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All Things Collected: Objects at Beloit College Opening

After a year and a half on hiatus, in-person exhibitions at the Wright Museum of Art have returned to campus. Thurs., Sept 23 marked the opening of the All Things Collected exhibition. The opening was accompanied by a midday mixer put on by the Arts Channel. Shelbi Wilkin, adjunct professor of Costume Design and manager of the costume shop, expressed much excitement about both the All Things Collected exhibit and the return of the Arts Channel. When asked about the mixer, Wilkin stated that, “We [the Arts Channel] wanted to give students an opportunity to get to know other people across the channel.” 

Many of the guests who attended the mixer were students who are not yet a part of the Arts Channel but are interested in joining. One such student was senior Theatre major, Isabel Chavez, who has been on the email list for the Arts Channel, but has not yet joined. “The Arts Channel is starting off well this year,” said Chavez. She also stated that she is excited about what sorts of events might be in store for the channel now that restrictions for in-person gatherings have been relaxed. Perspective Arts Channel participants were welcomed to the mixer with an assortment of snacks provided by Bon Appetit, as well as Jarritos sodas. To usher in a new academic year for the Arts Channel, an updated standing banner was unveiled to represent the channel. As of now, it is unknown where the banner will be displayed.

The All Things Collected exhibition is subtitled Objects at Beloit. This exhibit focused on the artifacts of the college that are not kept in either the Logan or Wright museums. Rather, the artifacts on display are those collected from the library archives, the Neese costume shop, and the Science Center display cases. Items on display range from old-fashioned photographs taken via the daguerreotype process to the iconic color-changing mushroom lamp from the library. QR codes accompanied a number of the artifacts. When scanned, the codes opened up web pages featuring information on photo processes, materials used, etc. Christa Story, the academic curator and interim director of the Wright Museum, said that the inclusion of the QR codes was a “technological feat” for her. 

When I spoke with Story about the All Things Collected exhibition, she informed me that since the exhibit opened later than anticipated, it will remain open longer. She decided that the exhibit will close just before fall break. The conclusion of All Things Collected, says Story, will make way for students in Michael Dango’s queer and feminist studies course to take over curation for their exhibit, slated to open in December.

All Things Collected: Objects at Beloit College will be open until Fri., Oct 8, and is open for any student to explore. The gallery remains closed to the public, but can be viewed virtually via virtualwrightmuseum.com. If you seek to better understand the history of Beloit’s campus, then this is an exhibit that you will not want to miss!

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