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Second Annual Giving Day a Great Success

The Beloit College community is generous and showed its heart and soul during its second annual Giving Day on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. In just 24 hours, the college raised over $65,000 from more than 450 supporters.

Not only did the gifts far surpass the original goal of $25,000, the event also raised $25,000 more than last year. Beloit is touched by the fantastic response received from supporters and is grateful to be backed by such a strong foundation of alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends. These gifts help make ‪#‎BeloitPossible for the next generation of Turtles, Bucs, and Beloiters.

The unconditional support, enthusiastically offered by our alumni, parents, and friends is a tribute to the character of our community, and the value that we all collectively recognize in the mission we seek to advance. We at Beloit are privileged to have a community so willing to invest in the future of our great institution, and our students. For this, we are grateful,” said Mark Wold’95, Senior Director of Alumni & Parent Relations and Annual Support.

Thank you to all who supported Beloit College’s second annual Giving Day. As College President Scott Bierman often says, it’s “turtles all the way down.”

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Museum Mondays: Creative use of collections by art faculty

September 30, 2013 at 7:37 am

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A museum exhibition is designed to bring people to objects, whether those people are children, students, scholars, or anyone in between. As teaching museums, both the Logan and the Wright champion the use of collections outside of exhibition—bringing objects to people through collections usage activities. Whether it’s in a classroom, a lab, or through your wireless connection, exploring objects in new ways provides learning alternatives in an interdisciplinary liberal arts education.

This semester, the faculty of the art department have been exploring innovative ways to utilize the collections of the Wright Museum. Visiting Assistant Professor David Boffa and the museum’s director and Assistant Professor of Art History Joy Beckman have both brought their classes into the museum lab for different yet equally successful activities.

Beckman’s assignment focused on the museum’s collection of Asian icons. Students were asked to analyze both style and iconography through close examination of the objects.

Boffa’s activity centered on developing the ability to accurately describe an object or work of art, with a twist. His students were paired up at a table with a partition between them. Each had an art object that the other could not see, and they had to describe the object to their partner who would attempt to draw it. This required a very close analysis of the object and very colorful description.      

In Boffa’s own words:

“The activity showed students just how difficult it is to describe visual and formal characteristics with language. In essence, talking and writing about art involves a translation from one medium to another, with all the associated problems of any translation. One student noted how normal descriptive terms—such as words to describe an action, like running—lost much of their meaning in the context of trying to accurately describe and recreate a work of painting or sculpture. My goal was to highlight the importance of these language choices when talking about writing about art, which in turn forces us to be more critical and analytic in our looking and seeing. I think in that respect the activity was a great success, and I look forward to seeing how students transfer the experience to their written formal analyses.”