At Wheaton, creativity has no boundaries and through the arts, our students have opportunities for discovery and self-expression.
The arts at Wheaton bring students together, enable them to take risks, and give them a creative voice within our community. Through the performing, visual and cultural arts, we see community members woven together through empathy, communication, and shared experience. With an investment in the arts at Wheaton, you help provide the opportunity for our imaginative community to celebrate the present, honor the past, and dream of the future through their creative expression.
Wheaton Fund donations help support:
Beard and Weil Galleries
The Beard and Weil Galleries are a vital part of Wheaton’s creative and intellectual life. The Galleries' dynamic programming features work by contemporary artists in all media, and innovative exhibitions drawn from Wheaton’s extensive Permanent Collection, which spans works from ancient Greece to contemporary South Africa. 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. 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.
The Wheaton College Permanent Collection consists of more than 6,000 objects ranging from Egyptian antiquities to Wedgwood ceramics and from seventeenth-century Chinese woodblock prints to contemporary art, including photography, sculpture, and works on paper and canvas. While objects are displayed on campus and occasionally exhibited in the Beard and Weil Galleries, the collection is primarily used for teaching and research.
Public Art at Wheaton
The college seeks to enrich our indoor and outdoor public spaces through the exhibition of short term and long term installations. We believe in the power of public art to add aesthetic value, unite communities, and facilitate important conversations. This program is especially interested in supporting work that is designed with our campus in mind. Works may, for example, seek to engage with aspects of Wheaton identity through our history, architecture, landscaping, academics, athletics, and so much more!