September 23 – November 6, 2022, the Hansen Museum is proud to host the exhibition of Jerry and Cat Nibarger’s Collection of Bob Ross Memorabilia. Jerry, a Coca-Cola diesel mechanic and wife Cat, a stay-at-home mom and certified Bob Ross painting instructor, have graciously agreed to debut their personal collection of Ross artifacts at the Hansen Museum.
Interest in Bob Ross began when a friend showed Jerry a Ross original painting leaning against a wall in his spare bedroom. Viewing that painting sparked their interest and when another friend presented Jerry and Cat with the opportunity to purchase a Ross original painting, the fire was ignited. Unknowingly, owning a Bob Ross original painting—a beautiful seascape—was all the fuel needed to turn Jerry and Cat into full blown Bob Ross collectors. In the process of authenticating artifacts, the Nibargers encountered Dana Jester. Jester, one of the late Bob Ross’ closest friends and colleagues, became a wonderful resource and close friend. Through the years the Nibargers have widened the scope of their collection far beyond paintings. This exhibition includes all manner of artifacts and relics. We invite viewers to join us this fall in celebrating one of pop culture’s most celebrated artists at the Hansen Museum.
Jerry and Cat Nibarger pose with Sandy Seamone and Glenna and Dana Jester in front of Dana’s black and white painting of Bob Ross in the Hansen Museum gallery.