Window Dressing: New Beach Museum of Art Installation Best Viewed From The Outside


MANHATTAN — It’s been said the eyes are the window of the soul. At the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, windows are now eyes that reveal the museum’s heart and soul: works of art.

With the Kansas State University art museum temporarily closed to the public, staff members have turned the museum “INSIDE OUT” to bring the campus and community some much-needed visual relief. “INSIDE OUT” offers new, innovative window installations that can be viewed from outside of the Beach Museum of Art, at 701 Beach Lane, near 14th Street and Anderson Avenue.

“Artworks of all types, including one in the form of a neon sign, are colorfully lit to offer tantalizing glimpses of the objects inside,” said Linda Duke, Beach Museum of Art director.

“We welcome curious viewers to walk around the museum’s exterior to view these displays of works of art from the museum’s collection,” Duke said. “‘INSIDE OUT’ is available at any time of day but is especially stunning at twilight when the lighted windows glow warmly. Don’t forget to bring binoculars to enhance your viewing experience!”

Signs nearby provide details about each artwork and links to additional information via Smartify, a free phone app available on the Apple Store or the Google Play Store.

A video of “INSIDE OUT” can be viewed on at

Duke said the museum would also love to know what viewers think about “INSIDE OUT” and encourages them to tag the museum — BeachMuseumofArt on Facebook, BeachMuseum on Twitter and beachmuseum on Instagram — when sharing photos of the artful installations on social media.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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