Though the Beach Museum of Art is temporarily closed due to the pandemic, we invite you to visit “Inside Out.”
Enjoy this outdoor walking tour of art in lighted window displays around the museum building. As you walk, don’t miss the signs offering information about the artworks on display. The views are especially striking at twilight; bring binoculars to zoom in on details. Please let us know what you think and don’t forget to tag the museum if you share your photos of the artful installations!
Photos by Kansas State University, Communications and Marketing.
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!
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
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: