The March session of Photography group will feature special guest Bruce Hartman, Founding Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College. Hartman will be speaking about his experiences curating photography exhibits for the Nerman.
This group is for photographers at all levels, both professional and enthusiasts, to collaborate and share photography industry information. Bring your questions and plan to take time to socialize too.
Bruce Hartman serves as Founding Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College - after also serving as Founding Director of the College’s former Gallery of Art since its inception in 1990. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Central Missouri and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Washington University, St. Louis.
Hartman’s curatorial experience is extensive, spanning over 30 years and hundreds of critically acclaimed exhibitions. Prior to his return to Kansas City, he served as curator at Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. At the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Hartman oversees all exhibition organization, curates and develops the museum’s renowned collection, and oversees all museum operations. Additionally, he along with (Marti and Tony Oppenheimer) has spearheaded the museum’s Oppenheimer collection.
During his tenure at JCCC/Nerman MoCA, the college was designated as one of the Top 10 universities or colleges in America for art on campus; the college collection grew from 100 to over 1,400 works of art; and he oversaw the architect selection, design, construction and opening of Nerman MoCA.
Hartman has served on numerous Kansas City boards and committees, including the Charlotte Street Foundation, the Sprint Corporation Arts Council, the Exhibition Committee of the Kansas City Jewish Museum, the Arts Council of Johnson County, and Kansas City percent for art panels.
Bruce Hartman is a native of suburban Kansas City, where his parents were esteemed collectors of historic American Indian art. Hartman continues to personally collect in this genre. In 1997, he was featured in ARTnews as one of the nation’s leading collectors of American Indian and contemporary art. Works from his collection have been on view at the Nelson -Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO; the Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY.