Works from the Permanent Collection are regularly exhibited in the Beard & Weil Galleries in shows curated by the Gallery Director and, occasionally, by students and faculty. For example, in 2011, Professors Touba Ghadessi and Gen Liang collaborated to curate the exhibition The Art of Intellectual Community: Early Modern Objects and Pedagogy, and they engaged students from both of their fall courses in the project.
A course in exhibition design is taught bi-annually culminating in a gallery exhibition comprised primarily of objects from the Permanent Collection and/or the Marion B. Gebbie Archives and Special Collections. The exhibition's focus is chosen by faculty, who then work throughout the semester with students and staff to bring the exhibition to fruition. In 2009, the class curated the exhibition Making It Modern: Wheaton College and the International Style, in which Leah Niederstadt and her students partnered with College Archivist Zeph Stickney to curate a show that included objects from the collection and the archives. In 2010, Niederstadt, Stickney, and a new group of students collaborated on the exhibition Turning the Page: The Evolution of Artists' Books. This fall, students enrolled in ARTH 335 Exhibition Design will mount a show entitled 100 Years, 100 Objects. Utilizing an artwork, document, or object from each year, starting with the 1912-1913 academic year and ending in 2012, the show will commemorate the centennial of Wheaton Female Seminary becoming Wheaton College through an exploration of the stories behind the objects and their creators or donors.