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Author: Kelsey Longpine

Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art receives Reaccreditation by AAM

MANHATTAN — The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University is being recognized for continued excellence.

The American Alliance of Museums, the premiere museum professional organization in the country, has reaccredited the university’s art museum following a review process that included an extensive self-study by museum staff and a site visit by an accreditation team.

“Reaccreditation means the Beach Museum of Art continues to meet national standards and best practices for the nation’s museums,” said Burt Logan, chair of the American Alliance of Museum’s Accreditation Commission and director and CEO of the Ohio History Connection, in a congratulatory letter to Linda Duke, Beach Museum of Art director.

“It also shows the Beach Museum of Art remains a member of a community of institutions that have chosen to hold themselves publicly accountable to excellence,” Logan said.

“I’d like to thank university administration and most especially, our hard-working and talented museum staff, Friends and Advisory Council members, and Board of Visitors for helping the museum retain this important status,” Duke said.

Logan also noted in his letter that through a rigorous process of self-assessment and review by its peers, the Beach Museum of Art has shown itself to be a good steward of its resources held in public trust and is committed to a philosophy of continual institutional growth.

“The Beach exemplifies the role of museum as connector, sharing its knowledge with its university community and using technology to fulfill its obligation to serve Kansas audiences,” Logan said. “We also note that the education staff’s calculated experimentation and proactive approach to program development steeped in current cutting-edge research is exemplary.”

While the Beach Museum of Art’s reaccreditation is assured, Duke said the site visit report did list one important concern: the need to ensure additional funding for the museum. Current levels of donations and endowment income have limited the museum’s budget and necessitated reduced operating hours.

But Duke said the site report also praised campus leadership for the value it places on the Beach Museum of Art and its mission to further the teaching, research and service functions of the university through its programming and educational outreach efforts. One such example is the introduction of Visual Thinking Strategies to the campus and community. This educational methodology is based on looking at works of art to help develop cognitive, communication, observation and social skills.

From the site review report, reviewers wrote: “In many ways, K-State President Richard Myers encapsulated the power of the museum’s educational outreach with his observation that the museum plays a key role in helping students and other audience members to think about the nature of communication through close, directed attention to works of art but, even more powerfully, to think about the very question of what one might want to communicate. Reflecting on the museum’s sensitivity to matters of diversity, community and inclusion, President Myers noted that the museum helps its audience to consider how we see ourselves and who we want to be.”

Site review report authors included Mark Chepp, executive director of the Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center, Portsmouth, Ohio, and Anne Collins Goodyear, co-director, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine.

The Beach Museum of Art serves as home to the university’s art collection, which now includes more than 10,000 objects. Its exhibitions and programs connect regional art, culture, and interests with the larger world.

The museum’s next self-study for reaccreditation will be due Nov. 1, 2026.

2017 Fall exhibitions only have weeks left…

“Deeper” and “broader” are words that come to mind when I think about Fall 2017 exhibitions and programs at the museum. They represent connections with K-State departments and Kansas communities that are deeper and broader than ever before.  From the residency activities of Ubiquitous artist Enrico Isamu Ōyama, to the youth and school programs in conjunction with Sayaka Ganz’s Reclaimed Creations, to the glimpse of our regional past in Thrift Styles, to the  Fronteras/Frontiers  exhibition’s ambitious community outreach – these artistic projects will touch many lives!

I hope you will visit the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art often during this busy fall to encounter the interesting sights created and ideas proposed by these exhibitions and related programs.  The museum aims to serve as a window to the world and to offer an invitation to think anew about this place, the Flint Hills and tall grass prairie of Kansas. We hope you agree that we are fulfilling our mission. Please join us in these adventures! And please note the listings of generous donors who make this work possible. They deserve our hearty and sincere thanks.

Linda Duke, Director

The Beach Museum of Art office and galleries will be closed November 23-25, 2017 and December 24, 2017 through January 1, 2018.

Sayaka Ganz: Reclaimed Creations

September 5 – December 9, 2017

In her sculpture, Sayaka Ganz uses reclaimed plastic objects such as discarded utensils as a painter uses brush strokes. She describes her style as “3D impressionism”: The recycled objects appear unified at a distance, but at close proximity, individual objects are discernable. Sculptures in this exhibition include animals in motion that are rich in color and energy. Ganz was born in Yokohama, Japan, and grew up living in Japan, Brazil, and Hong Kong. She holds a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. The Tour of “Sayaka Ganz: Reclaimed Creations” is produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C., David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director.

Ubiquitous: Enrico Isamu Oyama

August 15 – December 23, 2017 

Enrico Isamu Ōyama represents a contemporary generation with a distinctly global perspective. Child of an Italian father and a Japanese mother, Ōyama grew up in Tokyo, Japan, lived for extended periods in North Italy, and has been working in New York since 2011. “Ubiquitous” surveys how Ōyama channeled his interests in Tokyo and American street cultures, Western abstract art, and Japanese calligraphy to create Quick Turn Structure (QTS), his signature expression. Appearing across a wide range of creative platforms, including painting, digital media, sound, and fashion, QTS gives visual form to the mixed-race, multicultural, transnational experiences of people in today’s world of fluid borders and interconnectivity.

Thrift Style

August 1 – December 16, 2017

The reuse of feed, flour, and sugar sacks in clothing and other household objects became popular during the mid-1920s. Businesses capitalized on interest by introducing bags with increasingly varied printed patterns. The sacks and other fabric scraps from manufacturers continued to serve thrifty home sewers during the Great Depression and into the 1960s. A collectors market for the bags and fabric remnants thrives today. This exhibition will explore the recycling of fabrics in clothing and quilts drawn from the collection of the Historic Costume and Textile Museum of Kansas State University. Varied feed bags from a 2016 gift to that museum will highlight the range of print motifs available to twentieth-century home sewers.