The Wichita Art Museum has appointed a new curator to oversee its more than 8,000-piece collection.
Wichita native Tera Hedrick has worked with the museum since 2016, and has served as interim curator since last May.
"Tera exceeded every expectation, so much so that the museum ended its national search and selected her as the WAM curator for the museum’s next chapter,” WAM director Patricia McDonnell said in a statement Friday. “Tera is an extraordinary talent, and we are fortunate to keep her in her hometown of Wichita."
As curator, Hedrick will continue to help shape the museum’s programming, organize exhibitions and engage museum visitors.
Hedrick is a graduate of KU and has taught art history at Wichita State University.
The Wichita Art Museum opened in 1935 and recently celebrated its 80th anniversary. More than 70,000 people visited the museum last year, marking its highest yearly attendance in the past five years.
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