Jo Cox recently curated Nebraska Rocks: A Mid-Century Music Scene (2019), featuring the Nebraska Music Hall of Fame; Uncommon Objects: New Acquisitions (2019); Picture Us: Northeast Nebraska in Photos & a Century of the Camera (2018); and Dress Code: Frills, Fashion, and Function (2018) at Elkhorn Valley Museum. She's contributed exhibition material to a number of shows, such as Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Tom Golden Collection (Tyler Museum of Art, 2016), Embracing Diverse Voices: 90 Years of African-American Art (Tyler Museum of Art, 2016), and Ansel Adams: Early Works (Tyler Museum of Art, 2015), and recently presented her paper, Into the Woods and Up the Tower: Denis Before 1895 and the Iconography of Maurice Maeterlinck’s Marionette Dramas, at the 2018 Midwest Art History Society Annual Conference's "19th-century Art Across Media" session. She will be presenting her paper The Bitten Breast: Lady Fiammetta in the High Renaissance at the 2020 New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies in March 2020.
Cox's diverse museum experience spans curation and exhibition design, collection management, educational programming, public relations and graphic design, and development and administration. As Executive Director of Elkhorn Valley Museum (Norfolk, NE), she originated new programming and large-scale events, developed and built permanent exhibits and cross-disciplinary exhibitions, increased visitorship and donations, managed a major capital campaign for the renovation of the Johnny Carson Gallery, and forged new partnerships with community organizations/businesses. Cox designed the museum's Nebraska Music Hall of Fame exhibit and facilitated the merging of the Hall of Fame with Elkhorn Valley Museum. She is the 2017 recipient of the East Texas Communities Foundation Arts Excellence Award.
Cox holds a BA in Art History from the University of Texas at Tyler, and is currently completing her thesis in fulfillment of her MA in Art History from UT Tyler. Cox's thesis research centers on the reinterpretation of sacred iconography in the work of Margaret and Frances Macdonald. Cox's other research interests include exhibition theory and practice, the Symbolist movement and early abstraction, and the fin de siècle.