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John Beck Fine Art Collection Donated to The Institute

Curator of Art, Artifacts, & Photographs Catherine Johnson-Roehr with works from the John Beck collection.

In 2005 the arts community in Bloomington suffered a great loss with the unexpected death of John Beck. Mr. Beck was an avid collector and an enthusiastic patron of the arts, and he was a very familiar face at IU student exhibitions. A few months before he died, Beck attended the opening reception for Out of Russia, an exhibition in The Kinsey Institute Gallery.

Mr. Beck's support of the Institute and its art collection became evident after his death, as he specified in his will that a major portion of his fine art collection be donated to The Kinsey Institute.

“Thanks to John Beckís generosity and vision, we have acquired photographs by the important Czech artists Ivan Pinkava and Michal Macku,” said Catherine Johnson-Roehr, Curator of Art, Artifacts, and Photographs.

“John Beck also left us a wonderful example of a late 18th century academic figure drawing, a number of exquisite Japanese netsukes and other figurines, more than 160 books on art and photography, and many other paintings, prints, sketches, sculptures, and photographs. Itís an honor to have been remembered so generously by someone with such sensitivity and commitment to the arts.”

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