Heritage of the West: Charles M. Russell

Wichita Art Museum 1400 West Museum Boulevard, Wichita

Charles Russell was one of the great painters of the American West. With little formal training but much firsthand experience of his subject, he captured the western landscape in all of its wild and nostalgic moments. In 1880, when he was only 16, Russell went to Montana for the first time to work on a […]

Pre-Columbian Art and Artifacts from the Museum’s Collection

Wichita Art Museum 1400 West Museum Boulevard, Wichita

Wichita Art Museum's unique collection of Pre-Columbian art and artifacts was collected by Haig Kurdian between 1954-1959 during expeditions into Mexico and Costa Rica. The collection is mostly pottery, a few pieces of metal, carved shells, and precious stones. In Mesoamerican culture, pottery was appreciated as an artistic medium--a way people could express emotions and […]

An American Salon: 19th-century Paintings from the Wichita Art Museum’s Permanent Collection

Wichita Art Museum 1400 West Museum Boulevard, Wichita

The term salon style derives from the exhibition of the French Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, which began in 1667 in Paris. In order to display work by all the Academy's students, the paintings were hung as close as possible from floor to ceiling. In the nineteenth century, this salon-style hanging became increasingly popular […]

No Idle Hands: Treasures from the Americana Collection at the Wichita Art Museum

Wichita Art Museum 1400 West Museum Boulevard, Wichita

No Idle Hands gives museum visitors a chance to view the art and artifacts that reflect daily life in America's early history. The exhibition features highlights from WAM's newly acquired collection of more than 450 works of American folk art, including some of the best furniture, samplers, hunting decoys and lures, and corner store paraphernalia […]

Catching Light: Selections from the Wichita Art Museum’s Burnstein Collection

Wichita Art Museum 1400 West Museum Boulevard, Wichita

Dr. Robert Burnstein, a Detroit psychiatrist, began collecting glass in the 1980s. He was attracted to American glass of the 19th and 20th centuries because, as he stated, "it was a time when handcrafted expertise and precision craftsmanship were the benchmarks of the American glass industry." Soon he came to find that among American companies, […]