Beard and Weil Galleries

Fall 2022 Exhibitions


What Only You Can Make:

The Art of the African Wrap Doll

from the National Black Doll Museum of History and Culture

September 15–November 5, 2022

Beard and Weil Galleries are thrilled to partner with the National Black Doll Museum of History and Culture to present What Only You Can Make: The Art Of The African Wrap Doll.

The National Black Doll Museum is based in Mansfield and is the country’s largest collection dedicated to the art, craft, history, and preservation of Black Dolls. The exhibition includes selections from the Museum’s collection of handmade African Wrap Dolls; the history and family lore that connect the Museum’s doll making to the past; the process and the materials used for making the dolls; and connections between the African Wrap doll and African and African American hair and clothing styles.


Talk on the National Black Doll Museum and the Turner Sisters
Thursday, 10/13 @ 5pm, Ellison Lecture Hall

African Wrap Doll Making Workshop
Saturday, 10/15 @ 10am-12pm, Beard and Weil Galleries

Artist Talk with Shaquora R’Bey
Thursday, 10/20 @ 5pm, Ellison Lecture Hall

African Wrap Doll Making Workshop
Thursday, 10/27 @ 5-7pm, Beard and Weil Galleries

For more information, visit the Beard and Weil Galleries site,


Gallery Hours

1:00–5:00 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
1:00–8:00 p.m., Thursday
The galleries are closed Sunday, Monday, and during college breaks.


About the Galleries

Through direct engagement with art, the Beard and Weil Galleries aim to foster a greater understanding of our shared world.

The Beard and Weil Galleries are a generative space for art and visual culture that develop knowledge and understanding across disciplines through public exhibitions and programs. The galleries are a hub of innovative research, creativity, and experiential learning that involves and engages the entire Wheaton community as well as the visiting public.

The Beard and Weil Galleries are a vital part of Wheaton’s creative and intellectual life. Our dynamic programming features work by contemporary artists and innovative exhibitions drawn from Wheaton’s Permanent Collections and Archives.

The Galleries’ educational mission encompasses all forms of creative expression in an effort to forge meaningful connections between objects and their histories, student and faculty creative work, art historical research, and critical thinking. The crucial role the visual arts play in a liberal arts education is central to the design and focus of our exhibitions.

Student-curated exhibitions are designed to give hands-on experience in the conception, design, and educational interpretation of exhibitions. Student creative work is featured annually in a Senior Visual Art Major exhibition.

Our exhibitions have been accompanied by a rich series of publications, written and designed by Wheaton students, staff, and faculty.

For more information

Elizabeth Hoy, Director, Beard and Weil Galleries

Jessica F. Kuszaj, Associate Director, Arts Events and Publicity

Arts information line: 508-286-3300

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