Wichita Art Museum

Sean Sandefur

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.

Larry Schwarm

KMUW art reviewer Lindsey Herkommer-DeVries looks at a new outdoor display.

Larry Schwarm

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.

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Traveling to see art is one of my greatest pleasures! Whether it’s hunting for Connie Ernatt’s Troll by the river, or jet setting to a far-flung part of the earth, nothing replaces the joy of going and seeing art. 

If you’ve been to the Wichita Art Museum to see the daguerreotype exhibition Photographic Wonders but did not go downstairs, you missed a significant show.

Typically, WAM does a call-and-response structure with the main attraction upstairs and a response show downstairs. But this response show, Five Alchemists: Contemporary Photographers Explore 19th-century Techniques, marks three important landmarks for WAM:

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The Wichita Art Museum has unveiled their newest exhibition Photographic Wonders: American Daguerreotypes from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. A Daguerreotype is one of the earliest forms of photography. Invented in France by Louis Daguerre in 1839, Daguerre revolutionized scientific observation as well as art. He discovered how to fix an image on to a silver plate with out it fading away – something his predecessors had not yet solved.

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When was the last time you saw an art show? I mean really saw. 

The Wichita Art Museum opened its fall exhibition, American Moderns 1910 – 1960: From Georgia O’Keeffe to Norman Rockwell. The show features 57 artworks from the Brooklyn Museum of Art, a museum with a renowned American Art collection.

Permission given by the Wichita Art Museum.

The Wichita Art Museum’s permanent collection has strong holdings in Early Modernism from the United States, with notable artists such as: Edward Hopper, Arthur Dove, John Singleton Copley and Mary Cassatt. But did you know it also has an exceptional collection of American glass?

The majority of the glass holdings are Steuben Glass - a pinnacle of American artisanship. Steuben Glass was founded in 1903 and produced high-end decorative glass for over one hundred years, until its closing in 2012.