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Collecting Asia
September 22 – December 17, 2006

This exhibition will feature Asian treasures from the Logan Museum of Anthropology and the Wright Museum of Art. Years of collecting has brought a wealth of Asian artifacts to the two museums and this exhibit will focus on the significance of the collections and how they are used to promote experiential, interdisciplinary and international education at Beloit College.

Network: Images of Chinese Peasant Art from Jinshan and Huxian
September 7 – December 17, 2006

This exhibition features peasant paintings and woodcuts from the two most important schools of Chinese peasant artists, Jinshan near Shanghai and Huxian outside of Xi'an. Almost all Jinshan and Huxian artists are, or were, actual peasants, tilling the fields for their living and many still live in extremely simple conditions. Most began to paint at an advanced age. Visitors will be delighted by this unfamiliar and powerful artistic tradition.

Opening reception in the Courtyard Gallery, 4pm September 7, 2006

Tibet: Magical Lands of Spiritual Wonders
September 12– October 8, 2006

This exhibition features twenty-one stunning color images taken by some of the world's foremost photographic artists. Tibet is a land of tremendous natural beauty. Popularly referred to by travel writers as "The Rooftop of the World," it is encircled on all sides by the highest mountains on earth, from Everest on its southern border to the Kunlung on the north. Many of Asia's greatest rivers flow down from its glacial ice fields. At the altitude, colors emerge with a vibrancy and presence unknown in lower climes, providing a most extraordinary stage for the photographer's lens.

August – September 10, 2006

Curator Zhang Zhaohui's exhibition introduces us to a generation of self-assured and globally conscious Chinese artists who have grown up in the midst of remarkable social transitions and a drastic transformation of their country's urban environment. In this exhibition, the artists confront these changes through photography and video art work.

"After nearly three decades of development, Chinese contemporary art has reached a new stage at the dawn of the 21st century. Recent Chinese art is winning international recognition and gifted artists are emerging in a steady stream. They are making work in a country that now, because of its rapid and extensive economic development, is at the center of the global gaze. China's attitude towards its past – historical, spiritual, and material – is also under construction, and the tension between past and present suffuses the work of the artists whose work is included in Ruins." ~Zhang Zhaohui.

Gallery talk - September 6th, 4 p.m. starting in the Courtyard Gallery
William Anderson, Lecturer for the Department of Visual Art at Peck School of the Arts,
UW-Milwaukee spent seven weeks in China this summer. He knows many of the artists featured in the Ruins exhibition and will talk about the work of these cutting edge Chinese artists.

Object Conversations
March 1, 2006 - April 2, 2006

Object conversations features art and artifacts from different countries and different time periods. Each contains a history and has stories to share. These stories are the links that tie these pieces together and prompt the conversational theme around the exhibit.

Students from the Introduction to Collections Management class studied and researched these objects from the Wright Museum of Art and the Logan Museum of Anthropology. Each student was individually matched with an object and they dug deep into records, files, published research, and personal correspondence, and conducted interviews to uncover each artifact's history and story.

As their research unfolded, another first was taking place in the Museum Studies program. Introduction to Collections Management, taught by Nicolette Meister, and Exhibition Design and Development, taught by Judy Newland, combined their efforts to develop this exhibition. Students in the exhibit class developed a design that would showcase the objects. They also conducted visitor research, painted, chose images, edited and mounted labels, and installed the objects. In addition, Fran Abbate's creative writing class wrote poems about the objects. This collaboration brings an interdisciplinary theme to exhibition development.

Textile Constructions: The Art of Judith James
January 27, 2006 - March 12, 2006

[Judith James]Judith James uses stitched resist dyeing techiques to create a body of work intended to evoke incidental earth maps and to reference place and how human beings become intimate with the places they occupy. The dyeing techniques are fairly unpredictable in their results and tend to produce soft, slightly out-of-focus and luminous effects that suggest the waning light of late afternoon that lowers visibility and softens the landscape.

"I've built on centuries-old Japanese shibori processes, as well as African resit dyeing methods used to create adire and other cloths, to develop my surfaces, and have experimented with different ways of folding and stitching the fabric in response to what's happened in the dscharge baths. I've been able to duplicate some effects; others are unique and one-of-a-kind..."

4 - 6 pm Wright Museum Courtyard Gallery
Meet Judith and Michael James

Infrastructure #2 by Brad Killam
February 3, 2006 - April 2, 2006

View the installation created by Brad Killam, professor at the College of DuPage.

49th Beloit and Vicinity Exhibition
February 3, 2006 - March 31, 2006

The Beloit and Vicinity Exhibition is the oldest juried art exhibition in the state of Wisconsin and features outstanding art from regional artists. It is open to all artists residing in Wisconsin and neighboring states. Original works executed by the artist are eligible. The exhibition is organized and run by a team of Beloit College students. This year the team consists of Zia Brucaya, Craig Hadley, Lindsae Long and Kara Pallin.

The Beloit and Vicinity Exhibition is sponsored by the Wright Museum of Art and the Art League of Beloit and supported by additional contributions from the community.

Jurors for the 2006 exhibition are Randall Berndt, Co-director at the Wisconsin Academy's James Watrous Gallery, Overture Center, Madison and Susan Kriofsky, Co-founder of Hotcakes Gallery in Milwaukee.