Springtime budding out at our beautiful 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.
Springtime budding out at our beautiful museum. :-)
Please take a moment to read this important message from the Ulrich Museum of Art’s outdoor sculpture collection on the Wichita State University campus. Feel free to share this widely—and please stay safe!
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Postponed or cancelled until further notice. 😔
MAR27 Postponed until July 17: Interactive Film Screening: Grease
Tomorrow 6 PM • 376 guests
MAR28 Cancelled: Mini Used Book Sale
Sat 10 AM • 583 guests
MAR28 Postponed: Family ArtVenture: WAM BAM Disco Time
Sat 11 AM • 207 guests
APR1 Cancelled: Senior Wednesday: Mid-America All-Indian Center
Wed 10 AM • Myron Ackerman is going
APR9 Postponed: Curator Talk with Candice Hopkins
Thu 6 PM • 67 guests
APR12 Cancelled: Drop-In Tour: Preston Singletary
Sun 2 PM • 33 guests
APR14 Postponed: Volunteer Appreciation Reception
Tue 5 PM • Christopher Gulick is going
APR21 Cancelled: Tuesday Tour: Preston Singletary
Tue 2 PM • Christopher Gulick is going
APR24 Cancelled: Members-Only Late 'til 8
Fri 5 PM • 37 guests
APR25 Postponed: Renovation Opening Day Extravaganza
Sat 11 AM • 129 guests
APR25 Cancelled: Docent Dialogues in the Galleries: Preston Singletary
Sat 1 PM • 18 guests
Mourning the close of museums.
Indeed, there may be "safety" in art.
From Artnet News: Want to avoid catching the coronavirus? Maybe you should have been an artist.
Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators, have a remarkably low risk for contacting the disease, according to new data compiled by the New York Times.
Art is the second-safest career, with a physical proximity score of nine and a disease exposure of zero. That ranks it behind only loggers and just ahead of authors and writers, who are at zero on exposure but 14 on proximity.
Graphic designers have comparatively less risk: they score zero for exposure and 34 for how close they typically get to other people.
Thank you to our loyal WAM community.
The world has turned inside out in the past week. A sense of belonging means so much more in anxious days. We thank you—our incredible WAM community—for all the ways you connect and care about the Wichita Art Museum. We’ve honestly felt it this week, as many reached out to the museum. The support is so very appreciated.
Stay safe, remain healthy. We will be back in action and together again. It can’t come soon enough, and we will reach out virtually during this period as we weather a global crisis. We thank you for support of the Wichita Art Museum.
David Hockney from his home in Normandy, France, creates a new painting to brighten the spirits of all those sequestered from Covid-19.
To minimize the transmission risk associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the City of Wichita- Government Council decided today (3/16/2020) to close a number of public facilities and to cancel City events for the next two weeks. The Wichita Art Museum, a City-owned facility, will be closed Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 27. The City will closely monitor the situation and will continue to make facility reopening adjustments as needed.
WAM has cancelled or postponed public museum events through Sunday, May 10 following yesterday's (3/15/2020) advisory from the Centers For Disease Control (CDC). The CDC recommended that for the next eight weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.
FWAM board member, Mickie Moore Brown, shares her "Doors and Windows on the World" with us--photos she took on a recent trip to Egypt.
Bookies working hard for the big may2,3 sale at WAM
What the world is missing during the museum shut down in Italy.
We've lost two patrons of the arts and past FWAM board officers who paved the way for the rest of us. Paula Varner and Dora Timmerman Bayer, may you R.I.P.
I got to say goodbye to Dora without knowing it. I stopped in to see my friend Bev Hoover, also a past FWAM president, at Larksfield a month ago, and Dora Timmerman Bayer and her husband Bob came into our room to visit. Dora was an extraordinary person. We worked on the restoration of the Soldiers and Sailors monument on the lawn of the Old Courthouse, and we were on again-off again board members of the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum for at least 25 years. Dora did more to introduce art to the children of Wichita than anyone in this city. A beautiful, soft spoken woman, loaded with smarts and talent. We've lost a good one in Dora.
What can I say about Paula? Just a sharp, talented woman who knew the history of the Wichita Art Museum like the back of her hand. She worked tirelessly with Pam Kingsbury, Steve Gleissner, the late Mary Ellen Barrier and others who served on the FWAM board at the time to start our on-building endowment which benefits the Wichita Art Museum yearly. Paula was the go-to woman if anyone had a question about the museum or any community development for that matter. Paula had her fingers on the pulse of Wichita a city she loved and served well into her 90s.
These two fabulous, powerful women will be greatly missed.
Our Chihuly is beautiful from any angle.
The Met is having a party in its honor on April 13 of this year. The museum that sees 7 million visitors pass through its doors to view 1.5 million collection objects covering 5,000 years of history will be 150 years on that date. Big plans, including a huge cake, dinners and dancing in the museum, and invitations to every living artist in its collection, are in the works. Look for the Empire State Building to be lit up in red for the celebration.
Explore our museum store. Lots of unique gifts and treasures!
Perhaps taking a cue from WAM with its current Preston Singletary exhibit, Artnet News reports:
Native American Art Has Become a Sleeper Sensation in Museums and the Art Market Alike.
In 2006, volunteers recreated Georges Seurat’s famous painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, along Beloit’s riverfront in Wisconsin.
Check out the unique cards at the WAM store!
The Friends enjoyed their first trip so well, they're doing an encore. This time to The Momentary, a satellite to Benton, AR's famous Crystal Bridges. The Friends leave by motor coach April 23-25, 2020.
A voice for Wichita art and artists strikes the set:
After months of thought, and 103 episodes, I have decided to leave my commentary post at KMUW.
Winding down my tenure as the "face" of FWAM Facebook. They're letting me rotate off the board after six years of good behavior. ☺️Turning over the keys to Beth Golay in the next couple of weeks who will inform and entertain you this next year and perhaps beyond. Any ideas to make our fantastic museum stand out even more, Beth is the gal to see! Break a leg.
The WAM museum store is pushing spring! Tired of this wet, damp weather.
We can always use more books! You know where to deposit them. Or call Hamid at 316/519-4717--he's the board member with the truck. He'll pick up your books. Pls. have them in boxes and stacked by the front door for pick up!
Under the big top. We're looking a tad like the Louvre while we de-construct the foyer!
The FRIENDS will be on deck in the Great Hall to serve you until 3 p.m. today. It's beautiful weather out there, perfect for a stroll through the Singletary exhibit and to peruse the mini book sale on the way there!
Mini book sale today! Time to replenish those book shelves! Doors open (living room entrance) at 10 a.m.
Mark your calendars for Art on a Monday!
Monday, March 2, 2020. Cost is $35/person.
Signup online at wichitaartmuseum.org/artonamonday or mail a check payable to FWAM to the Wichita Art Museum, 1440 West Museum Blvd., Wichita 67203.
This a Friends’ project. Our speaker is Emily Brookover, Director of Community Development for Downtown Wichita. Emily is the creative mind and community partner behind thoughtful programming and placemaking initiatives that are revitalizing and enhancing Wichita’s urban core. She is an artist and champion for local artists and creative non-profits.
Social starts at 11:30 a.m. with cash bar, buffet lunch at Noon, in the S. Jim and Darla Farha Great Hall. Illustrated talk will follow at 1:00 p.m. in the Lecture Hall. RSVP deadline is Tuesday, February 25. If you haven’t yet signed up, please consider doing so. Bring your spouse and/or friends and join us for this exciting event.
Hope to see you all! Don’t forget to enter through the Living Room (temporary entrance). There's more going on downtown than you may realize!
Don't miss it! The Preston Singletary exhibit is exquisite.
Wonder how our beautiful museum is doing? Take a gander at these stats! Since 2012...
-Museum attendance is up 62%
-Membership has grown at every level up 171%
-Program attendance has doubled 100%
-Youth education has increased 69%
-Free Saturday attendance up 79%
-Facility rental income up 366%
Take a bow. All you new and old members and those families who come on Saturday to participate and enjoy are really making a difference!!
Lots of business at our FWAM board meeting: New officers, new members, new goals. We're ready for a great 2020 year!
Artists and Lovers - just in time for Valentine's Day, from a piece in Artnet News.
Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Might be time to shop the WAM store for that special gift.
The Museum Store, made possible by Dot and Dwayne Shannon and located on the second floor just off the S. Jim and Darla Farha Great Hall, has an updated space and new merchandise.
NO admission charge to visit the Museum Store.
And there's a benefit of membership: WAM members enjoy a 10% discount on Museum Store and Pop-Up Store items (excluding consignment pieces). There are fabulous finds at WAM--see for yourself!
Note: The Museum Store is closed on Mondays and on major holidays when the museum is closed.
Coming up at 6 p.m. tomorrow at WAM!
Curator Talk: Christina Burke
Past, Present, and Future: Native American Art in the 21st Century
Join Philbrook Museum of Art curator Christina Burke for an illustrated talk exploring how contemporary Indigenous artists draw inspiration from the past in their creative practices.
From painting to fashion design and everything in between, such connections can be seen in many artists’ work—including Preston Singletary whose exhibition Raven and the Box of Daylight will be on view at WAM.
Burke, who has been Curator of Native American and Non-Western Art at Philbrook since 2006, has worked on a variety of collaborative projects with Indigenous artists, from collections research and exhibition development to fashion shows and commissioning new work. She is currently finalizing details for Philbrook to host the traveling exhibition, Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists, which will open in Oklahoma in summer 2020.
Free admission. Galleries open before talk.
A colorful new exhibit titled, Now Look Here – The African Art of Appearance – pop-up exhibition "New North" opens in Asterweg, Amsterdam, drawing in the viewer to deeper emotions behind the facade.
We feel honored and blessed to have an exhibit of this quality at our museum. Kudos to everyone who put this together!
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