC's prestigious collection, including 21 contemporary works by internationally recognized sculptors, and features a diverse range of painting, photography, clay, and works on paper.

The college's collection is installed in "focus" areas in the corridors, dining halls and other highly visible and accessible locations around campus, sparking a spontaneous engagement with art for students, faculty, staff and visitors. In a former 3,000-foot exhibition space, JCCC's Gallery of Art, which opened in 1990 in the Carlsen Center, gained a reputation for offering many of the region's most important exhibitions focusing on contemporary art. Drawn from museums, galleries, studios and private collections throughout the country, five annual exhibitions featured a broad spectrum of artistic expression and endeavor, each curated by director Bruce Hartman.

In 2007, the Gallery was closed, as the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art opened. Founded on the Gallery of Art's excellent reputation and history, the Nerman Museum began its existence with extraordinarily high standards and expectations.

Five years later, the Nerman Museum is recognized as one of the most important museums of contemporary art in America. It is a major-region serving institution, which presents numerously critically acclaimed exhibitions annually.

The JCCC Permanent Collection now exceeds 1,000 works of art byinternational, national and regional artists. And, the museums Oppenheimer Collection is nationally renowned. Both collections strongly represent artists associated with the Kansas City area.

Impact Statement
Since its opening in October 2007, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and its campus-wide art installation program serves as an interdisciplinary academic resource for students and faculty, and a cultural center for exhibiting, interpreting, collecting and preserving works of contemporary art in a wide range of media. With a commitment to serving both this and future generations, the Nerman Museum’s goals for the current year are to:
  1. Educate students, the college community and the public about the art of their time by maintaining an art acquisition and exhibition program, and related educational programming focused on contemporary art. This program will enhance the educational goals of Johnson County Community College; promote continuous learning; foster dialogue, encourage critical thinking and raise appreciation of diverse views; and, enrich the cultural vitality of the campus, Johnson County and the region;
  2. Provide a campus-wide art installation program that incorporates art into the daily lives of students, serves as a readily accessible resource for academic instruction and community engagement, and accommodates the growing collection. We will incorporate the highest standards of integrity and quality in the exhibition, collection, and interpretation of works of art.
Needs Statement
 The organization's top 5 most pressing needs:
  1. Expand museum membership
  2. Expand educational outreach to area schools
  3. Collection conservation and maintenance needs (in particular, three outdoor sculptures)
  4. Expand campus-wide collection installation (focus areas)
  5. Enhance the museums various operating and acquisition endowments
Service Categories
Art Museums
Arts Education
Higher Education
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
Description Museum public programs give individuals opportunities to interact with living artists and explore the collection through social activities. Free exhibition opening receptions feature lectures by exhibiting artists or guest speakers. The Jerome Nerman Lecture Series brings out internationally known artists for an annual event whichencourages appreciation for and scholarship in contemporary art.The museum offers a series of Third Thursday Visiting Artists presentations throughout the academic year, featuring two Kansas City-based artists paired with JCCC faculty moderators,and scheduled in the afternoon to promote student interface with professional artists. During the 2011-2012 academic year, over 605 individuals from the campus and community attended our 6 Third Thursday presentations.
Program Budget $15,000.00
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Description  Noon at the Nerman is a series of gallery talks that take place Fridays from noon-12:30, every week during the academic year. Each week a different JCCC staff member or faculty member presents a work of art of their choice from the museum’s permanent collection, and they draw on personal experience and highlight interdisciplinary connections relevant to the work. Since Fall of 2009, we have had over 75 presentations, and over 1430 people have attended. Johnson County Community College also partners annually with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on JCCC’s Night at the Nelson, an event which yearly draws hundreds of students, staff and faculty to the Nelson for special presentations by JCCC faculty and Nerman Museum staff.
Program Budget $7,500.00
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Description Free guided tours are led by docent volunteers who have completed a comprehensive training program through the museum. Interactive art appreciation tours led by docents are designed to facilitate understanding of contemporary art in our exhibitions and in the permanent collection on view throughout campus. Tours are available for community groups and school groups starting with kindergarten.The museums free art appreciation tours brought more than 950 adults from the community to tour exhibitions and installations in 2011-2012. Docents and staff led more than 134 tours for the community (including more than 1393 school children).
Program Budget $50,000.00
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Description In addition to continuing the popular Contemporary Creations classes for children ages 8-11 in the summer and on Saturdays throughout the academic year, the museum continued to offer new sessions of Early Explorations classes for children ages 5-7 in accordance with national standards in art education and museum education. During each session, students explored and discussed selected works of art, developing critical thinking skills and expanding cultural awareness, and then created original works of art in the museum’s studio classroom. With both programs, 741 students participated in 83 classes in 2011/ 2012.
Program Budget $13,600.00
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Description Busing for local school groups visiting the museum for guided tours: Annual budget $10,000

Funds are needed for 100 school buses rented for $100 per day, serving 4,000 school children.


Stages & Studios Program (pilot March 2009) Stages and Studios: All Arts Day is an innovative, interactive program for underserved children in schools lacking arts opportunities. A full day of multidisciplinary arts experiences in the Carlsen Center performance spaces and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art would be offered free of charge to selected schools four times during the academic year. Hundreds of students would participate in engaging activities tied to Kansas Curriculum Standards. Student engagement wouldinclude artist performances and talkbacks, hands-on exploration with discussion, backstage tours and art appreciation tours of museum exhibitions, and studio art lessonsall directed to support interdisciplinerary classroom objectives and curricula.

Annual budget: $4,000

Funds are needed for 4 museum workshops, 100 students each, total 400 children.


After school workshops for scout groups or art clubs:

Special workshop programs would be scheduled by appointment for groups including scouts and school groups 2ndgrade and older after school on weekdays. Workshop curriculum would be similar to our Early Explorations and Contemporary Creations classes in that the children explore several works of art in the museum and then make a related project within a 2-hour time frame, but the workshop would be offered privately just for the group. Pilot programs with Girl Scout groups were held September 2009, March 2010, October 2010, and April 2011.

Annual budget: $1500

Funds are needed for 10 programs to cover instructor salary and art supplies for 15 children per program, total 150 children.

Program Budget $15,500.00
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Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Bruce Hartman
Term Start Aug 1990

Bruce Hartman was director of the Johnson County Community College Gallery of Art since its inception in 1990, and now serves as director of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at JCCC. He received an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 1983. Hartman's curatorial experience is extensive, and prior to his return to Kansas City, he served as chief curator at Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum in Detroit, Michigan. At JCCC Hartman oversees exhibition organization and manages and develops the college's permanent art collection, which includes the JCCC Sculpture Park. He has served on the Sprint Arts Council, the Charlotte Street Foundation, the Exhibition Committee of the Jewish Museum, the selection committee of Grand Arts, the Leawood Arts Council, and the Arts Council of Johnson County. Additionally, Hartman has served on numerous Kansas City and area percent for art panels, as well as the Avenue of the Arts selection committee. In 1997 he was featured in ARTnews as one of the nation's leading young collectors of contemporary and American Indian art.


Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Nerman Museum Operations Coordinator
Title Nerman Museum Curator of Art Education
Title Nerman Museum Collection/Exhibition Coordinator
Paid Full-Time Staff 6
Volunteers 50
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
  •  The 2008 “Honor Award” from the American Institute of Architects Central States Design Excellence Awards.
  • The “2009 Community Treasure”…”Honored as Celebrating Hope and Enrichment of Life in Kansas City” from the Community Christian Church
  • The Pitch, “Best of Kansas City Award”.  Voted “Best Chance to See a Half-Century of Kansas City Art in Overland Park.”
  • American Alliance of Museums (AAM)
  • Association of Academic Museums & Galleries (AAMG)
  • The Mountain-Plains Museums Association (MPMA)
  • National Art Education Association
  • Kansas Art Education Association
  • Museum Store Association (MSA)
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Melody Rayl
Term July 2012 to June 2013
Board Members
Jerry Cook
Bob Drummond
Greg Musil
Melody Rayl
Stephanie Sharp
Jon Stewart
Don Weiss
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2012
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2013
Projected Revenue $1,765,969
Projected Expenses $1,765,969
Endowment Value $0
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage 0
Form 990s
2011 Form 990
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year200720062005
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Administration Expense$0$0--
Fundraising Expense$0$0--
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
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Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year200720062005
Total Assets$0$0$0
Current Assets$0$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$0
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Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Goal $0.00
Amount Raised to Date $0.00 as of 2008
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Name Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
Address Johnson County Community College
12345 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS 66210
Primary Phone (913) 469-3000
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Bruce Hartman
Board Chair Melody Rayl
Year of Incorporation 1990
Former Names
JCCC Gallery of Art