Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Permanent Collection–by the numbers

  • 4,500* items in the Permanent Collection:  Not including coins, postcards and stamps, which number in the hundreds (coins and postcards) and thousands (stamps).
  • 2500–1100 BCE age of oldest item: a Cycladic figure, .
  • 214 paintings
  • 100 objects were exhibited in student-curated mini-exhibitions
  • 175* objects used for class or student teaching/research in the fall 2011 semester
  • 58 sculptures
  • 42 objects were exhibited in the exhibition “The Art of Intellectual Community: Early Modern Objects and Pedagogy.”
  • 66 objects in the Kilham basket collection
  • 54 candlesticks
  • 8 to 12 students who help take care of the collection each semester
  • 3 works by Rembrandt
  • 3 works by Picasso

*approximate number

Professor acts up with alums

Sleeping Weazel

Amanda Weir ’04, Jessica Foster ’05 and Adara Meyers ’08 (standing left to right) with Professor Charlotte Meehan on opening night.

“Dress for mischief. Hats encouraged.”

With a party invitation like that, the unexpected would be expected and appropriate, considering that the party was for the January 11 launch of Professor Charlotte Meehan’s Boston multimedia theater company, Sleeping Weazel.

Opening night featured postmodern 1920s Paris fashions; selections from a play; cabaret singing; and Professor Stephanie Burlington Daniels, in a Victorian costume, playing Frankenstein author Mary Shelley lecturing to imaginary brides-to-be.

Sleeping Weazel is all about artistic surprises and pushing the boundaries of traditional theater, which is classic Meehan. This year, the company will be showcasing a mix of performance styles and genres that often blur the line between art forms, including a puppet performance piece. (The theater’s name is inherited from a multimedia company that her late filmmaker husband originally started in 1998.)

“In today’s economy, with so many theaters closing, we as artists need to find a way to invent our own possibilities for creating and presenting our work,” said Meehan, who started this Sleeping Weazel with three Wheaton alums. “I wanted to have a company that reflects the widest possible range of what I consider theater, to stretch the confines of the physical stage by presenting visual art in a theatrical context, and to create opportunities for artists to gather, collaborate and engage with new audiences who want to be surprised.”

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Coloring outside the lines

Michele L’Heureux ’88, Gallery Director, Art and Art HistoryA studio art major at Wheaton, Michele L’Heureux ’88 has taken a very creative route to a full-time career in art.

She has worked as a carpenter, environmental educator, grant writer, recruiter, marketing manager, copywriter, alumnae/i relations associate and graphic designer. Coming full circle back to Wheaton, she now is the new director of the Beard and Weil Galleries.

She is responsible for planning and executing four to eight exhibitions each academic year. This includes generating ideas and themes for exhibitions, researching artists, conducting studio visits, selecting artists and works for exhibition, collaborating with faculty and students, and handling all the logistics related to installing an exhibition.

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Publishing executive to speak at Commencement

Janet L. Robinson, former president and chief executive officer of the New York Times Company and now consultantJanet L. Robinson, former president and chief executive officer of the New York Times Company and now consultant, will address the Class of 2012 at Wheaton’s 177th Commencement, to be held on Saturday, May 19.

Robinson will receive an honorary degree at Commencement, as will two of the college’s distinguished graduates, Deborah Haigh Dluhy ’62 and Barbara Jensky Kovensky ’67.

Robinson joined the Times company in 1983 and was named CEO in 2004. In this role she oversaw and coordinated the company’s operations and business units and worked closely with Times chairman and publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. to chart the company’s direction. (In December 2011 she announced her retirement from the company.)

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