Donation to help preserve WSU outdoor art collection

The Wichita State University "Millipede" by artist Tom Otterness. (KSN photo)
The Wichita State University "Millipede" by artist Tom Otterness. (KSN photo)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — The Joan S. Beren Outdoor Sculpture Conservation Fund at Wichita State University has been dedicated to the Wichita philanthropist whose passion for the university’s acclaimed collection of outdoor art led her to donate more than $1 million for its care.

That announcement was made at a recent event held at WSU campus to celebrate the reinstallation of the Joan Miro mural “Personnages Oiseaux (Bird People),” which adorns the facade of the Ulrich Museum of Art. The work had undergone a five-year, $2.2 million conservation and restoration project paid for largely through private donations.

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The Joan S. Beren Outdoor Sculpture Conservation Fund will provide resources for the ongoing cleaning and maintenance of the massive mural, as well as for the 75 other pieces in the Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection spread throughout the WSU campus. A longtime supporter of Wichita State in the areas of arts, athletics and student aid, Beren died last January.

"Man With Cane" and "Woman With Umbrella" sculptures by Fernando Botero. (KSN photo)
“Man With Cane” and “Woman With Umbrella” sculptures by Fernando Botero. (KSN photo)