Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Practicing what they teach

Andrew Howard’s photography

Andrew Howard’s photography, above, draws from the landscapes of New England, Ireland and the southwest United States.

Studio art professors exhibit work

Professors Claudia Fieo, Patricia Stone (front row, left to right) and Andy Howard, Kelly Goff and Patrick Johnson (back row, left to right) at the faculty art exhibition opening reception

Professors Claudia Fieo, Patricia Stone (front row, left to right) and Andy Howard, Kelly Goff and Patrick Johnson (back row, left to right) at the faculty art exhibition opening reception

In their studio art classes, professors push students not to just look at what they are drawing, painting, printing, photographing or filming, but also to truly see—the lines, the curves, the light, the negative and positive spaces, the feel of it all. That is the secret to capturing the subject matter.

Not only do they teach this each year as professors at Wheaton, but they also practice it as award-winning artists. Five of them were in the spotlight from August 26 through October 31 in an exhibition of their work in the Beard and Weil Galleries.

The exhibition, P3SF (referencing painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and film), featured work by professors Claudia Fieo (printmaking), Kelly Goff (sculpture), Andrew Howard (photography), Patrick Johnson (film), and Patricia Stone (painting and printmaking). All have exhibited their work nationally and some have work in public and private collections. [Read more...]

Economics professor receives honor

Associate Professor Russell WilliamsAssociate Professor Russell Williams has been named the first recipient of the Robert C. and Mary Priedeman Brown ’43 Chair in Urban Planning and Environment. In that role, he will explore the effects of economic development on the environment and the relationship between urban and rural communities.

The college’s newest endowed chair was established by Mary “Molly” Priedeman Brown ’43, who studied art and psychology at Wheaton. Brown, who lived to the age of 89, was described in her obituary as the “robust, colorful type of character western legends are made of.”

In her lifetime, she flew airplanes, co-founded an aircraft company, carved gunstocks, won skeet-shooting contests, rode horseback, worked on a ranch in Montana and “rolled her own cigarettes with one hand,” according to the memorial. [Read more...]

Congratulations, Class of 2014!

Make a good life, not just a good living, keynote speaker Johnnetta Cole urges

Johnetta Betsch Cole

Keynote speaker Johnnetta Cole, director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C.

Surrounded by the bright glow of joyful friends, family and the Wheaton community on a rainy Saturday in May, 391 seniors celebrated the culmination of their journeys here during the college’s 179th Commencement ceremony.

As they prepared to go out into the world, keynote speaker Johnnetta Cole, director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C., offered students valuable advice about living abundantly.

“Some of you will leave Wheaton and go to various post-baccalaureate institutions. Some of you have already secured a place in the workforce. And yes, because of the state of the economy in our country, some of you are still perhaps looking for a job,” said Cole, a scholar, author, and activist for social and economic justice. “Whatever is your situation, let it be your goal to not only make a good living but to live a good life.” [Read more...]

Going places

This spring, 15 Wheaties won prestigious national academic awards for graduate study and global experience, including two Thomas Watson Fellowships, a Beinecke Scholarship, a Projects for Peace grant and a French Government English Teaching Assistantship. Here are our nine Fulbright Scholars:  [Read more...]