3:59 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Wichita State's College Of Fine Arts Honors Five Alumni

International opera stars Sam Ramey and Joyce DiDonato headline the inaugural class of the WSU College of Fine Arts Hall of Fame.

Wichita State University’s College of Fine Arts is honoring five alumni with an induction into its Hall of Fame. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…

This year’s class of inductees have made their impact both locally, and globally.

They include international opera stars Samuel Ramey and Joyce DiDonato, award-winning actor Shirley Knight and graphic designers Sonia Greteman and Bill Gardner. Gardner, who founded and runs Gardner Design, has deep roots in Wichita. He says his father, James, was mayor in the 1950s.

He gives credit for his induction to his co-workers.

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4:47 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

A ‘Feast For The Senses’ Awaits Audiences Of Bluebeard’s Castle

A series of Chihuly glass sculptures designed specifically for the opera, "Bluebeard's Castle." This is only the fifth time they've been used onstage.
Sean Sandefur

This weekend, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra joins legendary bass/baritone and Kansas-native Samuel Ramey for two performances of Bluebeard’s Castle. The one-act opera takes place in a setting of ornate, towering pieces of blown glass. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports….

Intensity looms within the Century II Concert Hall in downtown Wichita. Rehearsals are underway for Bluebeard’s Castle

The powerful opera packs a lot of emotion into the short run time of 60 minutes.

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5:00 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Wichita Dance Studio Celebrates Ruby Anniversary With Dance Show

Dance Magic 2014

One of the oldest community dance studios in Wichita, Amira Dance Productions, will present a special 40th anniversary show this weekend at the historic Orpheum Theatre downtown.

To celebrate this milestone, nearly 90 performers will take the stage, and a slideshow will look back at the studio’s beginnings and its dedicated dancers.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar recently visited the studio to watch a rehearsal.

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5:00 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Photographic Techniques Front And Center At The Wichita Art Museum

Unknown Maker, American. Gold Miners with Sluice, ca. 1850. Daguerreotype, quarter plate, image size: 3 ¼ x 4 ¼ inches. Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., 2005.27.116.
Nelson Gallery Foundation

The Wichita Art Museum has dedicated a large portion of its gallery space to highlighting photographic processes.

A collection of daguerreotypes, on loan from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, officially opens Saturday night. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur toured the collection of 82 images and has this report...


On the second floor of the Wichita Art Museum, curator Lisa Volpe stands just outside of a dark gallery, which houses "Photographic Wonders: American Daguerreotypes from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art."

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5:00 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Arts Council Shifts Mayoral Candidate Forum Location

Credit Hugh Mason / Wikimedia Commons

The Arts Council is moving next week’s mayoral candidate forum to a larger location inside Century II to accommodate a bigger audience. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

All ten mayoral candidates in Wichita have been invited to participate in the forum. Leaders from the Arts Council and other arts organizations are expected to ask the candidates questions about city government’s role in supporting the arts and implementing a comprehensive cultural plan.

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1:35 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Nine Pieces Of Art Stolen From Old Town Gallery

Wichita Artist Josh Tripoli says he won't press charges if thieves return nine pieces of art that were stolen from an art gallery in Old Town.

Tripoli says someone stole the art right off the walls at Murillo Studios. He said the work likely was wrapped in a tapestry and then taken out the door.

KWCH-TV reports the total loss is estimated at $2,500.

7:56 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Author Stephen King Entertains Sold-Out Crowd at WSU

Author Stephen King addresses a crowd at WSU as part of a six-city book tour for his new novel.
Credit Beth Golay

Stephen King’s stop in Wichita Friday night was one of a six-city book tour to promote his newest work of fiction, Revival. Fans waited for hours outside of WSU's Hughes Metropolitan Complex, seemingly oblivious to the cold, going through tight security for a chance to see the author.

Although his clothing was non-descript--khakis, a button-up shirt, and smart brown shoes--there was no mistaking King as he made his way to the stage. His first words to the audience received rousing applause. “I’m wearing my WU Shock,” he said, pointing to the front of his shirt.

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7:30 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Rollin Karg: An Exceptional Artist And Accidental Success

Rollin Karg begins to shape a piece of molten glass.
Credit Abigail Wilson.

The artistic works of local artist Rollin Karg can be found in galleries all over the world. His pieces combine two artistic mediums--sculpted metal and blown glass. Karg says he never knew he was an artist and discovered his talents by accident.

The constant hum of a furnace and the clanking and pounding of metal echo through the air outside of Karg Art Glass. Steel sculptures tower near the edge of the property. Vibrant glass platters decorate the fence--blue, orange, yellow and green--displayed together a moving wave of color.

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5:51 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Friedkin Still Loves 'Sorcerer'

In 1977, movie director William Friedkin was hot off the success of 1971's Oscar-winning The French Connection and 1973's The Exorcist, a massive commercial hit that also pulled in 10 Oscar nominations of its own.

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5:00 am
Wed June 11, 2014

South Pacific - Music Theatre Wichita

Click on the picture above to open slideshow. Pictured: Erin Mackey and Mike McGowan
Courtesy photo

South Pacific is a story about the American military occupation of a pacific island during WWII. It is a love story and a story about prejudice. But must of all it is an enduring musical. The show produced by Music Theatre Wichita opens on Wednesday, June 11  at Century II. KMUW’s Aileen LeBlanc attended a rehearsal . . .

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