Anne El-Omami Director of Education, Joslyn Art Museum
MA , 1974
Dr. El-Omami graduated from UNL in 1970 and received her Master of Arts in 1974.
She taught art in the public school systems in Kansas and Nebraska for a decade. She moved into museum work when appointed Curator of Education at Omaha's Joslyn Art Museum, where she created the innovative "Artward Bound" project. She went on to a position as Assistant Professor and Curator of Education at the University of Kansas and Spencer Museum of Art, followed by the position of Division Director for Education and Academic Affairs at the Cincinnati Art Museum. She then was Associate Professor and Director of the M.A. Program in Museum Education at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, a program recognized for its excellence and strength of its graduates. She returned to Omaha to become Director of Education at the Joslyn.
El-Omami was named a Distinguished Fellow of the National Art Education Association in 1998. In 2003, she was the winner of the Richard C. von Hess Faculty Prize at U. Arts. Throughout her career, El-Omami has authored scores of publications, ranging from teacher handbooks to youth guides to art history texts. She has developed and implemented innovative and creative leadership opportunities for museum professionals, art specialists in the visual arts, university faculties, and the corporate community. Her consultancies include work with the Pew Charitable Trust, the Getty Center, Kellogg Foundation, Terra Museum of American Art, and National Endowment for the Arts. She is a member of UNL's Cather Circle and also was a 2004 Master's Week Scholar.