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A group of artists and volunteers will be painting new colorful murals in Wichita’s Douglas Design District this weekend--if the weather cooperates.

Sixteen murals are planned for buildings along East Douglas Avenue. An artist collective known as Brickmob will paint a 20-foot mural featuring a brain over a corner of the Alzheimer’s Association building.

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African-American professional artists from across the country will take part in a rare visit to Kansas. Their appearance and exhibit are scheduled for Friday at Wichita State University as part of Black History Month programming.

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Three museums in Wichita are displaying the work of artist Gordon Parks starting this month. A notable author, filmmaker and musician, the Kansas native is most famous for his photographs, which documented poverty and segregation during the civil rights movement.. 

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A collection of unique and finely crafted papercuts are currently on display at the Reuben Saunders Gallery in Wichita. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson visited with artist Clark Britton to learn more about him and the reason he has waited so long to display his tiny paper creations.

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A collection of documentary photographs from 1974 is currently on display at the Wichita Art Museum. Black and white images of farmers, haystacks and shop fronts provide a look at rural Kansas as seen through the lens of three photographers. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur visited the gallery with one of those artists and has this report.


Double Digits is a new documentary film about a Wichita man who's been making films inside his studio apartment for some time now. KMUW's Jedd Beaudoin caught up with the man at the center of the story recently and has more.

Richard “RG” Miller has been making films since 1979. If you haven’t heard of pictures such as The Mask Man or Rio Comanche, it’s probably because Miller’s films have been poorly distributed and mostly seen by his close friends and family.

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The latest art installations at the Wichita Art Museum won’t be found in the galleries inside the building.

Instead, they’re outside, in the newly landscaped grounds that surround the 80-year-old museum downtown.

The two new sculptures and the artistic landscape design are the foundation for the museum’s new “Art Garden,” which opens Saturday.

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The Wichita Art Museum is marking a big milestone on Tuesday: its 80th anniversary.

The Wichita Art Museum (WAM) opened its doors at exactly 3 p.m. on Sept. 22, 1935.

The city of Wichita built the museum to house an American art collection donated to the city by the Murdock family.

Museum Director Patricia McDonnell says they have been marking the 80th anniversary all year, but will ramp up their special activities this fall.

The Wichita Center for the Arts will be moving to a brand new building thanks to a sizable donation by the Koch Foundations.

In total, the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation is gifting the Wichita Center for the Arts $6 million. That’s in addition to the Charles Koch Foundation donating 17 acres of land that’s worth about $4.5 million.

KMUW is moving to Old Town!

Help the Old Town Association welcome us to the neighborhood with our free concert series--three weekends, three concerts: September 26, October 3, and October 10.

  • Sept 26: A Terra Plana, William Flynn Trio, WSU Student Jazz Combos
  • Oct 3: Roxy Roca, Crushed Out, Feral Foster, The Comfort Revue
  • Oct 10: Nick Schnebelen Band, The Macy Brothers 

Shows start at 7 p.m. each night in the Farm and Art Market Plaza, with after-parties following at Barleycorn's.