Wichita Art Museum

Wichita Art Museum Mission: The Wichita Art Museum brings people, ideas, and American art together to enrich lives and build community. Vision: The Wichita Art Museum strives to be a national model of excellence as a regional museum devoted to American art.
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Operating as usual

09/11/2020
WAM Gala Gloved 2020

Saturday night, September 26 - An innovative, virtual occasion with thoughtfully curated content conceived by a collective of creative virtuosos. Expect the unexpected! wichitaartmuseum.org/gala

ICYMI: The Wichita Eagle's Dining With Denise wrote a story about Bokeh Development & Downtown Wichita's efforts to brin...
08/28/2020
This historic Wichita building — the city’s first skyscraper — has a cheerful new look

ICYMI: The Wichita Eagle's Dining With Denise wrote a story about Bokeh Development & Downtown Wichita's efforts to bring color to the Caldwell-Murdock Building. Who was Louise Caldwell Murdock? Learn more about our founder with "Tale of Two Women," an exhibition opening tomorrow that celebrates Murdock and WAM's first curator, Elizabeth Navas.

Downtown Wichita got permission from the owners of the historic but abandoned Caldwell Murdock building to fill its windows with color

The progressive spirit of WAM's founder, Louise Caldwell Murdock, who wanted to place American art in a community showca...
08/26/2020
This historic Wichita building — the city’s first skyscraper — has a cheerful new look

The progressive spirit of WAM's founder, Louise Caldwell Murdock, who wanted to place American art in a community showcase, lives on--congratulations Bokeh Development, Downtown Wichita's Emily Brookover & artists Delilah Reed & Maggie Gilmore!

Downtown Wichita got permission from the owners of the historic but abandoned Caldwell Murdock building to fill its windows with color

Have a preschooler at home? Want to do something fun together on Tuesdays? Registration opens Monday, August 24 for Art ...
08/21/2020
Art Start

Have a preschooler at home? Want to do something fun together on Tuesdays? Registration opens Monday, August 24 for Art Start, a FREE program for kids ages 3-5 & their parents/chaperones. Sessions offered Tuesdays @ 10am & 1:30pm starting in September w/new safety measures: wichitaartmuseum.org/artstart

WAM admission on Saturday is definitely affordable as it's FREE to everyone, thanks to Colby Sandlian of Sandlian Realty...
08/21/2020

WAM admission on Saturday is definitely affordable as it's FREE to everyone, thanks to Colby Sandlian of Sandlian Realty. Come by tomorrow and see the immersive exhibition from the Museum of Glass called Preston Singletary Glass: Raven & the Box of Daylight.

Wichita museums feature a variety of ever-changing displays, and also offer an affordable, safe way to explore. Many local museums are not only open, but are also showcasing new, fascinating exhibits.https://bit.ly/2q62N1s
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Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum | Frank Lloyd Wright's Allen House | TKAAM - The Kansas African American Museum | Mid-America All-Indian Museum | Museum of World Treasures | Mark Arts | Kansas Aviation Museum | Exploration Place | Wichita Art Museum | Ulrich Museum of Art
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📷 credit to TKAAM - The Kansas African American Museum

ICYMI: WAM's exhibition from Preston Singletary Glass, "Raven and the Box of Daylight," which was organized by the Museu...
07/31/2020
Raven exhibit will remain at Wichita Art Museum through end of the year

ICYMI: WAM's exhibition from Preston Singletary Glass, "Raven and the Box of Daylight," which was organized by the Museum of Glass, has been extended from August 30 and will now be on view through Sunday, January 17, 2021. If you've not seen this unique exhibition, which is a multi-sensory, immersive environment, click on the link to read Amy Geiszler-Jones' story for the Wichita Eagle and then come see the show. Saturday admission is free to everyone!

A unique traveling exhibition that tells an important Native American tale is getting an extended stay at the Wichita Art Museum.

Check out today’s Wichita Eagle front page photo by Jaime Green showing Denny Park Fine Arts cleaning & reinstalling the...
07/29/2020

Check out today’s Wichita Eagle front page photo by Jaime Green showing Denny Park Fine Arts cleaning & reinstalling the Chihuly Studio Bridge. Our stunning glass masterpiece returns to The Boeing Company Foyer!

Tune in to KAKE-TV, KSN TV, KWCH 12 Eyewitness News & keep watching the Wichita Eagle for footage of today's reinstallat...
07/28/2020

Tune in to KAKE-TV, KSN TV, KWCH 12 Eyewitness News & keep watching the Wichita Eagle for footage of today's reinstallation work on the "Persian Seaform Installation," also known as the Chihuly Bridge. The team from Denny Park Fine Arts will clean & reinstall more than 600 pieces of glass from Chihuly Studio.

Working with Denny Park Fine Arts, a Seattle-based company that cleans, packs, ships, and installs major artworks, we've...
07/27/2020

Working with Denny Park Fine Arts, a Seattle-based company that cleans, packs, ships, and installs major artworks, we've started the process of cleaning and reinstalling 600+ glass pieces by Chihuly Studio in "Persian Seaform Installation," otherwise known as the Chihuly Bridge. The glass was deinstalled in January when WAM was under renovation in the The Boeing Company Foyer. #art #glass #Wichita

Many thanks to Shelby Reynolds for her Wichita Business Journal story on how organizations like the Wichita Art Museum h...
07/24/2020
Wichita organizations 'pivot' again with virtual events after new county order - Wichita Business Journal

Many thanks to Shelby Reynolds for her Wichita Business Journal story on how organizations like the Wichita Art Museum have moved in-person events online after Sedgwick County Government's recent health order. If you missed last night's illustrated talk on #PrairiePrintMaker Frances Gearhart, keep watching WAM's YouTube Channel in the coming days where the video will be posted.

"We're all becoming quite familiar with the word 'pivot,'" says Wichita Art Museum director Patricia McDonnell.

ICT S.O.S.
07/23/2020

ICT S.O.S.

Today we want to share something that plays such an important role in our community. Art! Wichita has a great local art scene, filled with many talented artists. From Pinot's Palette to CityArts to The Art Park, Wichita has some of the best classes you can take to create your own masterpiece. If you want some inspiration for your own creations, you can visit the Wichita Art Museum, Ulrich Museum of Art, Mark Arts, or you can go on a walkabout to see all of the murals and outdoor sculptures around the city. If you visit Ulrich, be sure to take a tour of the outdoor sculptures across Wichita State University’s campus. It’s said that you cannot stand anywhere outside on campus without seeing at least one piece of art! And if outdoor art isn’t your scene, you can check out the Wichita First Friday gallery crawl that takes place the first Friday of every month!

We have so many amazing local artists who make our community more and more beautiful everyday-- and not just by displaying their art. So many local artists have supported our mission over the years and support other nonprofits in various ways. Artists frequently donate original pieces for raffles and silent auctions, while others help spruce up campuses by installing original artwork throughout the building. Just this last year, local artist Nathan Williams created a giant painting of Mr. Rogers for us to raffle off, and we raised over $1,000 due to his generosity! Local artists are such an important part of our community, and we couldn’t let the day go by without shouting them out!

Art is a great way to connect as a family and indulge your creativity as well. If you’re up for an in-person art session, lots of art studios are opening back up under social distancing guidelines and protective measures! Or, if you want a family art night from the comfort of your home, you can check out some Bob Ross tutorials on YouTube and paint along! Some of our team will be grabbing our paint brushes and recreating some Bob Ross designs this evening with you!

Be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram stories to see our progress, and comment your favorite work of art below for a chance to win a Bob Ross and Chill art kit or some Ad Astra wine glasses and a bottle of Jenny Dawn wine!

Happy Birthday, City of Wichita- Government! #Wichita150
07/21/2020

Happy Birthday, City of Wichita- Government! #Wichita150

Doo Dah. ICT. The Air Capital of the World. However you nickname our city on the prairie, one thing is common - Wichita is home. Happy 150th birthday, Wichita. May you continue to be a beacon of knowledge, entrepreneurship and civic pride for generations to come. #Wichita150

Dining With Denise developed a list on Kansas.com/Wichita Eagle of local events that won't be happening this weekend. Ca...
07/09/2020

Dining With Denise developed a list on Kansas.com/Wichita Eagle of local events that won't be happening this weekend. Cancelled: WAM's Bubbly Summer Birthday Bash is, unfortunately, on that list for Saturday. The Wichita Art Museum will still be open to the general public (free admission!) this Saturday with live music in the S. Jim and Darla Farha Great Hall from 11 am to 1 pm by pianist Bob Wambold. And Snoasis Shaved Ice will be out front selling shaved ice to visitors.

https://www.kansas.com/entertainment/article244109027.html?

Museum Store Sale now through Sunday, July 19: 20% off Pomme pidou ceramic banks and Djeco-US puzzles. Fabulous finds fo...
07/09/2020

Museum Store Sale now through Sunday, July 19: 20% off Pomme pidou ceramic banks and Djeco-US puzzles. Fabulous finds for the kids! Store hours are 11 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Sunday.

We've reopened & are welcoming back our visitors! Gallery hours from 10-11am weekday mornings are reserved for seniors (...
07/07/2020
Wichita Art Museum

We've reopened & are welcoming back our visitors! Gallery hours from 10-11am weekday mornings are reserved for seniors (ages 55 & older) & visitors who are immune-suppressed. Don't miss the exhibition Preston Singletary Glass: Raven & the Box of Daylight," organized by Seattle's Museum of Glass.

Located in Wichita's Museums on the River District, the Wichita Art Museum showcases American Art with a lively schedule of events and exhibitions.

Curator Talk: Candice Hopkins, originally scheduled in April, has been moved to Thursday, August 13. This essay from the...
07/07/2020
Beyond Inclusion

Curator Talk: Candice Hopkins, originally scheduled in April, has been moved to Thursday, August 13. This essay from the February 2019 issue of ARTnews included a review of three museum exhibitions devoted to Indigenous art, including “Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950 to Now,” curated by our presenter, Candice Hopkins, which was on view at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Indigenous art does not rest easily in the category of “American art,” that is, art of the United States.

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07/06/2020

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The Wichita Art Museum is open today! (Friday, July 3) Gallery hours are 10am-5pm. The Museum Store will be open from 11...
07/03/2020

The Wichita Art Museum is open today! (Friday, July 3) Gallery hours are 10am-5pm. The Museum Store will be open from 11am-4pm & the Muse Cafe is serving lunch from 11am-2pm & drinks/desserts from 2-3pm. WAM, the Store & Cafe all will be closed tomorrow (Saturday, July 4) for the Independence Day holiday.

07/02/2020
City of Wichita- Government

Many thanks to Brandon Whipple for including the Wichita Art Museum's "Foot in the Door" project in his weekly media briefing for the City of Wichita- Government. Are you an artist who wants to get your "foot in the door" at WAM? All it takes is one 12-by-12-inch work of art. Visit: wichitaartmuseum.org/footinthedoor

Do you want your artwork on view at the Wichita Art Museum? We're inviting all artists in the Wichita area to participat...
06/29/2020
Foot in the Door

Do you want your artwork on view at the Wichita Art Museum? We're inviting all artists in the Wichita area to participate in "Foot in the Door," an exhibition opening in October to celebrate the diversity and creativity of the city’s visual artists by inviting them to share a work of art to get their “foot in the door.” The main requirement is that the work of art submitted be 12 x 12 inches (including the frame), so literally a "foot in the door." To register online & see submission requirements, visit wichitaartmuseum.org/footinthedoor.

The Wichita Art Museum celebrates artists who call Wichita home. As the verve of the Wichita art community strengthens and the landscape of artists and arts organizations continues to expand, the museum is eager to celebrate the new and growing energy.

Do you have a free day tomorrow? Enjoy free museum admission on Saturdays (every Saturday!) thanks to Colby Sandlian of ...
06/26/2020

Do you have a free day tomorrow? Enjoy free museum admission on Saturdays (every Saturday!) thanks to Colby Sandlian of Sandlian Realty. Wear your facial covering and make sure you experience the immersive, multi-sensory environment in "Preston Singletary Glass: Raven and the Box of Daylight," on loan to the Wichita Art Museum from Seattle's Museum of Glass.

Need something for the kids? Online registration is still open for Hot Art For Cool Kids on Wednesday & Thursday afterno...
06/17/2020

Need something for the kids? Online registration is still open for Hot Art For Cool Kids on Wednesday & Thursday afternoons from 2-4 pm. Only $10 per session. WAM is taking precautions to ensure a safe camp environment by limiting campers to 25 per class, providing hand sanitizers in the Living Room & Art Studio areas & by practicing proper social distancing. wichitaartmuseum.org/hack

Thanks to KMUW's newest team member, Hafsa Quraishi, for her story on WAM's public reopening (Tuesday, June 23) along wi...
06/16/2020
KMUW

Thanks to KMUW's newest team member, Hafsa Quraishi, for her story on WAM's public reopening (Tuesday, June 23) along with the reopening dates for our museum neighbors, including Exploration Place, Botanica, Old Cowtown Museum and the Mid-America All-Indian Museum.

After shutting down for a few months due to COVID-19, the Wichita Art Museum is gearing up to reopen its doors to the public.

June 16-21 is Members-Only Week at WAM. We look forward to welcoming back our members with new measures to make your vis...
06/16/2020

June 16-21 is Members-Only Week at WAM. We look forward to welcoming back our members with new measures to make your visit a safe and comfortable one. The Museum Store and Muse Cafe will reopen today, too, and WAM Members receive a 10% discount in both the Store and Cafe. Don't forget your masks!

06/12/2020
City of Wichita - Mayor Brandon Whipple's Media Briefing June 11, 2020

ICYMI: City of Wichita- Government Mayor Brandon Whipple held his weekly news briefing at WAM yesterday and invited our director, Dr. Patricia McDonnell, to talk about the museum's reopening on Tuesday, June 23, including new policies in place to keep everyone safe and comfortable during their visit to WAM.

06/11/2020
City of Wichita- Government

Tune in live to Mayor Brandon Whipple’s weekly briefing. We’re discussing reopening plans and recent renovations.

We are anguished over the senseless killing of George Floyd and so many other black lives lost. Alarm and anguish are no...
06/10/2020

We are anguished over the senseless killing of George Floyd and so many other black lives lost. Alarm and anguish are not enough. We can and must do more. As an organization, the Wichita Art Museum commits to examining our practices and commits to change. We are committed to our responsibility toward social justice. We are committed to the values of equity and inclusion. We believe that Black Lives Matter. We will work to ensure that how we champion the arts in the community and in our museum align with that belief. #BlackLivesMatter

Starting June 16, Art Start Goes to Camp (ages 3-5) will shift from on-site class sessions to Art Start in a Bag. Regist...
05/29/2020

Starting June 16, Art Start Goes to Camp (ages 3-5) will shift from on-site class sessions to Art Start in a Bag. Register online and then pick up a FREE bag for your preschooler containing instructions on taking a self-guided Art Start tour at WAM and then concluding at home with an artmaking project.

Color Combinations & Mixing available starting Tuesday, June 16: wichitaartmuseum.org/artstart

Thank you to The Arts Council! We're excited to reopen to visitors on Tuesday, June 23 so they may see our Chihuly Studi...
05/29/2020
The Arts Council

Thank you to The Arts Council! We're excited to reopen to visitors on Tuesday, June 23 so they may see our Chihuly Studio Chandelier and other wonderful works of American art in the galleries.

How lucky are we to have some of these beautiful pieces in Wichita? We can't wait to visit the Wichita Art Museum and see "our Chihulys" in person again soon.

Until then, here's some interesting facts about the genius behind the masterpieces we love so much.

KMUW reporter Nadya Faulx created a list of City of Wichita- Government facilities & their reopening dates. WAM will ope...
05/28/2020
Beginning With Libraries, Court And City Hall, Wichita Slowly Begins To Reopen

KMUW reporter Nadya Faulx created a list of City of Wichita- Government facilities & their reopening dates. WAM will open to the public Tuesday, June 23 (Members will be able to visit starting Tuesday, June 16). Bring your facial covering when you come to the museum as those will be required of visitors.

Libraries, municipal court and Wichita City Hall opened back up to the public on Tuesday, part of the first wave of city-run facilities to begin reopening

The career of Will Barnet, born #OnThisDay in 1911, "spanned many of the great art movements of 20th-century America. In...
05/25/2020

The career of Will Barnet, born #OnThisDay in 1911, "spanned many of the great art movements of 20th-century America. In his early years, Barnet embraced the social realism of the 1930s, making paintings and prints that grappled with the devastating poverty of the Great Depression. In the 1940s and 50s, Barnet turned to abstraction and painted flat, hard-edged geometric shapes that lacked any obvious reference to the observable world. By the early 1960s, however, Barnet had abandoned pure abstraction and returned to depicting the human body—mostly images of his family. He developed a style that would characterize the next 50 years of his career.

"Chess Game" pictures Barnet’s daughter, Ona, in the New York City brownstone the family began renting in the late 1960s. Barnet was fascinated by the 1901 building and used it as the setting for many of his prints and paintings during this period. The artist was particularly interested in the home’s original woodwork—slanting floors, old staircases, bannisters, windows, and doorways. In both his figural and abstract work, Barnet juxtaposed strong verticals with horizontals and curves with right angles.

Image: Will Barnet, "Chess Game," 1973. Oil on canvas, 43 1/4 x 33 inches. Wichita Art Museum, Museum purchase, Friends of the Wichita Art Museum

The New York Times reporter #RobinPogrebin interviewed our director, Dr. Patricia McDonnell, for this story about WAM an...
05/23/2020
The New York Times

The New York Times reporter #RobinPogrebin interviewed our director, Dr. Patricia McDonnell, for this story about WAM and other art museums planning to reopen to visitors. What should visitors expect when our galleries reopen to the public on June 23?

Museums in the U.S. are carefully reopening, with new policies and protocols in place to protect visitors even in states where infections are on the rise.

Address

1400 W Museum Blvd
Wichita, KS
67203

Wichita Transit bus stop north of the museum: Stackman and Pine Stop #17

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(316) 268-4921

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Nestled in the heart of the Museums on the River district just five minutes from downtown in the Riverside neighborhood, the Wichita Art Museum is home to a nationally renowned collection of American art. As the largest art museum in the state of Kansas, WAM houses one of the country’s premier collections with nearly 10,000 works in our permanent collection, including masterpieces by Mary Cassatt and Edward Hopper. The Museum features two dramatic and large-scale works by Seattle glass artist Dale Chihuly. Inspired by the intricate patterns of traditional Persian glass, the Persian Seaform Installation provides a stunning first impression at the Museum’s entrance and hanging in the S. Jim and Darla Farha Great Hall is the Confetti Chandelier.

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Just a quick note to say "thank you" for another outstanding "Elf Interactive" I just keeps getting better every year. but man the mess left behind was reminiscent of the old "Rocky Horror Picture Show" viewings. again, thank you for all of you at the Museum for putting on this amazing event
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One of Okeeffe’ sculptures, “Abstraction.” The void areas inside are as much of the sculpture as the solid parts. I noticed that I could see one of her iconic paintings on the wall behind through the center and use the sculpture to frame it. How cool is this?
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