Painter Jack Wilson was recently overlooked for the fine, just-published book Wichita Artists In Their Studios. One or two things may be possible here: Jack Wilson often flies under the radar, and Jack Wilson and his work may be too cool for such a book.
My wife, Taeko, and I include photography in our small art collection at home. I believe photography is often under-appreciated in fine arts circles in America. Thankfully, we have a photographer-artist in Wichita who devotes her life to the fine art of photography. She's Linda K. Robinson, owner of the Midwest Center for Photography, on Franklin Street in Riverside.
I received my monthly art publications in the mail this week and I found myself first rifling through them, looking at images, and identifying all the crap. Maybe I'm just grouchy this week, but I'm sick and bored of "art-as-trend."
Like you, I am a proud Kansan. I have been married for 36 years and have three children with college degrees and children of their own. I vote. I served as a U.S. Marine for 8 years. Like you, I am a Catholic. And, though I do not fit the stereotype, I am an artist.
When I lived away from Wichita and I would come home to visit, I would always take some time and drive Douglas Avenue from Oliver to the river. My beloved Douglas is the artery with the real pulse in Wichita.