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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:


Art & Wheat

Museum director Linda Duke led a Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) workshop at the EPSCoR Annual Wheat Symposium on May 30, 2019. Held at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, the symposium brought together the lead collaborators in a special research project. Funded by a $4 million dollar NSF grant, the project aims to boost crop yields and improve in-field management with the help of science and technology. The multidisciplinary, multi-institution research team is being led by Stephen Welch, professor of agronomy at K-State, in partnership with Phillip Alderman from OSU and Franklin Fondjo-Fotou of Langston University. Welch approached Duke about being a co-Principal Investigator on the venture and contributing VTS workshops to the grant’s Workforce Development activities, especially aimed at graduate students on the project. Her experience with using VTS in higher education settings is being tapped to help build participants’ skills in observation, evidence-based reasoning, and communication.

The VTS approach involves group discussions of carefully chosen images. Led by a facilitator, the group poses and considers varied theories and interpretations. This dialogue encourages brainstorming and team-building and produces valuable insights applicable to many fields. Symposium participants from all three universities had positive things to say about the experience. Visual Thinking Strategies will be an ongoing part of the NSF project as contributors strive to develop meaningful ways to communicate what they see and understand.