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The Wichita Art Museum is an art museum located in Wichita, Kansas, United States.[1]

Wichita Art Museum
Wichita Art Museum.jpg
Established1915 (opened 1935)
Location1400 West Museum Blvd,
Wichita, KS 67203 USA[1]
Coordinates37°41′42″N 97°21′23″W / 37.69500°N 97.35639°W / 37.69500; -97.35639Coordinates: 37°41′42″N 97°21′23″W / 37.69500°N 97.35639°W / 37.69500; -97.35639
DirectorPatricia McDonnell
CuratorTera Hedrick (interim)
Websitewichitaartmuseum.org

The museum was established in 1915, when Louise 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[2], Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Yasuo Kuniyshoi, 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 115,000 total square feet.

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  1. ^ a b Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) details for Wichita Art Museum; United States Geological Survey (USGS); December 8, 2008.
  2. ^ "Wichita Art Museum to celebrate opening of $3.5 million Art Garden with a day of activities". The Wichita Eagle.

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