Luther Bean Museum

Located in Richardson Hall, on the second floor

Zeke Rangel studies Native American pottery in the Adams State University Luther Bean Museum

Zeke Rangel studies Native American pottery during Exploration Day, on May 25.

A member of the Luther Bean Museum Advisory Committee Dr. Nick Saenz, assistant professor of history, introduced the students on how to fully experience a museum and interpret the collection as part of Exploration Day.

"I think this event was a great opportunity for students to engage with local heritage," Saenz said. While in the museum, the students discussed the J. Noel Tucker mural tied to the naming of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, reflected the uses and design of Native American pottery, learned a little about blacksmiths and their relationship to farming and ranching, and examined several works of art by artists William Moyers and Stephen Quiller.

Curtis Garcia, visiting professor of Teacher Education, organized Exploration Day. The event included departments across the Adams State campus hosting activities for Ortega Middle School eighth grade students.

William Moyers bronze and Head display case

Luther Bean Museum Mission Statement:

"In partnership with the university and valley communities, the Luther Bean Museum seeks to preserve, enhance, and promote the study of the diverse culture and history of the San Luis Valley and Adams State."

sculptures and paintings by william moyers

Luther Bean Museum Collection:

The museum's permanent collections represent largely regional and local arts and historical objects. On view are: Native American pottery; paintings and works on paper by Stephen Quiller, Woody Crumbo and William Moyers; bronzes by William Moyers (1939 ASU Alumnus); a bronze by Allan Houser; a small oil painting by Joseph Henry Sharp; and a display on Major Lafayette Head, Colorado's first lieutenant governor, U.S. Indian agent, and early settler of Conejos County.

furniture from Woodard collection

Beryl and Charles Woodard

Patrons of Adams State, Beryl and Charles Woodard donated furniture, porcelain, decorative arts, and Asian ivory and stone carvings from their estate that have enriched and broadened the collections.

A display of items featuring former Colorado Governor and Adams State University's founder William H. "Billy" Adams is also on view.

Molly O'Connor arranges photos in the display case.

Luther Bean Museum completes photography display

During the spring 2016 semester, art major Molly O'Connor helped catalog and sleeve the Carl Johnson Collection of San Luis Valley photographs, as part of an internship in the Luther Bean Museum.

The collection includes photographs by O. T. Davis (1859-1945), a successful photographer in the San Luis Valley region, as well as other black-and-white images which capture the essence of agriculture before the advent of machinery and technology.

"I enjoyed looking at the photographs and seeing the development and history of the SLV," O'Connor said. With guidance from the museum's interim curator, Tawney Becker, O'Connor chose eight photographs to mount and display.

"I learned what goes into setting up a display and the research that goes with it," O'Connor added.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in sculpture on May 14.

looking up to mezzanine level

Luther Bean Museum continues re-installation

The Luther Bean Museum continues to re-install the collection on the mezzanine level, through the summer of 2016.