Art Works

The brightly lit creative play spaces are surrounded by bright green rubber flooring, while cork flooring is used throughout the circulation areas. Colorful and durable stools surround the creativity stations and the built-in seating provides spaces for rest, relaxation and quiet play.
The corridor leading to the Joslyn Art Works is designed to seamlessly blend the renovated and existing space, inviting visitors to experience a roomful of artful possibilities. Colorful acrylic signage captures the imaginative spirit of the creativity center and incorporates the same transparent materials featured in one of the stations located within it.
Like pieces of a puzzle, the built-in seating fits together perfectly and offers comfortable and suitably–sized couches for kids to relax, read or play on their own.
A floor-to-ceiling light pillar, reminiscent of the glass sculpture in the Joslyn’s atrium, is the focal point of the brightly lit play area and serves a dual purpose: as a light source and one of the nine creativity stations where children of all ages can use transparent acrylic disks to create floating pieces of art.
The touchscreen painting station offers limitless possibilities to bring the artwork of young minds to life.
The brightly lit creative play spaces are surrounded by bright green rubber flooring, while cork flooring is used throughout the circulation areas. Colorful and durable stools surround the creativity stations and the built-in seating provides spaces for rest, relaxation and quiet play.
Joslyn Art Museum
Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Art Works is a revitalized space within the iconic 1930s-era Joslyn Art museum designed to inspire imagination and creativity. Once a dark, closed and unused library archive area in the lower level, the new creativity center now welcomes children of all ages into a bright world of discovery. Cut through a three-foot thick wall, the entry corridor and archway seamlessly blends the historical context of the surrounding spaces with the renovated space.

A relatively small space, its curved, fluid design invites big ideas in a limitless world of imagination at nine different creative activity stations, named for members of the Weitz family, the generous donors behind the project. The activity stations feature a variety of custom design details and provide visitors with a chance to exercise their artistic expression and interact with art in a new way.

A palette of vibrant greens, oranges and blues is used in the play area to reflect the colors used throughout the museum. Kid-friendly stations with names like "Charlie's Observation Station" and "Curiosity Corner," tie to actual collections and exhibits at the museum such as the permanent masterworks and contemporary art collections, in addition to Native American bead works and clay sculptures from ancient civilizations. A variety of digital art stations offers budding artists the opportunity to paint with touch screens and write and illustrate individualized stories that incorporate existing works of art.

All of the materials and finishes, including the custom-made stools and tables (with removable panels for storage) and the colorful green panels of the built-in and suitably-sized rest, relaxation and quiet play spaces, were designed to be both appealing and functional. A mixture of solid-color laminates and solid-surface materials is used at all work surfaces. The focal point—a 3D vertical light pillar in the center molded with rigid, vividly-colored and nearly transparent polycarbonate panels—invites visitors to design acrylic art that seems to flow from the light.


Awards

  • 2015 Winner, Education category - International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Great Plains chapter IDEA Awards
  • 2015 Honor Award, Innovative Use of Space - International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Great Plains chapter IDEA Awards