Works from the Permanent Collection are regularly exhibited in the Beard & Weil Galleries, usually in shows curated 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, engaging students from both of their fall courses in the project. Occasionally, collection objects are also used in exhibitions curated by the Gallery Director.

Taught biannually, ARTH 335: Exhibition Design attracts students from a wide range of majors and minors. The course culminates in a gallery exhibition comprised primarily of objects from the Permanent Collection and the Marion B. Gebbie Archives & Special Collections. The exhibition’s focus is chosen by the course instructors: Leah Niederstadt, Assistant Professor of Museum Studies & Curator of the Permanent Collection, and Zephorene Stickney Helmreich, College Historian & Special Collections Curator. Students, faculty, and staff then collaborate to bring the exhibition to fruition.

In 2009, the course resulted in the exhibition Making It Modern: Wheaton College and the International Style, which was featured in the Summer 2009 issue of the Wheaton Quarterly .

In 2010, Niederstadt, Stickney, and a new group of students collaborated on the exhibition Turning the Page: The Evolution of Artists’ Books

In Fall 2012, students enrolled in ARTH 335 curated 100 Years, 100 Objects. Starting with the 1912-1913 academic year and ending a century later, the exhibition used an artwork, document, or object from each year to commemorate the centennial of Wheaton Female Seminary becoming Wheaton College by exploring the stories behind the objects and their creators or donors.

The student-curated exhibition for Fall 2014 focused on the ways in which humans create and use fiber. Tracing the Thread opened on 19 November 2014 and was positively reviewed in Artscope magazine.

Students enrolled in ARTH 335 for Fall 2016 curated It’s Elemental: Water, an exhibition exploring the theme of water. This exhibition is the first in a planned series of four student-curated exhibitions focused on the classical elements: water; air; earth; and fire.

Photo by Jessica F. Kuszaj

100 Years, 100 Objects (poster)100 Years, 100 Objects

December 3, 2012​–February 15, 2013
Beard & Weil Galleries, Watson Fine Arts

The Art of Intellectual Community (mailer-front)

The Art of Intellectual Community: Early Modern Objects and Pedagogy
November 11-December 9, 2011.
Beard and Weil Galleries, Watson Fine Arts.

 

Turning the Page (postcard mailer-front)Turning the Page: The Evolution of Artists’ Books
December 5, 2010-April 8, 2011.
Beard and Weil Galleries, Watson Fine Arts.

 

Friends of Art card frontA Decade of Student Artists
September 8-November 19, 2010.
Beard and Weil Galleries, Watson Fine Arts.

 

Little Blue Oval (Alexander Calder)Collection/Reflection: A History of Wheaton’s Permanent Collection
March 7-April 16, 2010.
Beard Gallery, Watson Fine Arts.

 

Abstract, Representational and Hybrid (postcard mailer, front)Abstract, Representational and Hybrid
November 1-December 8, 2007.
Beard and Weil Galleries, Watson Fine Arts.

 

Frederick Lynch, Untitled abstraction, watercolor, ink, pencil on paper, 15.167 x 11.25 in., Gift of Madeline Hunter Farnsworth '37A Tribute to Madeline Hunter Farnsworth, Class of 1937
February 1-28, 2007.
Beard and Weil Galleries, Watson Fine Arts.

 

Homer Winslow, Fireworks on the Night of the Fourth of July (Illustration produced for Harper's Weekly)Faces: Selected Prints from the Wheaton College Collection
September 8-October 6, 2005.
Beard and Weil Galleries, Watson Fine Arts.

 

Evening at the Landing (75.080)The Realist Impulse: Painting and Sculpture from the Permanent Collection 1830-1940
March 2-April 9, 2005.
Beard and Weil Galleries, Watson Fine Arts.