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Gift from the late Joan S. Beren will help preserve Wichita State’s outdoor art collection


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 This sculpture of Auguste Renoir was created in 1970 by Aristide Maillol and is one of 76 pieces spread across the WSU campus.
     Joan S. Beren had a special place in her heart for the outdoor sculpture collection at Wichita State. But she did more than just admire and appreciate the 76 works in it, says Bob Workman, director of the Ulrich Museum of Art.

     “She also understood the investment necessary to clean, maintain and conserve them,” he said. “She had the wisdom and foresight to recognize that great works of art require a high degree of ongoing care.”
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Joan Beren poses next to the "Love" sculpture on the WSU campus.


     The Ulrich Museum and the WSU Foundation recently established the Joan S. Beren Outdoor Sculpture Conservation Fund to honor the Wichita philanthropist who donated more than $1 million to help preserve those art works.

     The fund will provide resources for the Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection, which includes the recently restored Joan Miró mural, “Personnages Oiseaux (Bird People),” on the façade of the Ulrich Museum.

     A longtime supporter of Wichita State in the areas of arts, athletics and student aid, Beren died last January.

     “Our mother was an ardent admirer of the outdoor sculpture collection,” said Adam Beren, one of Beren’s four children. “It was important to her to see it maintained at a level equal to its prominence so that students and visitors to the campus could enjoy it for many years to come.”

     Beren was proud of Wichita State for many reasons, but she especially treasured its art collection, said Elizabeth King, president and CEO of the WSU Foundation. “This gift to help preserve the quality and integrity of our outdoor sculptures is one that came from her heart and soul.”

     During her life, Beren served two terms on the WSU Board of Trustees, including one as its chairman, as well as on the WSU Foundation National Advisory Council and the advisory boards for the Ulrich Museum and the College of Fine Arts. She chaired the Ulrich’s Outdoor Sculpture Committee for several years. In 2000, the WSU Foundation recognized her commitment to Wichita State by awarding her the Fairmount Founders’ Award.