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Annual Wanda Hollensteiner Conservation Lecture Series

This annual series brings a prominent academic to the Wright Museum of Art each year to deliver a lecture on a recently conserved artwork from the museum's permanent collection.  Wanda Hollensteiner '54 also provided a gift to renovate the museum's main gallery and she has established an endowed conservation fund for the cleaning and restoration of artworks.


This Year's Conservation Piece: Landscape by J. Francis Murphy (1853-1921)

Landscape J. Francis Murphy (1853-1921) 

2015 Lecture:

  •  February 5, 2015, 7:00pm,  Landscape by tonalist Francis Murphy. Guest speaker Professor Katherine E. Manthorne, CUNY, New York.

       The lecture will be preceded by a reception at 6:30 pm in the Courtyard Gallery.


Rembrandt before and after 

Past Lectures:

  • February 12, 2014, In Search of the Spiritual: The Paintings of Alexander Helwig Wyant, a lecture by Adrienne Bell, Associate Professor, Marymount Manhattan College.
  • February 6, 2013, The Art of Henrik Martin Mayer: A Perspective of his Times, by Francis Puig, Independent Scholar
  • February 8, 2012, "Toulouse-Lautrec: Modernist as Populist" by Stephen Eisenman, Professor of Art History, Northwestern University. 
  • February 9, 2011, "Rembrandt: Past and Present" by Dennis Weller, Curator of Northern European Art, North Carolina Museum of Art.  
  • February 4, 2010, “Albrecht Dürer’s St. Jerome as Vanishing Point of the Renaissance” by David Hotchkiss Price, Professor of Religious Studies, History, and Medieval Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Victor E. Ferrall Artists-in-Residence Program

Named for Beloit's ninth president, the annual Ferrall Artists-in-Residence Program brings artists to campus to work with students in art and music. The program began in the 1997-98 academic year with the residency of artist Jeanne Silverthorne.

Ferrall Artists-in-Residence at the Wright Museum:

  • 1998, Jeanne Silverthorne
  • Spring 2007, Leighton Pierce
  • Fall 2007, Marie Watt


Museum Studies

As a teaching museum, the Wright Museum provides many opportunities for Beloit College undergraduates to learn and work in a professional environment. Students are involved in every facet of the complex operations, including researching collections, planning and implementing exhibits, and educational programming.

Students may elect to complete a minor in Museum Studies to supplement their major concentration in any other department of instruction. Class work is combined with hands-on experience at the Wright Museum of Art or Logan Museum of Anthropology. Through the Museum Studies program, students are given an opportunity to build both a theoretical and experiential basis, leading to a variety of museum related careers and a solid background for graduate training programs.