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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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Spaces: the Beloit Fine Arts Incubator

December 3, 2012 at 11:38 pm

By Kate Atkinson’15

A building once home to the likes of Bell Telephone Company (you can still see the carved stone bell above the door) and an Elks Club is now an incubator for artistic endeavors.

BFAI exterior 

Located across from the Hendricks Center at 520 East Grand Ave., the Beloit Fine Arts Incubator is a 501c3 non-profit organization that supports emerging local artists by offering gallery and studio space for an affordable price.  The goal of the Incubator is to give artists a place to create, exhibit, and sell their art, and to connect with the local artist community. BFAI is run and staffed entirely by volunteers and has been at its current location for more than a decade. Though they don’t pay rent on the space, which is owned by the Beloit Economic Development Corp, they still have to fundraise to pay for utilities and upkeep.

BFAI gallery window 

President of the BFAI Jerry Sveum calls the Incubator “a gem for our community.” As he walks around the well-lit gallery, pointing out paintings and giving background on the artists who created them, it is very apparent that the BFAI supports a close-knit yet diverse community of artists. The current exhibit showcases the art of 21 artists who were involved in the creation of the Incubator and includes watercolor, oil painting, pastels, ceramics, photography, and more.

BFAI pottery 

But there is more to the BFAI then the gallery. The basement of the building houses a ceramics studio, complete with four wheels and five kilns. A table outside of the studio displays beautiful ceramic fish and other wares created by local artist Susan Swedlund. The space is also shared by the Beloit Ceramics Club. The second floor consists of a large, high-ceilinged room partitioned into studios and office space, a kitchen, and a classroom. Studio space can be rented for as little as $100 a month, and the BFAI has offered classes here in watercolor, photography, and ceramics.

BFAI gallery 

Jerry is enthusiastic about collaborating more with the college and inviting students to take advantage of the resources BFAI has to offer. “If you’re interested in art, this is a great place to see it. We’d love to have more students involved.”

BFAI interior 

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is a gallery opening on the first Friday of every month which includes complimentary refreshments. The next gallery opening falls on Friday (Dec. 7) from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. as part of Beloit’s Holidazzle celebration. The featured exhibit will be art by Paul Pinzarrone, a local artist who creates computer-generated art.