JoBeth Cox is a Wichita-based museum professional and artist, with diverse experience in collection management, exhibitions, and strategies for engagement, in arts and culture museums.
Cox curated Nebraska Rocks: A Mid-Century Music Scene featuring the Nebraska Music Hall of Fame (November 15, 2019 - February 15, 2020), Folk Art of Mexico: Selections from the Boeckman Collection of Mexican and Latin American Folk Art (December 4, 2018 - March 23, 2019), Dress Code: Frills, Fashion, and Function (November 16, 2018 - April 27, 2019), and Picture Us: Northeast Nebraska in Photos & a Century of the Camera (June 19 - November 4, 2018) at Elkhorn Valley Museum. She's contributed interpretive content to a number of exhibitions, 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. Her paper, The Bitten Breast: Lady Fiammetta in the High Renaissance, was accepted to the 2020 New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (cancelled due to Covid-19). Cox has presented as a guest lecturer at Wayne State College on topics related to object-based learning through visual culture, and she co-organized and emceed the University of Texas at Tyler Annual Art History Symposium in 2016 and 2017.
Cox's diverse experience includes collection management, curation, collaborative partnerships, educational programming, and development and administration. As Executive Director of Elkhorn Valley Museum (Norfolk, NE), she originated new programming and large-scale events, developed and designed permanent exhibits and cross-disciplinary exhibitions, increased visitorship and strengthened donor support, secured local and statewide grants, managed a capital campaign for renovation of the Johnny Carson Gallery, and forged new partnerships with community organizations and businesses. Cox facilitated the merging of the Nebraska Music Hall of Fame with Elkhorn Valley Museum and designed the Hall of Fame permanent exhibit. She is a 2017 recipient of the East Texas Communities Foundation Arts Excellence Award.
Cox earned an MA in Art History from the University of Texas at Tyler. Her thesis posits the reinterpretation of sacred iconography in the work of Margaret and Frances Macdonald as a vehicle for exploring identity politics at the fin-de-siécle. Cox completed her undergraduate degree in Art History at UT Tyler, with a minor in Studio Art.
Exhibition theory and unconventional space, the Symbolist movement, early abstraction, the Arts and Crafts movement, identity politics in visual culture, Gesamtkunstwerk ideology.
Areas of Emphasis:
19th-century art history, Modernism, Contemporary art history, art historical interpretive methodologies including feminist theory, globalism, intersectionality, and metamodernism.
Hilma af Klint: Abstraction, Spiritualism, Intention, 2016 (last presented in 2020, Ulrich Virtual, Ulrich Museum of Art)
Into the Woods and Up the Tower: Denis Before 1895 and the Iconography of Maurice Maeterlinck's Marionette Dramas, (2018, Midwest Art History Society Annual Conference, Indianapolis)
Dead and Young in the Water: The Lovesick Floating Martyr, the Fantasy of Feminine Dependency, and Bonnard's Bathtub Women, (2017, Graduate Presentations, University of Texas at Tyler)
Caravaggio Looks to Titian: The Musicians Revisited, (2015, Annual Art History Symposium, University of Texas at Tyler)