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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It's true! Tomorrow and Sunday are the last days you have to experience this immersive, multi-sensory exhibition. "Prest...
01/15/2021
Preston Singletary Glass

It's true! Tomorrow and Sunday are the last days you have to experience this immersive, multi-sensory exhibition. "Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight" tells the story of Raven, a bird spirit whose fantastical journey transforms darkness into light. Gallery hours tomorrow are 10am to 5pm & noon to 5pm Sunday.

Last chance! See the "Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight" exhibition at the Wichita Art Museum before it closes on January 17th. Can't make it in person? View a special exhibition tour narrated by Preston Singletary, courtesy of WAM, now at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qy_WIrfWG38

This exhibition travels to the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian in early 2022.

The Big Read - Wichita kicks off here on Saturday morning with The Big Little Read. Get your free, takeaway artmaking ac...
01/07/2021

The Big Read - Wichita kicks off here on Saturday morning with The Big Little Read. Get your free, takeaway artmaking activities & supplies that pair with this year's book selections. Available from 10am-5pm at the Welcome Desk while supplies last!

Will you still be shopping tomorrow? Don't miss out on the fabulous finds in our Museum Store. Stop by anytime from 11am...
12/22/2020

Will you still be shopping tomorrow? Don't miss out on the fabulous finds in our Museum Store. Stop by anytime from 11am-4pm & you'll find plenty of gift ideas in all sizes and price ranges. We have complimentary gift packaging, too! #shoplocal #ilovewichita

Wichita Eagle
12/18/2020
Wichita Eagle

Wichita Eagle

Things for the family to do over winter break in the Wichita area.

Free is good, especially when it's free admission on Saturdays for everyone, thanks to Colby Sandlian of Sandlian Realty...
12/18/2020

Free is good, especially when it's free admission on Saturdays for everyone, thanks to Colby Sandlian of Sandlian Realty.

Have you seen "Foot in the Door," the exhibition featuring 570 works of art by local artists?
12/16/2020

Have you seen "Foot in the Door," the exhibition featuring 570 works of art by local artists?

Do you have a preschooler at home? Know someone who does? Art Start registration is now open for Winter/Spring 2021 & is...
12/16/2020

Do you have a preschooler at home? Know someone who does? Art Start registration is now open for Winter/Spring 2021 & is FREE for kids ages 3-5 + their parents/chaperones. Sessions offered Tuesdays at 10:30 am & 1:30 pm starting next month. Read our COVID-19 safety measures: wichitaartmuseum.org/artstart

Writer Foggy Mommy highlights WAM & other City of Wichita- Government / Sedgwick County Government attractions on her Re...
12/11/2020
The Best Winter Destination in Every State

Writer Foggy Mommy highlights WAM & other City of Wichita- Government / Sedgwick County Government attractions on her Reader's Digest list of the best winter destinations in every state. So proud of Visit Wichita for making her list!

Whether you're looking for fun in the snow or an escape from the cold, find your perfect spot for a winter getaway.

We're thrilled to be partnering with mama.film on this exciting new version of Sundance Film Festival! Check wichitaartm...
12/08/2020
mama.film

We're thrilled to be partnering with mama.film on this exciting new version of Sundance Film Festival! Check wichitaartmuseum.org in the coming weeks for event details.

"The next edition of Sundance Film Festival will take place in Park City, Utah — and New York, and Ohio, and Tennessee, and ❤️Kansas❤️, and California, and Florida."

Sundance Film Festival is coming to you in 2021. We’re excited to announce that we’re an official #SundanceSatellite screen! Join us January 28 - February 3 at the mama.film microcinema The LUX, at Groover Labs and at Wichita Art Museum. More information coming soon and at sundance.org

We are SOLD OUT of goodie bags! Many thanks to Movie Maniac: Rod Pocowatchit for including Elf Goodie Bags in his column...
11/30/2020
Wichita Eagle

We are SOLD OUT of goodie bags! Many thanks to Movie Maniac: Rod Pocowatchit for including Elf Goodie Bags in his column Friday. And many, many thanks to Wichita's Elf fans for supporting WAM!

AMC theaters nationwide have started a campaign where anyone can rent a theater.

Visit Wichita is right--WAM memberships are loaded with benefits and make great gifts because they last all year long!
11/30/2020
Visit Wichita

Visit Wichita is right--WAM memberships are loaded with benefits and make great gifts because they last all year long!

This year, Wichita small businesses need your help more than ever. Instead of shopping with big online retailers for Cyber Monday, keep your holiday shopping dollars local!

Get gift-giving inspiration from this list of more than 7️⃣5️⃣ ways to shop locally online. https://bit.ly/2JgpvO4 🎁📱 #ILoveWichita #shoplocal #ictstrong

11/27/2020

Will you be out shopping this weekend? #ShopLocal & visit the Museum Store from 11am-4-pm for unique gift ideas for all ages. Gift packaging available. Don't know what to buy? WAM gift cards are an artful way to give! Remember: WAM members receive 10% off Store purchases

11/24/2020

#ShopLocal during the holidays & remember your Museum Store purchases support WAM programs & exhibitions. November 29 is Museum Store Sunday with 20% off select jewelry. Gift packaging available. #shopict

Need a reason to visit WAM? Two FREE days of admission right after Thanksgiving during Winter Art Mania, sponsored by Cr...
11/23/2020

Need a reason to visit WAM? Two FREE days of admission right after Thanksgiving during Winter Art Mania, sponsored by Crossfirst Bank & IMA Financial Group, Inc. 11am-3pm Fri & Sat w/Kahoot scavenger hunt & Lamphouse Photo Booth Co. pics. Bring $ for Sunflower Espresso Wichita: wichitaartmuseum.org/artmania

Looking for a weekend brunch spot? @The Muse Cafe  has a new menu, new cocktails & new safety protocols, including limit...
11/21/2020

Looking for a weekend brunch spot? @The Muse Cafe has a new menu, new cocktails & new safety protocols, including limited capacity & requiring facial coverings until guests are seated. Ask about daily lunch/brunch specials. Reservations: 316-268-4973.
wichitaartmuseum.org/cafe

11/21/2020

Looking for inspired gifts this holiday season? Shop local at the Museum Store--we can help! From Hot Sox to ZSISKA jewelry to Cubebot, you have many options in all prices ranges. Complimentary gift packaging available. Not sure what to buy? Museum Store cards are perfectly sized for everyone on your gift-giving list

We love that building! Want to learn more about Louise Caldwell Murdock, who built it in 1907 as the city's first skyscr...
11/18/2020

We love that building! Want to learn more about Louise Caldwell Murdock, who built it in 1907 as the city's first skyscraper? Visit WAM's exhibition "A Tale of Two Women" in the DeVore Gallery.

What is your favorite part of Wichita?
📸: @wichitamoms

Are you a huge fan of "The Queen's Gambit?" Daily Mail called this Netflix series the best show of the year. Fun fact: t...
11/16/2020

Are you a huge fan of "The Queen's Gambit?" Daily Mail called this Netflix series the best show of the year. Fun fact: the cover of the 1983 book by Walter Tevis features a girl playing chess. The artist is Will Barnet, and WAM has a similar work by Barnet titled "Chess Game," currently on view in the 2nd-floor galleries. Come see it!

Wichita Art Museum's cover photo
11/09/2020

Wichita Art Museum's cover photo

The Arts Council
11/03/2020

The Arts Council

CALL FOR ARTISTS!

The City of Wichita- Government Division of Arts and Cultural Services is launching a Public Artist Registry web page to serve as a resource to aid architects and developers in connecting with art consultants and artists when working on City projects.

Local, regional, state and national artists who have experience working on large scale public projects are encouraged to apply for inclusion at https://lfforms.wichita.gov/Forms/ArtistRegistry.

Learn more at wichita.gov/Arts/Registry.

Sincere apologies to everyone who registered for last night's Virtual Howard E. Wooden Lecture: Lindsay Cook but wasn't ...
10/30/2020

Sincere apologies to everyone who registered for last night's Virtual Howard E. Wooden Lecture: Lindsay Cook but wasn't able to log on due to the event reaching Zoom's capacity. We were under the impression the event would accommodate 300 participants, but only 100 were allowed into the presentation. The good news is that Kent Audio Visual recorded Dr. Cook's talk, and they're working on the video so we may post it to WAM's YouTube Channel: youtube.com/wichitaartmuseum

Final week! See the exhibition "Telling a Story: Woodblock Prints by Clare Leighton, JJ Lankes and Herschel Logan" befor...
10/28/2020

Final week! See the exhibition "Telling a Story: Woodblock Prints by Clare Leighton, JJ Lankes and Herschel Logan" before it closes at 5 pm this Sunday, November 1. These three artists are united by their ability to relate intricate and compelling stories in deceptively simple black-and-white images. Remember: Saturday admission is free to everyone, thanks to Colby Sandlian of Sandlian Realty.

WAM is proud to partner with Wichita Public Schools on arts education. See more resources at wichitaartmuseum.org/teache...
10/08/2020

WAM is proud to partner with Wichita Public Schools on arts education. See more resources at wichitaartmuseum.org/teachers

Wichita is lucky to have a dynamic #artsed community. Wichita Public Schools values the arts and gives our kids a foundation in creativity that will last a lifetime. We are looking forward to strengthening our ties to arts education with our rebooted Youth Arts Council, which will be made up of students from area public and private high schools.

Extracurricular community arts education for all ages is available from many local organizations, including CityArts Mark Arts The Art Park Wichita Art Museum Arts Partners Wichita Music Theatre Wichita Mid-America All-Indian Museum Wichita Youth Symphony City of Wichita Park & Recreation Ballet Wichita Music Theatre for Young People and more.

📷: Americans for the Arts Today’s #ShowYourArt2020 theme is Arts + Learning. It should not surprise you that the arts are part of a well-rounded education, but it’s more than that: The arts can bring about a number of positive outcomes for students, and support for arts education in our schools is nearly unanimous across the country.

Yet when schools face a budget shortfall, funding for the arts is frequently the first cut. Access to arts education also is not equitable, with studies showing that BIPOC students earn fewer fine arts credits than white students, and students with disabilities, in poverty, or with limited English proficiency do not get the same arts opportunities in school.

This is why we advocate for more and equitable access to arts education, in every school, every day. These 10 fast facts about arts education can help you advocate for arts ed in your schools and community, too: blog.americansforthearts.org/2020/09/18/10-newer-arts-education-fast-facts.

#NAHM #ShowYourArt2020 #ArtsAndLearning #ArtsEducation #ArtsEd #BecauseOfArtsEd

Will you spend this weekend in your studio? Creating a work of art for the "Foot in the Door" exhibition? Remember your ...
09/25/2020

Will you spend this weekend in your studio? Creating a work of art for the "Foot in the Door" exhibition? Remember your hardware! Use taut, braided wire, secured with screw eyes or d-rings approximately 1/3 down from the top of the artwork. No saw-tooth hangers or other devices.

Will you spend this weekend in your studio? Creating a work of art for the "Foot in the Door" exhibition? Remember your ...
09/25/2020

Will you spend this weekend in your studio? Creating a work of art for the "Foot in the Door" exhibition? Remember your hardware! Use taut, braided wire, secured with screw eyes or d-rings approximately 1/3 down from the top of the artwork. No saw-tooth hangers or other devices.

ICYMI: The Wichita Eagle's Arts & Culture section last month featured "Coffee & Cocktails," a show pairing "the accessor...
09/24/2020
Exhibit shows history of social drinking in Wichita and fashions the women wore

ICYMI: The Wichita Eagle's Arts & Culture section last month featured "Coffee & Cocktails," a show pairing "the accessories of ritual drinking with fashions worn by Wichita women who gathered for teatime, coffee klatches and cocktails." The exhibition is the collaborative work of WAM & the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Hurry in to see "Coffee & Cocktails" as the show closes at 5pm Sunday!

"It wasn’t just a bunch of rowdy cowboys and scruffy trappers who lived here, there was an element of sophistication.”

Wichita Artists: make sure you get your "Foot in the Door." Registration is still open & no entry fee: wichitaartmuseum....
09/23/2020
Good Day Kansas

Wichita Artists: make sure you get your "Foot in the Door." Registration is still open & no entry fee: wichitaartmuseum.org/footinthedoor

The Wichita Art Museum is calling on all #localartist to become a part of the art museum's community art exhibition that will open in October. The last day to register is Monday, Sept. 28. Jillian and Josh have all the details down below.
#BringingKansasToYou
https://www.ksn.com/gooddaykansas/wichita-art-museum-foot-in-the-door/

We have a new Curator of Education! Meet Mathew Buckingham, who starts at WAM on October 19. This long-time Wichitan com...
09/21/2020

We have a new Curator of Education! Meet Mathew Buckingham, who starts at WAM on October 19. This long-time Wichitan comes to the museum after retiring from Wichita Public Schools. He taught art at all grade levels at Buckner Performing Arts Magnet Elementary School and most recently at Wichita South High School. He also served as an adjunct instructor in Art Education in the WSU School of Art, Design and Creative Industries in the Wichita State University College of Fine Arts at Wichita State University. His academic credentials includes a bachelor's degree in painting and art education from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in Education Administration and Supervision from Wichita State. Welcome, Mat!

Will you spend this weekend in your studio? Creating a work of art for the "Foot in the Door" exhibition opening next mo...
09/18/2020

Will you spend this weekend in your studio? Creating a work of art for the "Foot in the Door" exhibition opening next month? Remember your hardware! Use taut, braided wire, secured with screw eyes or d-rings approximately 1/3 down from the top of the artwork. No saw-tooth hangers or other devices.

Do you want to get your foot in the door at WAM?
09/17/2020

Do you want to get your foot in the door at WAM?

The Wichita Art Museum is calling on local artists for their next exhibition. Deadline Sept 28. Details at wichitaartmuseum.org/footinthedoor

Thanks to Jordan Kirtley from KMUW for including our Drop-In Sculpture Tour in the Art Garden & Yoga on the Lawn on her ...
09/17/2020
Next Best Thing: Outdoor Smorgasbord

Thanks to Jordan Kirtley from KMUW for including our Drop-In Sculpture Tour in the Art Garden & Yoga on the Lawn on her list for this Saturday. Both events are free and open to the public, and there's plenty of room for social distancing in the Art Garden.

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

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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

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(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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Elf Interactive lives on. The bags were perfect
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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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