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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.

¡El Graficomobile está en Manhattan, Kansas!

The Graficomovil is in Manhattan, Kansas, have you been to check it out in the museum parking lot and make your own print October 3-9, 2017:

Oct. 3-6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Beach Museum of Art.
Oct. 7, noon-4 p.m., Art in Motion, a free celebration of art, Beach Museum of Art #ArtInMotion
Oct. 8, 1-4 p.m., Oct. 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Manhattan Public Library

Graficomovil is a mobile printmaking studio/gallery created by artist Artemio Rodríguez, who is one of the two artists featured in the exhibition Fronteras/Frontiers.

We would love to see your prints and pictures on our Facebook page. Like and follow the Beach Museum of Art to stay up to date on everything happening at the Beach!

Enrico Isamu Oyama: Guest Blogger

I first met Aileen when she visited my project Aeromural at the Clocktower Gallery in 2013 with our friend and his baby.

The curator Aileen June Wang and I first met in New York in 2013 when she came to see my project Aeromural at Clocktower Gallery in New York City’s TriBeCa district. Since then, we have become really good friends. We had many  conversations about doing a project together. The first idea she raised was a two-person show with Japanese American visual artist Alex Kukai Shinohara. I was excited. She tried to find a venue for the show but it was not easy.

Then, Aileen was invited by a gallerist to propose a mural for a car wash with a large wall at the corner of West 24th Street and 10th Avenue in Chelsea, New York City’s gallery district. She and I worked on a proposal with a mock-up of the mural for the owner, but this didn’t happen neither.

The car wash building in the gallery district of New York City, for which we proposed a mural in 2014.

Aileen was invited by the NARS Foundation in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, to curate a group show that would have included my works, but soon after, she was offered the job as associate curator at the Beach Museum of Art. I remember the moment when she told me about her new job. We were having lunch together near the Museum of Modern Art. I was excited for her new journey.

Aileen’s farewell party in 2015 at the Brooklyn Museum’s Art Off the Wall event, arranged by Sharon Matt Atkins, Director of Curatorial Affairs (fifth from the left). Other participants from left to right: New York artist Babs Reingold; New York artist Margaret Murphy; Curator Midori Yoshimoto, who introduced Aileen to me; my wife Shihori and I.

From August to October of 2015, I did a residency program at Chelsea College of Arts in London. Right after I returned to New York in November, I got an email from Aileen when I was in Strand Book Store near Union Square to find some nice second-hand books on New York Writing Culture. I noticed right away that this message is about something special. Aileen was talking about a possibility of my solo show at the Beach Museum of Art. Somehow, I had a good feeling that this time it was going to happen. After a while, she confirmed that the show was officially on the museum’s calendar.

Our productive conversation and a few trials of doing a project together over the past few years resulted in something really exciting. I deeply thank Aileen for giving such an amazing opportunity to a young artist like me and everyone at the Beach Museum for their effort and labor to make this exhibition happen.

The sound installation piece Aeromural, which was the opportunity for me to meet Aileen four years ago, will be on display at the Mark A. Chapman Gallery, Willard Hall, Kansas State University as a part of my exhibition “Ubiquitous: Enrico Isamu Ōyama.” I hope everyone who visits the show can enjoy it more from knowing this little back story.

Oyama’s exhibition Ubiquitous: Enrico Isamu Oyama is on display in the Hyle Family Gallery at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art from August 15 – December 23, 2017.