Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Young at art

As a child, Morgan Bakerman ’13 hated going to museums and galleries. “They seemed dry and dull. For many children, the first museum experience is less than ideal,” she says.

“Often, museums are places you are made to go to by your parents or your school…. In retrospect, I think that if I had received a tour from a college student, not an adult, I probably would have enjoyed it more. So much depends on who introduces you to the experience.”

Morgan Bakerman ’13Last summer, Bakerman was that college student, holding in her hands the beginning experiences of many young museum-goers. The art history and Hispanic studies double major worked in New York as an intern at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Nicholas Rawitsch '13On the West Coast, art history and English double major Nicholas Rawitsch ’13 was engaged in a similar effort. He interned at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa, a museum and education center dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria.

Both students helped captivate young museum-goers, as well as put into practice their own Wheaton coursework. They also got to explore their interests in perhaps working at a cultural institution someday.

Bakerman’s internship in the museum’s education department was twofold. She served as a tour guide for camp groups coming into the museum from all around New York City and from around the world. She also was a teaching assistant in two different studio art classes for children and helped with event-related projects.

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Professor collaborating on NASA research

Professor Matthew Evans with his class.

Professor Matthew Evans with his class.

As a geochemist, Matthew Evans has traveled from the lowlands of North America to the very top of the world in the Himalayas to better understand how water and rocks interact. But it is his latest work, bringing small pieces of Antarctica to campus, that perhaps sheds the most compelling light on how our planet is currently changing.

Evans, assistant professor of chemistry and geology, is conducting research that is part of a three-year project that recently received $707,112 in funding from NASA. The grant is being divided among three institutions where scientists are collaborating on the project. Wheaton’s portion of the grant award is $96,904.

The project is an interdisciplinary study of the connections between recent ice sheet melt, sea ice decline and enhanced ocean biological productivity along the Amundsen Coast of West Antarctica. Evans is collaborating with scientists at NASA, Clark University and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The grant provides funding for students from all three institutions to participate in the research, and the results from the project will also be incorporated into undergraduate and graduate coursework.

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Faculty Exhibition: Recent Work

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Show and tell

Wheaton’s studio art professors showcased their recent art and film creations in an exhibition from September 8 through November 19, 2010, in the Beard and Weil Galleries. Here is a sampling of their work and artist statements.

Tim Cunard, professor of art

Henge #1“Picasso’s constructions and collage works along with [Marcel] Duchamp’s invention, the readymade, opened the artistic floodgates for me as a young artist. For my entire career, I have used scrap materials and found objects to make my sculptures. The points of departure for some of the [Read more...]