January 14, 2020

Beckman, Meister to Lead Teaching Museums

In October, Beloit’s Provost Eric Boynton announced that Joy Beckman and Nicolette Meister would each direct one of the college’s two teaching museums.

The college had considered consolidating the museums’ management under one director, but after additional deliberation concluded that the roles should remain separate. Beckman will continue at the helm of the Wright Museum of Art and Meister is leading the Logan Museum of Anthropology. Both women have strong tenures at the college. 


Nicolette Meister, Director of the Logan Museum of Anthropology. Nicolette Meister, Director of the Logan Museum of Anthropology. Credit: Megan O'LearyMeister served as the Logan’s curator of collections for nearly two decades, and with this promotion, is now the James E. Lockwood Jr. Director of the Logan Museum of Anthropology. She succeeds Bill Green, who retired in December 2018 after 17 years with the college. Meister will continue to serve as faculty director of Beloit’s Center for Collections Care, which provides hands-on learning and practice for museum, library, archive, and conservation professionals in the summer.

Joy Beckman, Director of the Wright Museum of Art. Joy Beckman, Director of the Wright Museum of Art. Credit: Greg AndersonBeckman has directed the Wright Museum for nearly 13 years, a period that includes many improvements in programming and facilities. Among them is the George S. Parker Exhibition Fund, which supports faculty members who utilize the Wright’s collection in their teaching, and the addition of the climate-controlled Hollensteiner Gallery, an exhibit space for the Wright’s permanent collection, made possible through the generosity of Wanda Peterson Hollensteiner’54 and the Hollensteiner family.

Also In This Issue

  • The city of South Beloit’s first public sculpture.

    Class Project Turns into Public Sculpture

  • Cecil Youngblood, Dean of Students.

    Youngblood Named Dean of Students

  • Fairbanks foundry workers, circa 1925. The Beloit company manufactured engines and other products and recruited African-American workers from the South.

    Hank Woodard, Great Migration, and Student Protests

  • The situation on the ground in Puna—namely deadly lava flows— shifted Melissa Schelling’s plans for a fall photography exhibit.

    Kilauea in the Year of the Dog


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