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Michael J. Beam

Adjunct Professor and Curator of Exhibitions and Collections, Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University

Office Location:
Castellani Art Museum


Michael Beam is Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University as well as Adjunct Faculty in the Art History with Museum Studies program teaching Post Modern to Contemporary Art 1960 - 2000 (collections based.) Beam’s dedication to secondary arts education earned him two CCTL Active Learning Teaching Grants awarded in 2005 and 2009.  These projects were museum based, designed and implemented to foster integrative student learning by promoting programs and developing opportunities for students to incorporate learning across courses, university departments, and between campus and community life. 
He holds a Master of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from California University of Pennsylvania.   Beam has eighteen years experience as a museum professional.  Previously he served as the Director of Visual Arts at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mitchell Museum and Sculpture Park, Mt. Vernon, Illinois.  In addition, he held positions in the exhibitions departments at both the Missouri Historical Society Museum and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Additionally he has worked in the curatorial and exhibitions departments of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Beam has been featured in numerous art publications including Joel Feldman:  Annotated landscapesAmerican Art Review magazine, and Tolerance:  The Art of Chris Mars.