Upcoming Exhibitions

Photo by Larry Schwarm of artist Bob Schwan's studio for the book Wichita Artists in Their Studios by author Sondra Langel

Foot in the Door

Foot in the Door celebrates the artists who call Wichita home. Featuring the work of hundreds of Wichita artists--young and old, professional and emerging--the exhibition showcases 12x12-inch artworks--from paintings and prints to drawings and reliefs.

Artworks were accepted on a first come, first serve basis from Wichita artists eager to get their "foot in the door" at the Wichita Art Museum. Organized in a large grid in the museum's Ross/Ritchie galleries, the exhibition is a visual testament to the depth and richness of Wichita's artistic talent.

Staged in conjunction with the Wichita Art Museum's 85th Anniversary, "the exhibition is an opportunity to recognize Wichita artists and make them feel welcomed and loved at their art museum. They are critical to the lifeblood at WAM," says director Dr. Patricia McDonnell.

Come see the spunky display and learn who got their "foot in the door" at WAM!

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Coming In 2021
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William H. Johnson, Sowing, about 1940. Oil on burlap, 38 1/2 x 45 3/4 inches. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C., Gift of the Harmon Foundation
African American Art in the 20th Century: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond

African American Art in the 20th Century: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, presents nearly 50 paintings and sculptures by 34 African American artists. These masterpieces explore everyday American themes as well as those specific to the African American experience, including the struggle for economic and civil rights, the beauties and hardships of life in rural and urban America, and the power of art and music. Created in moments of significant social and political change—from the 1920s jazz age to the 1960s civil rights movement and beyond—each work dazzles visually while also shedding light on the complex American story.

The exhibition features artworks by leading 20th-century artists Romare Bearden, Sam Gilliam, Jacob Lawrence, Lois Mailou Jones, Hale Woodruff, and others.

African American Art in the 20th Century is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum’s traveling exhibition program, Treasures to Go.

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Richard Marquis, Ruby Heart Teapot, 1980. Blown glass, murrine technique; 5 x 6 x 5 inches. Image courtesy of the artist

Richard Marquis: Keepers

Richard Marquis: Keepers is a late career survey of a towering figure in the Studio Glass movement. Richard Marquis is known for extraordinary technique, comic sensibility, bold innovations, and iconoclastic spirit.

In his 50-year career, he has consistently been gleefully inventive and unfailingly smart. His work is collected and exhibited world-wide. The 119 objects in the exhibition are chosen from the artist’s own comprehensive archives of his art from the 1960s to the present. Marquis calls these pieces his “keepers.”

This retrospective exhibition was organized by the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, in partnership with the Wichita Art Museum and guest curated by Seattle-based curator Vicki Halper. The galleries will be thematically arranged and include areas of his work that have rarely been exhibited, including ceramics and prints.

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