Wichita Art Museum Collection Overview
At the heart of the Wichita Art Museum's mission is its distinguished collection. Since the founding of the museum in 1935, the permanent collection has grown to more than 8,000 objects with an emphasis in exceptional American art. Reflecting both the rich cultural heritage of the Great Plains and the broader development of art in America, the majority of the museum's holdings have been acquired via the generosity of individuals—innovators, scholars, dedicated collectors, and museum friends—who have enabled WAM to build its internationally-recognized collection.
All of the works in WAM's collection are available in the online database.
The Roland P. Murdock collection, acquired from 1939 to 1962, is a prized cache of 168 American works across history and media. It includes such remarkable features as three Thomas Eakins paintings, four Edward Hopper paintings, 31 Arthur Dove works, and a set of pendant paintings by John Singleton Copley. Adding strength and depth to this core collection are WAM’s notable holdings in art of the American West with 20 works by Charles Russell, contributed by M.C. and Gwendolyn Naftzger and John and Elsie Naftzger, a growing and distinguished collection of 19th-, 20th-, and now 21st-century glass thanks to a bequest from F. Price Cossman, and a strong collection of Pre-Columbian art established by two Wichita families—Gregory, Haig, and Rima Kurdian, and S.O. and Louise Beren.