Friends of the Wichita Art Museum

Friends of the Wichita Art Museum The Friends is a dynamic social and volunteer organization that supports the Wichita Art Museum through special events, programs, and fundraisers.
In 1960, the city of Wichita invited citizens to come together as a tax-exempt organization to raise money for the Wichita Art Museum through memberships and other income-generating activities. WAMM, Inc. was formed, and in 1976, the name changed to the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum.

With an initial deposit of $293,105.07 in 1997, the Friends established what has now become a two million dollar endowment through its fundraising activities of an annual Art and Book Fair, luncheon lecture series and prestigious symposium that spotlights an important area of American art.

Mission: Since 1960, the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum has dedicated time, talent, and treasure to our premier art museum on the Arkansas River - and we've had enormous fun along the way. We are a group of 35+ strong who have worked tirelessly to fulfill our mission to establish a permanent endowment for art acquisitions, exhibitions, and educational opportunities for the Wichita metropolitan community.

Good morning. Sunrise over the prairie taken by Wichitan Kirk Sours.
06/23/2019

Good morning. Sunrise over the prairie taken by Wichitan Kirk Sours.

Summer in the city!Tunes+Tallgrass: Moonrise KingdomWAM and Tallgrass Film Festival join together for 7th annual outdoor...
06/20/2019

Summer in the city!

Tunes+Tallgrass: Moonrise Kingdom
WAM and Tallgrass Film Festival join together for 7th annual outdoor movie night. Tomorrow, Friday, June 21

6:30 pm | Doors open
7 pm | Live music by The Haymakers
9 pm | Screening of Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom is the seventh film directed by two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Wes Anderson. Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing offshore. The lazy idyll of a summer island community is turned upside down in every which way. Featuring actors Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and Jason Schwartzman. Bring your lawn chairs, Frisbees and high-school spirit, as we frolic to celebrate the joys of the Kansas sultry summer eve. Stop by the Lamphouse Photo booth for fun selfies to remember the evening!

Admission is free, but bring some cash for food trucks, including: The Flying Stove, Smokin' Diner, Kona Ice, Nora's Kitchen and a cash bar provided by the Muse Cafe.

No coolers or outside alcohol.

Don't miss out! Final weekend for the O'Keeffe exhibit.
06/20/2019

Don't miss out! Final weekend for the O'Keeffe exhibit.

Save the date! Coming Friday, July 19.TOP GUN!6 pm doors open + cash bar, small bites7 pm interactive film screening“T...
06/20/2019

Save the date! Coming Friday, July 19.

TOP GUN!

6 pm doors open + cash bar, small bites
7 pm interactive film screening

“Talk to me, Goose!” WAM Contemporaries bring you an evening of high-flying fun with an interactive screening of the 1986 action classic Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise. Grab your wingman (or wingwoman) and take part in the audience-participation screening with a goodie bag filled with essentials to watch the film.

Cash bar and small plates available. Must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets are $15 for WAM members, $25 for the general public.

The man who bought Sotheby's.French media tycoon Patrick Drahi has just acquired the auction house for $3.7 billion and ...
06/17/2019

The man who bought Sotheby's.

French media tycoon Patrick Drahi has just acquired the auction house for $3.7 billion and will take the publicly-traded company private. Sotheby's will no longer be traded on the New York stock exchange, ArtNet is reporting. He bought shares for more than they were currently traded. Everyone apparently happy.

In honor of Fathers Day, a look at the "fathers of art."
06/16/2019

In honor of Fathers Day, a look at the "fathers of art."

Mr. Brainwash, aka Paris-born, LA-based Street Pop artist Thierry Guetta, is the subject of a large-scale solo exhibitio...
06/14/2019

Mr. Brainwash, aka Paris-born, LA-based Street Pop artist Thierry Guetta, is the subject of a large-scale solo exhibition at Galerie de Bellefeuille in Montreal. Critics say it’s his way of showing that art Is a continuum.

We need a road trip to the woods!http://canyouactually.com/giants-made-from-wood/?fbclid=IwAR01H4PiDR2v6zQBGkus9pvJpdn57...
06/14/2019
Guy Builds Giants From Wood And Hides Them In The Wilderness For People To Find

We need a road trip to the woods!

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Danish artist Thomas Dambo creates larger than life sculptures hidden around his hometown of Copenhagen. His sculptures require secret poems and clues in order to locate them. He says each has its own treasure map or poem engraved into stone to steer people onto unfamiliar paths where they'll discov...

The Kansas African Museum is welcoming dads and families to the museum on Father's Day, this coming Sunday. No admission...
06/13/2019

The Kansas African Museum is welcoming dads and families to the museum on Father's Day, this coming Sunday. No admission. Also coming up:

TKAAHistory Trail - July Trip
Gordon Parks Museum, Fort Scott, KS
John Brown Memorial, Osawatomie, KS
July 22, 2019

And the paintings of Sir Winston.
06/13/2019

And the paintings of Sir Winston.

Watercolors from a royal source. Prince Charles sells his reproduction prints online.
06/13/2019

Watercolors from a royal source. Prince Charles sells his reproduction prints online.

FWAM needs your books. We'll take all you can part with and we'll turn around and sell them to people who love to read, ...
06/12/2019

FWAM needs your books. We'll take all you can part with and we'll turn around and sell them to people who love to read, too!

When you see a photo of our book depository, you know we need books. D.J. Spaeth is the head "bookie" and she has organi...
06/11/2019

When you see a photo of our book depository, you know we need books. D.J. Spaeth is the head "bookie" and she has organized the FWAM book room to a "T." After last Saturday's mini book sale, D.J. has culled all the old books with broken spines and missing pages and has donated them to other organizations.

We start our next mini book sale on July 13 with fresh books never presented before. But to make an impact, WE NEED MORE BOOKS. Next time, you're out and about, grab a handful of books you no longer want and drop them in the depository at the back of the museum.

If you need D.J. or Hamid to pick up your books, call Hamid at 316-519-4717. They will gladly pick up your books, just have them boxed by the door ready to go.

Diane Post calls the board meeting to order and we hear good news about our May Art & Book Fair. We actually doubled our...
06/11/2019

Diane Post calls the board meeting to order and we hear good news about our May Art & Book Fair. We actually doubled our money from last year's fair and we ended the art portion of our 60-year run with a bang! Thank you artists, and thank you all who attended. Now on to what should be an exciting adventure for 2020. Linda Peressin (in the middle, bottom right) and Beth Golay are the ladies with a vision. As we refine our next venture, change it and embellish it, we will present it to you and see what you think. More to come, so stay tuned.

Friends are biking across Kansas. First stop for the night: Goodland where they saw the world’s largest painting on ea...
06/09/2019

Friends are biking across Kansas. First stop for the night: Goodland where they saw the world’s largest painting on easel--a reproduction of Van Gogh’s Three Sunflowers in a Vase. The easel is 80 feet tall and the painting 24’ x 32’.

Mini used book sale tomorrow! Come and get 'em!10 am to 3 pmIt's a bibliophile's delight! The Friends of the Wichita Art...
06/07/2019

Mini used book sale tomorrow! Come and get 'em!

10 am to 3 pm

It's a bibliophile's delight! The Friends of the Wichita Art Museum offer a curated selection of gently used books on art, zoology, and everything in between. All proceeds benefit WAM's events and programs.

The (poster) art of war.
06/06/2019

The (poster) art of war.

Returning heros, the likes of which, we may not see again.
06/06/2019

Returning heros, the likes of which, we may not see again.

A time like no other.
06/06/2019

A time like no other.

Sheer serenity from professional photographer Scott Duncan.
06/06/2019

Sheer serenity from professional photographer Scott Duncan.

A magic carpet comes to Madison Square Park.Leonardo Drew creates "City in the Grass," an installation, reports ArtNet N...
06/05/2019

A magic carpet comes to Madison Square Park.

Leonardo Drew creates "City in the Grass," an installation, reports ArtNet News, inspired by the children who often visit Drew at his Brooklyn studio, where his sculptural works are typically spread out on the floor. Drew noticed that they often likened his weathered wooden forms to an aerial view of the city. He decided to design the Madison Square Park project “as if I was Gulliver and this was Lilliput.”

The art of a state dinner in the UK. Bringing pomp and circumstance to the gilded party. Presenting the Grand Service fr...
06/04/2019

The art of a state dinner in the UK. Bringing pomp and circumstance to the gilded party.

Presenting the Grand Service from the George IV era.

"Over 2,000 pieces of cutlery are used during a State Banquet and the Grand Service includes pieces for every course and foodstuff that might be served. Among the more obscure items in the Service are marrow scoops, ice spades and olive spoons.

"In preparation for a State Banquet the table is laid by staff from the Silver and China Pantries using precise measurements to align each piece. A place for each guest is set with two knives and forks, with a dessert spoon and fork above. To the left of each place are a porcelain side plate, a silver butter knife and a small glass butter dish. The plates are not laid on the table as they are heated in advance of the banquet ready for the first course. Each guest shares a salt, mustard pot and pepper caster with their neighbour. In the centre of the table are candelabra, mirror plateaux and dessert stands from the Grand Service."

A Czech photographer goes in search of the Burning Man ethos.Marek Musil attended his first Burning Man festival three y...
06/02/2019

A Czech photographer goes in search of the Burning Man ethos.

Marek Musil attended his first Burning Man festival three years ago, and it sparked in him a quest for further exploration. He discovered that "Burner" events exist around the world. His photos are magical and show that a desert experience can ignite all kinds of creativity.

Drop-In Tour: Georgia O'KeeffeTomorrow, June 2, 2-3 p.m. Come join us!Learn more about Georgia O'Keeffe: Art, Image, Sty...
06/02/2019

Drop-In Tour: Georgia O'Keeffe

Tomorrow, June 2, 2-3 p.m. Come join us!

Learn more about Georgia O'Keeffe: Art, Image, Style with our amazing docents. We invite you to join in great conversation and exploration during a one-hour tour. Drop-In Tours depart from WAM's Boeing Foyer. No reservations required, however exhibition tickets must be purchased.

Lots of beautiful and interesting things in the WAM store!
05/30/2019

Lots of beautiful and interesting things in the WAM store!

Spread the word!Free Summer Admission for Active Duty Military Personnel and Their FamiliesIn conjunction with the Blue ...
05/29/2019

Spread the word!

Free Summer Admission for Active Duty Military Personnel and Their Families

In conjunction with the Blue Star Museums program, WAM will offer free general admission for all active duty, National Guard, and Reserve military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. For a complete list of participating museums, in Kansas and around the country, visit arts.gov/national/bluestarmuseums.

Sound a little familiar?
05/29/2019

Sound a little familiar?

In honor of Memorial Day, we share a watercolor by Wichitan Connie Miller McLean.
05/27/2019

In honor of Memorial Day, we share a watercolor by Wichitan Connie Miller McLean.

Art of the dance--a must see!White Crow is the story of Rudolph Nureyev leading up to his defection in Paris in 1961. Th...
05/26/2019

Art of the dance--a must see!

White Crow is the story of Rudolph Nureyev leading up to his defection in Paris in 1961. The scrutiny by the ever-present Russian KGB of the Kirov dancers, invited for the first time to perform in Paris and London, caused its rebellious, lead soloist to long to fly free. And so he did.

The dancing alone is reason to see the movie. Ralph Fiennes, one of the producers (along with Liam Neeson), plays Mariinsky Ballet company's artistic director Konstantin Sergeyev perfectly, just like Fiennes plays everything perfectly. The movie stops at Nureyev's defection, so we don't get to see his association with the fabulous Margot Fonteyn who danced well into her 50s. Hopefully, there'll be a sequel.

If you love ballet and remember the best male dancers of our generation, followed by the great Mikhail Baryshnikov, still alive, whom Wichitans got to see leap to the lights on Century II's stage in the '70s, see this movie fast. It won't stay long. Nureyev died in the '90s of Aids complications, but not before he became the sensation he always dreamed of as dancer and choreographer.

Below, Nureyev real and imagined.

The Frieze New York Fair, which ran from May 1-5 this year, always brings out the best in emerging artists.
05/24/2019

The Frieze New York Fair, which ran from May 1-5 this year, always brings out the best in emerging artists.

Books starting to pile up at your house like they are at mine? Time to purge and donate them to the Wichita Art Museum. ...
05/24/2019

Books starting to pile up at your house like they are at mine? Time to purge and donate them to the Wichita Art Museum. We're a tad low since our recent FWAM Art & Book Fair, so box them up and drop them in the book depository behind the museum. Or call our board member with a truck, Hamid, at 316-519-4717. He'll pick them up for you, but please put them in a box to make it easier to carry. Thank you!

Samantha Lyons, a Ph.D. candidate in art history at the University of Kansas, gave the WAM audience this evening a rare ...
05/24/2019

Samantha Lyons, a Ph.D. candidate in art history at the University of Kansas, gave the WAM audience this evening a rare view of edible and architectural fashion, some by famous artists and still in museums today. For example, Andy Warhol's "Souper Dress," which once sold for $1 and two Campbell Soup labels, now goes for a cool $8K. Surrealist Salvador Dali on a fashion tangent once teamed up with costumer designer Elsa Schiaparelli and created the Bone Dress reminiscent of a photo taken of Georgia O'Keeffe holding a cow's head and rib cage. No accounting for taste, but art is art and, like the original Canadian Bacon dress still preserved and brought out for show every now and then. Fun to see and fun to hear the questions from the audience!

Now, with the art part of the FWAM Art & Book Fair behind us, the FWAM board goes to work on another blockbuster fundrai...
05/23/2019

Now, with the art part of the FWAM Art & Book Fair behind us, the FWAM board goes to work on another blockbuster fundraiser the whole community can get behind. But "Wichita Readers" are not to worry. The Book Fair will continue every year and our mini book sales will continue often throughout the year. Look for our next one right here on Facebook!

Coming up this evening!Thursday, May 236 pm | Howard E. Wooden Lecture HallGalleries open prior to talk. Tickets require...
05/22/2019

Coming up this evening!

Thursday, May 23
6 pm | Howard E. Wooden Lecture Hall
Galleries open prior to talk. Tickets required for Georgia O'Keeffe: Art, Image, Style.

Free admission to lecture.

Fashion is having a special moment in the art world, from the increasing popularity of the annual Met Gala (the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute Benefit) to the success of the Museum of Modern Art’s blockbuster survey Items: Is Fashion Modern? and San Francisco de Young Museum’s pioneering exhibition Contemporary Muslim Fashions.

Recent exhibitions like Georgia O’Keeffe: Art, Image, Style at the Wichita Art Museum and the Brooklyn Museum’s presentation of Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving offer new understandings of artists’ creativity by exploring personal mode of dress. Inspired by the renewed attention to clothing in museum spaces, this talk will consider key moments of collaboration, creativity, and confrontation between the worlds of fashion and fine art throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. From Georgia O’Keeffe’s spare garments to Andy Warhol’s paper dresses, this presentation will explore artists who purposely blurred the distinction between fashion, attire, and art.

Samantha Lyons is a Ph.D. candidate in art history at the University of Kansas. She has taught courses in contemporary art at the University of Kansas and worked as a graduate curatorial intern at the Spencer Museum of Art, where she curated the exhibition Power Clashing: Clothing, Collage, and Contemporary Identities. She currently works as a research and curatorial assistant at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art.

Hope to see you there!

From ArtNet News: "Architect I.M. Pei, Who Designed Some of the World’s Most Mesmerizing Museums, Has Died at 102."Pei...
05/17/2019

From ArtNet News: "Architect I.M. Pei, Who Designed Some of the World’s Most Mesmerizing Museums, Has Died at 102.

"Pei, known for the Louvre Pyramid and the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong, is recognized as one of the most influential architects of all time."

Never tire of seeing our wonderful Chihuly!
05/15/2019

Never tire of seeing our wonderful Chihuly!

One last ode to mother from one of our very talented Friends' board members, Mickie Moore Brown, a photographer extraord...
05/13/2019

One last ode to mother from one of our very talented Friends' board members, Mickie Moore Brown, a photographer extraordinaire!

The Art Museum gardens just showcase our wonderful museum so well!
05/13/2019

The Art Museum gardens just showcase our wonderful museum so well!

05/13/2019

A big thank you to everyone who helped us go out with a bang at the final and 60th Annual Friends of the Wichita Art Museum Art & Book Fair. The hard work of the 40 members on the board of the Friends, who have volunteered their time to put on this event for 60 years, are to be celebrated!

Free coffee, muffins and water till closing. A quick, last look at what people were buying today.
05/12/2019

Free coffee, muffins and water till closing. A quick, last look at what people were buying today.

"Are there any art books left?" she asked. "You bet! Take a look!" We've got El Greco to Eakins.
05/12/2019

"Are there any art books left?" she asked. "You bet! Take a look!" We've got El Greco to Eakins.

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