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Wichita Art Museum, Wichita

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The Wichita Art Museum is an art museum located in Wichita, Kansas, United States.
The museum was established in 1915, when Louise Caldwell Murdock’s Will which created a trust to start the Roland P. Murdock Collection of art in memory of her husband. The trust would purchase art for the City of Wichita by “American painters, potters, sculptors, and textile weavers.” The collection includes works by Mary Cassatt, Arthur G. Dove, Thomas Eakins, Robert Henri, Douglas Abdell, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, John Marin, Paul Meltsner, Horace Pippin, Maurice Prendergast, Albert Pinkham Ryder and Charles Sheeler. The Museum's lobby features a ceiling and chandelier made by Dale Chihuly.

The museum opened in 1935 with art borrowed from other museums. The first work in the Murdock Collection was purchased in 1939. Mrs. Murdock's friend, Elizabeth Stubblefield Navas, selected and purchased works of American art for the Murdock Collection until 1962. The building was enlarged with a new lobby and two new wings in 1963. In 1964, a foundation was established for the purpose of raising funds for new acquisitions. In the 1970s, the city built a new and larger climate controlled facility. In 2003, the museum finished another expansion project giving the building a total of 115,000 square feet (10,700 m2). The current building was designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes.

Tera Hedrick, an art historian and Wichita East High School graduate, was hired as curator in 2017 after serving in an interim role.
In January 2020, the museum announced that it would begin renovation on its main entrance and lobby.
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  • Very nice and well organized museum featuring some very good American artists. The exhibits flow nicely and the art is not just all jammed together. The Steuben glass exhibit is really nice as is... 
    Very nice and well organized museum featuring some very good American artists. The exhibits flow nicely and the art is not just all jammed together. The Steuben glass exhibit is really nice as is...  more »
  • The Chihuly glass was delightful, and the special exhibit of Art Deco was excellent! The permanent collection was just so-so, but fine. We had lunch here at the Muse Café, and it was hopping! It... 
    The Chihuly glass was delightful, and the special exhibit of Art Deco was excellent! The permanent collection was just so-so, but fine. We had lunch here at the Muse Café, and it was hopping! It...  more »
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  • Attended alone for a delightfully serene experience. Some wonderful pieces of art, excellent value for money, and a lovely lady on the front desk made for a thoroughly enjoyable couple of hours. Museum shop is outstanding as well. Will definitely return next time I'm in Wichita.
  • This place is awesome it has so much art, history and culture. Definitely check it out. The best thing too is it's free on Saturdays.

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