Annually, the Kansas State Book Network (KSBN) chooses a book which is given to all incoming students. The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore was selected as the K-State Common Book for the 2015-16 academic year. With assistance from the KSBN selection committee, two works of art that mirror the themes found in the book have been selected as the Common Works of Art. Mitosis (2000), an earthenware piece by former K-State student Jarod Morris and a 2001 untitled painting by Tom Kretz will be on display through July 2016. The 2015 academic year marks the third year the Beach Museum of Art has highlighted pieces from the museum’s permanent in conjunction with the KSBN Common Book.
In the 2015 academic year the Kansas State Book Network (KSBN) will carry on the tradition of the K-State Common Book. The upcoming school year, all incoming students will receive a copy of The Other Wes Moore. For the third annual year the museum is planning a Common Work of Art that mirrors the themes found in the K-State Common Book.
The staff of the museum have been busy picking out pieces from the museum’s permanent collection of over 8000 pieces. The KSBN selection committee even stopped in to help us make the decision of what should be the 2015 Common Work of Art.
The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art furthers the teaching, research, and service missions of Kansas State University by collecting, studying, caring for, and presenting the visual art of Kansas and the region.