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.
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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.

Hugh Greer's memory of Joyland at winter.
12/25/2019

Hugh Greer's memory of Joyland at winter.

If you like reading the steamy side of artists lives, you might consider these two books for after-the-holidays reading.
12/23/2019

If you like reading the steamy side of artists lives, you might consider these two books for after-the-holidays reading.

Room w/view: The Muse Cafe at WAMLunch is served from 11 am to 2 pm Tuesday - Sunday; brunch specials on Saturday and Su...
12/22/2019

Room w/view: The Muse Cafe at WAM

Lunch is served from 11 am to 2 pm Tuesday - Sunday; brunch specials on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 2 pm; beverages, mini-bar, and desserts until 3 pm.

The Muse Cafe is closed on Mondays and on major holidays when the museum is closed.

No reservations necessary, but reservations are encouraged (especially for large groups) by calling (316) 268-4973.

A personal menu fave: Portuguese Pot Roast. Yum!

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12/22/2019
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Love kids? Love art? WAM is looking for a part-time Education Coordinator for Art Start, a preschool (ages 3-5) program held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Apply online: wichitaartmuseum.org/jobs

Dickens is having a moment.The Epoc Times shares photos of a recently-opened exhibition “Beautiful Books: Dickens and th...
12/22/2019

Dickens is having a moment.

The Epoc Times shares photos of a recently-opened exhibition “Beautiful Books: Dickens and the Business of Christmas” at the Dickens Museum in London, Nos. 48-49 Doughty St. The Dickens family home from 1837 to 1839 was located at No. 48. This is where Charles Dickens wrote Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby, and where he finished The Pickwick Papers.

The Epoc Times declares that “Charles Dickens is largely responsible for our idea of Christmas today, more than 170 years after he published his Christmas books. He could be called the father of Christmas itself, or rather, of the business of Christmas.”

The exhibition explores the blossoming industry of Victorian publishing and Dickens’s Christmas books, alongside other artifacts that illustrate how Christmas publishing developed the modern idea of Christmas.

Below, the museum sets the Dickens Christmas table with lights glowing in every room of No. 48.

The Met unveils its annual tree and baroque creche. "The Met Christmas tree exhibit come from a collection of 18th-centu...
12/21/2019

The Met unveils its annual tree and baroque creche.

"The Met Christmas tree exhibit come from a collection of 18th-century Neapolitan figures that Loretta Hines Howard started in the 1920s when she was just a girl.

"Ms. Howard began donating the figures to the Met in 1964. For over 30 years she worked with artist Enrique Espinoza to adorn the tree and create the nativity scene around its base. We don’t know for sure, but Mr. Espinoza was probably Mexican-American. The two also created Christmas trees for the White House." -- from a piece in Latin Culture Magazine

Enjoy a short trip about Van Gogh's home town.
12/21/2019

Enjoy a short trip about Van Gogh's home town.

Van Gogh was embraced by the people around him, as he still is today. People all around the world are inspired by Vincent’s life and work. Want to find out how? Step into the inspired world of Kai Chen. Thanks for sharing! #VanGoghEmbraces

While Hong Kong residents continue to protest what they feel will be a complete loss of the freedom they've enjoyed for ...
12/18/2019

While Hong Kong residents continue to protest what they feel will be a complete loss of the freedom they've enjoyed for years, the artists create their own protest in and out of museums.

Already worried about what to do with restless kiddos during Christmas? Worry no longer, WAM has you covered.December Wi...
12/14/2019

Already worried about what to do with restless kiddos during Christmas? Worry no longer, WAM has you covered.

December Winter Art Mania 2019

Thursday, December 26
Friday, December 27
Saturday, December 28

11 am to 3 pm

Free admission and activities each day.

Join us for three exciting days of art exploration and activities as WAM brings holiday cheer! Each day brings new fun including live music from Wichita Symphony Youth Orchestra, a Harry Potter film marathon (films 1 through 6), Lamphouse Photo Booth and MORE.

Looking for a kid-friendly lunch? The Muse Cafe at WAM has a children's menu with favorites such as pasta, hamburgers, and ice cream.

Thursday, December 26

-11 am to 3 pm Artmaking activities for all ages in the Living Room and Art Studio
-11 am Harry Potter and the Scorcerer's Stone screening (152 minutes)
-1:30 pm Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets screening (161 minutes)
-2-3 pm Wichita Symphony Youth Orchestra performances

Friday, December 27

-11 am to 3 pm Artmaking activities for all ages in the Living Room and Art Studio
-11 am Harry Potter and the Prisioner of Azkaban screening(142 minutes)
-Noon-2 pm Lamphouse Photo Booth provides fun holiday family pics
-1:30 pm Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire screening (157 minutes)
-2-3 pm Wichita Symphony Youth Orchestra performances

Saturday, December 28

-11 am to 2 pm DJ Carbon spins up music for all ages
-11 am to 3 pm Artmaking activities for all ages in the Living Room and Art Studio
-11 am Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix screening (139 minutes)
-Noon to 2 pm Lamphouse Photo Booth provides fun holiday family pics
-1 to 1:30 pm Family Yoga with Limitless Yoga
-1:30 pm Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince screening (153 minutes)
-2-3 pm Wichita Symphony Youth Orchestra performances

2019 Winter Art Mania is generously supported by CrossFirst Bank and The IMA Financial Group.

'Banana Republic:'  Life imitates art - only in the art world.Maurizio Cattelan's "banana art" sells for $120k and spark...
12/13/2019

'Banana Republic:' Life imitates art - only in the art world.

Maurizio Cattelan's "banana art" sells for $120k and sparks an uprising among Miami's unionized janitors astounded that fruit taped to a canvas could be worth more than they.

Santa's waiting! It's the FWAM Holiday Open House...not a creature was stirring. Ooops, make that lots of people stirrin...
12/08/2019

Santa's waiting! It's the FWAM Holiday Open House...not a creature was stirring. Ooops, make that lots of people stirring. Singing, dancing, storybook reading. It's all going on now at the Wichita Art Museum. FREE to everyone! Don't forget to stop by the "elf table" and snag a delicious Christmas cookie. From 2-4 p.m. today. Don't miss it!

Don’t be an Elf on the Shelf! Come join the WAM Contemporaries for an “Elf” Interactive Screening. Two nights this year:...
12/04/2019

Don’t be an Elf on the Shelf!

Come join the WAM Contemporaries for an “Elf” Interactive Screening. Two nights this year: Thursday, December 5 and Thursday, December 12.

6 pm doors open + cash bar; Funky Monkey Munchies on site
7 pm film screening

You're holiday won't be complete without seeing the hit movie Elf, featuring the crazy antics of Will Ferrell.

Come to WAM and get into the fun. The screening room will be decked in elf-inspired holiday regalia. Cash bar and hip, holiday hullabaloo will be available throughout the evening.

And yes, you can come as your own version of Elf and the Shelf!

Must be 21 or older to attend.

Friends of the Wichita Art Museum's cover photo
12/04/2019

Friends of the Wichita Art Museum's cover photo

Artnet news reports: "There’s an Art Basel for Kids—and These Artists Aren’t Playing Around."Art Basel Miami Beach featu...
12/04/2019

Artnet news reports: "There’s an Art Basel for Kids—and These Artists Aren’t Playing Around."

Art Basel Miami Beach features art stars aged 9 to 15—although their prices are more grown-up, ranging from $1,000 to a whopping $75,000 for a work by Elisabeth Anisimow, 13, (below) perhaps the most celebrated artist of the bunch. Kid art all grown up!

Coming up! Senior Holiday Brunch:Wed Dec 04 2019 at 10:00 am to 11:30 am
12/03/2019

Coming up! Senior Holiday Brunch:

Wed Dec 04 2019 at 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Browsing and buying, and visiting Art Mania in the living room at WAM.
11/30/2019

Browsing and buying, and visiting Art Mania in the living room at WAM.

Mini book sale tomorrow. The museum is free and open to the public all day tomorrow. Come browse and buy. The Friends wi...
11/29/2019

Mini book sale tomorrow. The museum is free and open to the public all day tomorrow. Come browse and buy. The Friends will be on deck to help you choose your big read from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. See you then!

BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL: 20% off Individual, Household, & Household Plus MembershipsFriday, November 29 through Sunday, Dec...
11/29/2019

BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL: 20% off Individual, Household, & Household Plus Memberships

Friday, November 29 through Sunday, December 1

WAM membership means world-class masterpieces made accessible, a serious investment in life-long learning, and a gathering place where everyone is welcome to find inspiration.

11/27/2019
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Save the date!

Bring the kids to see with Santa Claus + make-it/take-it art projects, live music & more

This would be awesome!Travel virtually through King Tut’s tomb at London’s Saatchi Gallery this holiday season.From Artn...
11/27/2019

This would be awesome!

Travel virtually through King Tut’s tomb at London’s Saatchi Gallery this holiday season.

From Artnet News: “The eight-minute experience was produced by CityLights, an immersive entertainment company cofounded by Hollywood filmmaker Joel Newton, and financier and art collector David Ganek. The men started the company to explore Virtual Reality as a creative tool for storytelling, and that they chose King Tut because they wanted a story compelling enough to motivate people to try out the technology.”

You might find this article from Forbes of interest. It casts a light on the New York artist who created our Light and S...
11/26/2019
Kumi Yamash*ta Plays with Shadows to Create Art

You might find this article from Forbes of interest. It casts a light on the New York artist who created our Light and Shadow exhibit. Check it out: https://www.forbes.com/sites/yjeanmundelsalle/2015/04/25/kumi-yamash*ta-plays-with-shadows-to-create-art/?fbclid=IwAR0RJTMY7uvLRdgSXDtLBUXYS6EXPzFt4RqAANH1ykq61QVgJh9aeHoOd7M#183eba5973ed

New York City-based Japanese artist Kumi Yamash*ta casts light on seemingly-random objects to create surprising shadow art.

The art of the Thanksgiving Feast.https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/11/thanksgiving-special-how-famous-artists-would-p...
11/24/2019
Thanksgiving Special: How 10 Famous Artists Would Plate Thanksgiving Dinner

The art of the Thanksgiving Feast.

https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/11/thanksgiving-special-how-famous-artists-would-plate-thanksgiving-dinner/?fbclid=IwAR053FCXSww_xIvaPeeyFD760PnRci6ZRdqDt5yy0uqJxB1j4P-I8f_5LEE

In this fun series of photos titled Thanksgiving Special, San Francisco-based artist Hannah Rothstein imagines Thanksgiving dinners as plated by famous artists throughout history. Gravy, corn, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce, and even the plate itself is used as a medium for edible artworks in

Save the Date: Friends' board member Mickie Moore Brown again will be on deck for this year's Holiday Open House. Mark y...
11/23/2019

Save the Date: Friends' board member Mickie Moore Brown again will be on deck for this year's Holiday Open House. Mark your calendars for December 8!

11/23/2019
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Just a reminder!

Receive 20% off all jewelry, including #WichitaFlag cufflinks, Origin Jewelry & ZSISKA

Former Friends board member Christopher Gulick is apparently going to the show! A NY fashion show wants him and his coho...
11/22/2019

Former Friends board member Christopher Gulick is apparently going to the show! A NY fashion show wants him and his cohort to present "body armor" jewelry and fashions they produced for the Avant show in September. Kudos, Chris! When "they" come a'calling, you go!!

Visitors to the Louvre get up close to admire the masterworks of Leonardo da Vinci.The Paris museum owns five paintings ...
11/21/2019

Visitors to the Louvre get up close to admire the masterworks of Leonardo da Vinci.

The Paris museum owns five paintings (The Virgin of the Rocks, La Belle Ferronnière, The Mona Lisa, The Saint John the Baptist, and The Saint Anne) and 22 drawings, which constitutes the largest collection of da Vinci works in the world. But until February, 2020, visitors to the Louvre will see a much larger collection, many paintings, drawings and etchings on loan for the grandest exhibition of Da Vinci on record, including, of course, the Mona Lisa.

Christmas coming up! Don't forget to browse the WAM gift shop for special gifts for all occasions.
11/18/2019

Christmas coming up! Don't forget to browse the WAM gift shop for special gifts for all occasions.

Such a fascinating lecture at the Wichita Art Museum this evening, courtesy of the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum. Dr...
11/15/2019

Such a fascinating lecture at the Wichita Art Museum this evening, courtesy of the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum. Dr. Gloria Groom, Curator of European Painting and Sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago, gave a thoroughly-researched and delightful presentation of the Impressionists during a time when fashion made both the woman and the artist. Packed house! These are wonderful lectures that let us peek into a by-gone era and learn the stories behind the greatest artists of a particular generation. Try to come to the next one. You will not be disappointed!

Coming up this evening, November 14: Curator Talk Modern Beauty - Fashion and the Rise of Modern Art with Gloria Groom, ...
11/10/2019

Coming up this evening, November 14: Curator Talk Modern Beauty - Fashion and the Rise of Modern Art with Gloria Groom, Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, Art Institute of Chicago, sponsored by the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum.

5 pm | Galleries remain open before the talk
6 pm | Festive mingling, cash bar, and small bites in the S. Jim and Darla Farha Great Hall + exhibition viewing
6:45 pm | Free lecture in the Howard E. Wooden Lecture Hall

Admission to the Howard E. Wooden Lecture is free. Galleries will be open prior to the lecture.

By 1850, Paris was the style capital--as well as art capital--of the world. The fashion industry was booming. Off-the-rack clothing made new styles available to vast numbers of men and women, the department store was on the rise, and fashion magazines flew off the shelves. Impressionists and other modern artists were fascinated by the innovative, changeable qualities of the new fashion industry. For Manet, Monet, Renoir, and others, modern style played a key role in the development of modern art.

Join Gloria Groom for an illustrated talk exploring the relationship between fashion and modern art at the end of the 19th century. Groom organized the 2012 blockbuster exhibition Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity that toured Paris, Chicago, and New York. The New York Times called the exhibition "thrilling" and "groundbreaking." Groom's current exhibition, Manet and Modern Beauty explores the way Edouard Manet--the quintessential painter of 19th-century Paris--turned to fashion for inspiration in his late career. Manet and Modern Beauty, which opened in Chicago before traveling to Los Angeles, was hailed by The Chicago Tribune as "beautiful and au courant."

For WAM members only. Come late, stay 'till 8! Tonight from 5-8 p.m.Come to WAM for after-hours access and a focused loo...
11/08/2019

For WAM members only. Come late, stay 'till 8!

Tonight from 5-8 p.m.

Come to WAM for after-hours access and a focused look at Light & Shadow: Alyson Shotz and Kumi Yamash*ta when the exhibition is closed to the public. A docent will be in the Light & Shadow galleries for questions and conversation from 6 to 7 pm.

Live music by guitarist David Lord and pianist James Kaufmann, cash bar, fruit/cheese plates plus chic TGIF mingling.

Proof that many heads are better than one. The Friends break up into groups to continue our discussion on how to speak t...
11/05/2019

Proof that many heads are better than one. The Friends break up into groups to continue our discussion on how to speak to our future planning directives.

Charles K. Steiner's "Airport Paintings and Sketches" have made it into a book for the Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, N...
11/01/2019

Charles K. Steiner's "Airport Paintings and Sketches" have made it into a book for the Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY. The book becomes property of the Library and it will digitize the drawings for public computer access this February. Kudos!! See Charles' page for more info.

More cool stuff in the WAM gift store.
10/31/2019

More cool stuff in the WAM gift store.

Fitting for Halloween: Voices from the tomb from Artnet News.
10/31/2019

Fitting for Halloween: Voices from the tomb from Artnet News.

Ominous headline: The Getty Museum Closes Its Doors as Wildfires Rage in California, But Says the Art Is Safe Inside Its...
10/29/2019

Ominous headline: The Getty Museum Closes Its Doors as Wildfires Rage in California, But Says the Art Is Safe Inside Its Fireproof Building.

Christmas is coming up--probably faster than most of us care to consider. You might shop the WAM gift shop for unusual a...
10/28/2019

Christmas is coming up--probably faster than most of us care to consider. You might shop the WAM gift shop for unusual art-inspired finds for young and old. Everything from greeting cards to ties to pottery, jewelry, puzzles, games and more. The WAM buyers have done a bang-up job. Check it out the next time you're at the museum.

Fashion and tea time in eras before the turn of the century up to the '70s on exhibit now on the lower level of WAM. A w...
10/27/2019

Fashion and tea time in eras before the turn of the century up to the '70s on exhibit now on the lower level of WAM. A walk through time beginning with the suffragettes who poured tea from porcelain china and gathered the like-minded to march for their cause: the right to vote, through decades many of us remember vividly.

Next August, women all over Kansas will celebrate the 19th Amendment Centennial and honor the women that went before making it possible for us to vote, and those making an impact today. This exhibit serves to pique our interest into the way women dressed to socialize and entertain.

Warhol's portrait of Marilyn is hanging on a wall in a new exhibit. More on that tomorrow. Stay tuned.
10/27/2019

Warhol's portrait of Marilyn is hanging on a wall in a new exhibit. More on that tomorrow. Stay tuned.

Some spooky fun coming up!Friday, November 16 pm doors open + cash bar, small bites in the Boeing Foyer7 pm film screeni...
10/26/2019
Interactive Film Screening: Beetlejuice

Some spooky fun coming up!

Friday, November 1
6 pm doors open + cash bar, small bites in the Boeing Foyer
7 pm film screening in the Howard E. Wooden Lecture Hall
Galleries closed during this program

"Let's turn on the juice and see what shakes loose" as WAM Contemporaries screen the 1988 horror-fantasy-comedy film Beetlejuice.

The Tim Burton film starring Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder offers great opportunities for audience participation. Grab your goodie bag and join in the fun! As Betelgeuse (German for Beetlejuice) says, "These aren't my rules. Come to think of it, I don't have any rules."

Cash bar and small plates available.

Must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets are $15 for WAM members, $25 for the general public and available below:

http://wichitaartmuseum.org/beetlejuice

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