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Beach Museum of Art Closure Information

Greetings to you, wherever you may be self-isolating!
The Beach Museum of Art is closed indefinitely in line with K-State policies. In-person events & programs at the museum are cancelled until further notice. However, we are striving to provide you with art experiences through museum’s collection. Below are links to online art interactives we’ve already developed for adults, children & families. We hope to add more soon.

Our current exhibition “Voices of the West will be available to view online soon. It includes many never-before-displayed works from the collection, some by regional Native American artists.

Museum’s newest tool “Thinking about Pictures” (TAP) offers images of artworks in the current exhibition “Inspirations: Art for Storytelling.” Choose an image & then challenge yourself to type in your observations & interpretations. Return often to respond to other images. This can be an intergenerational activity. If a young person cannot yet type in responses, an older child or adult can serve as the scribe. Start exploring TAP here.

Explore the museum’s art collection of nearly 10,000 objects for your research or enjoyment with Verandah, the collection search tool. Details here.

The museum’s YouTube channel features videos of art, artists, & special programs. Enjoy the videos here.

The museum has several Educational Resources for schools, early childhood programs, social service organizations, & home school groups. Find details here.

Keep checking our social media page for series of fun interactive posts using art from our collection. Everyone is invited to participate & share!
Twitter: @BeachMuseum

I hope you enjoy visiting the museum virtually & often!

Best wishes for your health & safety,
Director Linda Duke & the Entire Staff of the Beach Museum of Art

We are excited about our new publications!

The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art has two new publications.

Ubiquitous: Enrico Isamu Ōyama documents Japanese Italian artist Enrico Isamu Ōyama’s first museum exhibition in the U.S. and related residency at the Beach Museum of Art. With texts in both English and Japanese, the book analyzes Ōyama’s innovative development of Quick Turn Structure (QTS) as an abstract visual language expressing the energy and aesthetic of the metropolis, to which city dwellers from different countries and cultures can relate. The volume also outlines the ways in which the project engaged with different community groups and produced site-specific art through collaboration, including the first outdoor contemporary art mural in Manhattan, Kansas. 140 pages with color illustrations.

John Steuart Curry: The Cowboy Within is the exhibition catalogue for the museum’s current exhibition exploring Regionalist John Steuart Curry’s depictions of the American West. The West—as a romantic environment of the past and a real locale for exploration and respite—played an important role in shaping the Kansas native and his art. This 80-page volume includes an essay by Curator Elizabeth Seaton and exhibition collaborator Frank N. Owings Jr., as well as an introduction by William H. Truettner, Smithsonian American Art Museum emeritus curator and author of The West as America: Reinterpreting Images of the Frontier (1991).

Copies of both catalogues are available for $25 in the museum’s gift shop on the first floor of the museum. Find more details of the books:


Beach Museum of Art Educators present on Visual Thinking Strategies

The Beach Museum of Art Education Department shared their work at multiple conferences this fall. Associate Curator of Education Kathrine Walker Schlageck presented a paper entitled “The Benefits of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) for Special Audiences” at the International Visual Literacy Association Conference in Lueven, Belgium on October 18th. The talk covered the museum’s work with children on the Autism Spectrum, memory support, and English language learners and the use of VTS for facilitating discussions about difficult issues.

Schlageck and Education Specialist Kim Richards presented “The Art of Sustainability,” at the Kansas Museums Association’s 50th Annual Meeting in Lindsborg, Kansas on November 8, highlighting several exhibitions and programs that address environmental issues and sustainable practices.

In addition, Schlageck and Richards spent two days in October training docents from Wichita Art Museum and the Ulrich Museum at Wichita State University in Visual Thinking Strategies.

Visual Thinking Strategies is an open-ended facilitated discussion using works of art to develop evidence based reasoning, critical thinking, and communication skills.