Seventeen senior docents at the Wellin Museum of Art graduated this past weekend, one of the largest groups since the museum’s opening five years ago, and a record-breaking 21 studio art majors presented their work at the museum before graduation. Over its brief history, the Wellin continues to break records, not only in the number of docents, but visitors, classes, and departments engaged in its exhibitions, school tours, and partnerships.
During the past academic year, 64 Hamilton classes engaged with the museum to view and study its exhibitions and collections and participate in discussions with curators and exhibiting artists. Over the last five years, Hamilton class visits totaled 236, and not simply from the expected art and art history departments. Wellin welcomed geoscience, philosophy, physics, Arabic, Africana studies, dance, psychology, and mathematics classes, among others from many more areas of study. Four hundred Hamilton students visited the museum this semester.
The Wellin's community connections are evidenced by the 25 local school districts engaged with the educational outreach program. Perhaps most impressive is the museum’s total number of visitors. In the last five years, more than 58,000 people have visited the museum to see one or more of the 25 exhibitions.