JoBeth Cox is a Wichita-based museum professional and artist, with diverse experience centered on collection management, exhibition design, and strategies for engagement, in academic and municipal arts and culture museums.
She recently curated Nebraska Rocks: A Mid-Century Music Scene (2019-2020), featuring the Nebraska Music Hall of Fame; Folk Art of Mexico: Selections from the Boeckman Collection of Mexican and Latin American Folk Art (2019-2020); 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. 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'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 designed permanent exhibits and cross-disciplinary exhibitions, increased visitorship and strengthened donor relations, wrote for grants, managed a capital campaign for gallery renovation, 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 the 2017 recipient of the East Texas Communities Foundation Arts Excellence Award.
Cox holds an MA in Art History from the University of Texas at Tyler, and a BA in Art History from UT Tyler with a minor in Studio Art. Cox's thesis research centers on 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's research interests include exhibition theory and practice, the Symbolist movement and early abstraction, feminist methodology, and contemporary identity politics.