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Art of Fire: Glass Art from the WAM Collection
04/04/2015 to 03/05/2016Re-imagined anew and opening in April, the museum presents a compelling arrangement of the distinguished and growing glass art collection. for the new display, the museum consulted with Seattle-based independent curator and craft scholar Vicki Halper. Notably, Halper curated WAM's popular 2014 summer exhibition, Australian Glass Art, American Links for the Museum of Glass. Revealing WAM's rich holdings, the variety, quality, and artistry of Steuben glass will be presented. In fascinating ways, the exquisite work of the Steuben Glass Works, the world-class glass manufacturer (1903-2011), continues to beguile and inspire artists. The new installation will acknowledge and examine how contemporary glass artists explore the continuing allure and legacy of Steuben. Magnificent work by such living artists as Dante Marioni and Kiki Smith will be on view. The new collection display also features a new commission - an elaborate, Steuben-inspired candelabrum - by glass artist Andy Paiko. This special work will be effervescent! It incorporates an abundantly enthusiastic array of forms and techniques first developed by Steuben. Paiko's tapering candle holders that hang gracefully from the central form, each demonstrate the Steuben "air-twist" technique, perfected by designer George Thompson. The cinched, bell-shaped forms of the upper part of the large-scale candle holder are typical of Thompson's designs. WAM's collection includes original sketches by Thompson during his time working for Steuben, making Paiko's re-imagining of Thompson's forms particularly relevant to the collection. If you haven't spent time in the museum's glass art galleries recently, you should visit soon and prepare to be impressed by the beauty and history of this special artform!
Art Start Families: Prints and Poems
04/07/2015 to 04/28/2015Veggies are good for you to eat, but they're also great for making prints. We will look at an artist who created prints of the Kansas landscape, hear some poetry about the Prairie, and make fantastic prints of our own. Come learn a new technique with us! A multi-faceted curriculum, Art Start engages preschoolers ages 3 to 5 in explorations of works of art in the galleries and artmaking activities that emphasize the State of Kansas early learning standards. Art Start family sessions are offered Tuesdays at 10 am and 1:30 pm. Group sessions are Thursdays and Fridays at 10 am and 1:30 pm. Sessions are free for WAM members and children ages 3-5 with their parent/guardian; $3 admission is charged for children ages 6 and older. Children under 3 should be in a stroller or front pack. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED, and cancellations must be made a day in advance. Email education@wichitaartmuseum.org to reserve your spot.
Art We Love
03/07/2015 to 07/19/20152015 marks the 80th anniversary of the Wichita Art Museum. To celebrate this milestone, Art We Love is a series of three exhibitions across the year that will feature works of art chosen by a cross-section of people who call Wichita home. In addition to the selection by guest community curators, each presentation of Art We Love will feature one artwork selected by popularity vote online. Benefactor Louise Caldwell Murdock gave a bequest to found the art museum and build its collection - for the Wichita community. This special series continues and honors her vision by inviting community members to come behind-the-scenes and choose a favorite artwork to share with the public. The first Art We Love installment features works of art from WAM's collection chosen by: Sarah Bagby, Watermark Books owner Emily Compton, Goodwill Industries of Kansas president Larry Hatteberg, photojournalist Jayne Milburn, WAM board member emeritus Armando Minjarez, Wichita artist and community activist Randy Regier, Wichita artist Lily Wu, KAKE Channel 10 reporter and Wichita Asian Festival president
Chipping the Block, Painting the Silk: The Color Prints of Norma Bassett Hall
02/21/2015 to 07/12/2015Guest-curated by Dr. Joby Patterson, Chipping the Block is the first one-woman exhibition of Norma Bassett Hall's work since her death in 1957. Born in Oregon, artist Norma Bassett Hall studied at the Portland Art Association and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1922 she married Arthur Hall, who had been a fellow student at the Art Institute, and the couple settled in El Dorado Kansas. It was during these early years in Kansas that Bassett Hall explored the artistic possibilities of woodblock printing. 1930 marked the launch of the Prairie Print Makers, with Bassett Hall as the only female founding member. In her work, Hall employed line, color, and pattern with delicate skill, using up to seven blocks for each print.
Fisch Haus Tuesday Night Jazz Series
04/07/2015 to 04/28/2015The 12th annual Tuesday night jazz series celebrates International Jazz Month with a roster of diverse and eclectic acts. Join us every Tuesday night, as well as the 28th of April, for a special Jazz Day celebration!
Five Alchemists: Contemporary Photographers Explore 19th-Century Techniques
02/07/2015 to 05/31/2015As the technical revolution of digital photography explodes, some artists have turned away from the speed and ease of digital imagining. The five artists chosen for this exhibition--David Emitt Adams, Jody Ake, Ethan Turpin, Heidi Kirkpatrick, and Eric Mertens--explore previously abandoned forms of chemical photography. Going back to 19th-century manuals, these artists rediscover and reinterpret the techniques and magic of photography's pioneers for today's world. On view in the Paul Ross Gallery and Scott and Carol Ritchie Gallery.
Japanese Woodblock Print Exhibition from the Permanent Collection of WCFTA
02/07/2015 to 06/07/2015This exhibit features Japanese Prints which were donated to WCFTA by Elsie Allen and several others. It will run concurrently with the Wichita Art Museum’s Prairie Print Makers Exhibition featuring the work of Norma Bassett Hall. A catalog of the WCFTA exhibition will be available for purchase at the Center. This catalog was written and generously donated by Barbara Thompson, in memory of her grandfather, Prairie Print Maker C.A. Seward. The Allen House Museum and Study Center provided the Allen House photograph and research materials based on Frank Lloyd Wright’s visit to Wichita in 1935 where he sold Japanese prints through the auspices of the Wichita Art Association for the catalog. Howard W. Ellington, Director of Architectural Programs and the Frank Lloyd Wright Study Center, which is now located at WCFTA, coordinated with Barbara Thompson on the exhibition and catalog
National Fiber Directions Exhibition 2015 at Wichita Center for the Arts
03/27/2015 to 05/10/2015Opening Reception: Friday, March 27, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Complimentary Light Hors d’oeuvres and Cash Bar This is a national exhibition showcasing the art of fiber. This year’s exhibition juror is Barbara Shapiro, San Francisco, CA.
Noontime Brown Bag Program - Rochelle Chambers
04/21/2015 to 04/21/2015Rochelle Chambers, the singer known as "Tulsa's Favorite Songstress" will be performing at the Coutts' Brown Bag Program Tuesday, April 21 at noon. She has recently moved to Kansas. She started singing at the age of 3, and now wows her audiences with a soulful voice honed in the Pentecostal church. She'll sing a variety of tunes from gospel to blues to country, as well as some old favorite standards. Bring a lunch and join us at noon!
Paint Nite at Oasis Lounge
04/21/2015 to 04/21/2015Drink. Paint. Party! Paint Nite runs social painting events held at local bars and restaurants. All materials are provided, but tickets must be purchased in advance on the PaintNite.com website. Ages 21+ only. Use coupon code PNWICHITA45 to get tickets for only $25!
Photographic Wonders: American Daguerreotypes from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
01/17/2015 to 05/10/2015Wonderful wonder of wonders!!...Here is a revolution in art! This was the American reaction to the invention and introduction of the photographic daguerreotype in 1839. This winter exhibition presents 82 of the best daguerreotypes from the prized collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, now more than 6,500 strong. Wichita museum-goers will explore the advent of photography in these charming, imaginative historical photographs. Daguerreotypes reflect magical bits of reality from a bygone era. Well over a century later, they still hold wonder and appeal. The daguerreotype was at once a science and an art, a documentary tool and a charged emblem of emotion and memory. Very early daguerreotypes are enchanting but technically crude: exposures took many minutes and the images are relatively faint. Rapid progress was achieved as practitioners explored the invention’s commercial potential, especially its use in portraiture. In 1840–1842, exposure times were reduced from minutes to seconds, and the tones of the images were greatly improved. The potentials of photography as we know it today were explored in the daguerreotypes of the 1840s and 1850s. The Wichita presentation will be a reduced selection from the landmark show that opened the new wing at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in 2007. Hallmark Cards developed a world-class early photography collection of 6,500 works that the company donated to the museum as the Bloch Building opened. The scholarly reception of the exhibition and accompanying catalogue has been resoundingly positive and noted as "an unparalleled historical collection of American photography." Wichita audiences will be so impressed by these gems, the accessible learning, and the creative gallery presentation. This exhibition has been organized by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri.
Pink and Blue Syndrome
04/21/2015 to 04/21/2015The Brown Bag Diversity Discussions are held the first Wednesday of every month. Bring your lunch and an appetite for discussion. Brown Bags allow the WSU community an opportunity to dialogue about specific issues regarding multiculturalism and diversity. For more information contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at (316) 978-3034 or www.wichita.edu/odi.
Prairie Print Makers: Process, Style Meaning
03/14/2015 to 08/16/2015The Prairie Print Makers - the famous Wichita artist group formed in 1930 - produced some of the nation's best -respected fine art prints during the era. The Wichita Art Museum is the proud repository of over 300 prints by this important group. This exhibition explores the different processes and styles embraced by the Prairie Print Makers, especially Japanese woodblock techniques. The show is comprised of work from the museum's collection with a few strategic loans, and it complements the special exhibition of Norma Bassett Hall, the only woman artist among the Prairie Print Makers founders.
Rare Books and Special Collections Exhibit
04/09/2015 to 05/12/2015Visit this exhibit to explore rare editions, historical atlases and maps, antique family bibles and much more.
Special Exhibit: “Mod Rags from Teensville”
03/06/2015 to 05/31/2015Teenage Style of the 1960’s - The years following World War II gave rise to a new level of affluence for American youth. With unprecedented buying power teenagers began creating their own music, clothing, and culture. Local businesses quickly formed to see that these needs were met. Sedgwick County youth were not lagging behind national trends. As members of the rock and roll band The Illusions claimed in 1967: “the East Coast and the West Coast have nothing on us – we’re the Sub Coast.” This exhibit features men’s and women’s clothing and accessories from Wichita boutiques Cricket Alley, Sgt. Pepper’s Parlor, and Yankee Peddler, and stage clothing worn by Mike Daniel of the local rock and roll band The Three Profits (circa 1965), Ron Starkel of the local rock and roll band The Illusions (circa 1968) and Clif Major of the local rock and roll band The Outcasts (circa 1966). On view at the Main Street Entrance.
Temporary "Transcribing History" Exhibit in Rotating Gallery
02/28/2015 to 01/15/2016Sending an email miles away is a piece of cake in this day and age, but the written word experienced many radical changes and developments to get to this point. Over the course of five thousand years, changes in written language and how individuals wrote messages changed how human beings recorded their existence and communicated with each other. The Museum of World Treasures invites you to explore these changes in a new Rotating Gallery exhibit, "Transcribing History: Pictographs, Parchment, and the Printing Press." Visit for a glimpse into the history of an important aspect of any civilization and discover how cuneiform on clay tablets paved the way for text messages on smartphones. Experience how the simple act of writing affects many aspects of everyday life and ultimately provides the power to change the world. The Museum’s Rotating Gallery hosts new temporary exhibits on an annual basis. Each year, our Exhibits Committee selects a Student Curator to research, design, and direct the creation of this exhibit under the guidance of the Museum’s Curator of Exhibits and Research, Tim Howard. This year’s Student Curator, Emily Simon, is a Newman University student studying English and history, with a minor in international studies.
Wildlife Rescue Traveling Exhibit
01/24/2015 to 04/26/2015Witness compelling stories of animal rescue and the dedicated people to preserving some of the world's most interesting and exotic species.
Art of Fire: Glass Art from the WAM Collection
04/04/2015 to 03/05/2016Re-imagined anew and opening in April, the museum presents a compelling arrangement of the distinguished and growing glass art collection. for the new display, the museum consulted with Seattle-based independent curator and craft scholar Vicki Halper. Notably, Halper curated WAM's popular 2014 summer exhibition, Australian Glass Art, American Links for the Museum of Glass. Revealing WAM's rich holdings, the variety, quality, and artistry of Steuben glass will be presented. In fascinating ways, the exquisite work of the Steuben Glass Works, the world-class glass manufacturer (1903-2011), continues to beguile and inspire artists. The new installation will acknowledge and examine how contemporary glass artists explore the continuing allure and legacy of Steuben. Magnificent work by such living artists as Dante Marioni and Kiki Smith will be on view. The new collection display also features a new commission - an elaborate, Steuben-inspired candelabrum - by glass artist Andy Paiko. This special work will be effervescent! It incorporates an abundantly enthusiastic array of forms and techniques first developed by Steuben. Paiko's tapering candle holders that hang gracefully from the central form, each demonstrate the Steuben "air-twist" technique, perfected by designer George Thompson. The cinched, bell-shaped forms of the upper part of the large-scale candle holder are typical of Thompson's designs. WAM's collection includes original sketches by Thompson during his time working for Steuben, making Paiko's re-imagining of Thompson's forms particularly relevant to the collection. If you haven't spent time in the museum's glass art galleries recently, you should visit soon and prepare to be impressed by the beauty and history of this special artform!
Art We Love
03/07/2015 to 07/19/20152015 marks the 80th anniversary of the Wichita Art Museum. To celebrate this milestone, Art We Love is a series of three exhibitions across the year that will feature works of art chosen by a cross-section of people who call Wichita home. In addition to the selection by guest community curators, each presentation of Art We Love will feature one artwork selected by popularity vote online. Benefactor Louise Caldwell Murdock gave a bequest to found the art museum and build its collection - for the Wichita community. This special series continues and honors her vision by inviting community members to come behind-the-scenes and choose a favorite artwork to share with the public. The first Art We Love installment features works of art from WAM's collection chosen by: Sarah Bagby, Watermark Books owner Emily Compton, Goodwill Industries of Kansas president Larry Hatteberg, photojournalist Jayne Milburn, WAM board member emeritus Armando Minjarez, Wichita artist and community activist Randy Regier, Wichita artist Lily Wu, KAKE Channel 10 reporter and Wichita Asian Festival president
Chipping the Block, Painting the Silk: The Color Prints of Norma Bassett Hall
02/21/2015 to 07/12/2015Guest-curated by Dr. Joby Patterson, Chipping the Block is the first one-woman exhibition of Norma Bassett Hall's work since her death in 1957. Born in Oregon, artist Norma Bassett Hall studied at the Portland Art Association and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1922 she married Arthur Hall, who had been a fellow student at the Art Institute, and the couple settled in El Dorado Kansas. It was during these early years in Kansas that Bassett Hall explored the artistic possibilities of woodblock printing. 1930 marked the launch of the Prairie Print Makers, with Bassett Hall as the only female founding member. In her work, Hall employed line, color, and pattern with delicate skill, using up to seven blocks for each print.
Community Night at the Indian Center
09/17/2014 Community Night is a chance for the American Indian community and the public to take part in a variety of activities that are part of the American Indian culture. Community Night is free and everyone is welcome. For more information, call (316) 350-3340.
Cuboctahedron: 14 Artists, 1 Epic Show
04/22/2015 to 05/02/2015Join us on Final Friday to see the WSU Graphic Design Class of 2015 and their epic show featuring the art of fourteen majestic and talented designers: Maria Brown, Sarah Diaz-Rivera, Chris Garcia, Dom Greene, Dayna Hoock, Christina Jacks, Ashlynn Lebeda, Carlos Palomino, Fidel Serrano, Gina Stevenson, Joanna Stock, Lupe Trevino, Joe Worley and Josiah Zimmerman present work that exhibit their individual character, styles, passions and over all design-y creations. Be there or be cube! April 22 - May 2, 2015 Closing reception on April 24, 2015 6pm - 10pm
Five Alchemists: Contemporary Photographers Explore 19th-Century Techniques
02/07/2015 to 05/31/2015As the technical revolution of digital photography explodes, some artists have turned away from the speed and ease of digital imagining. The five artists chosen for this exhibition--David Emitt Adams, Jody Ake, Ethan Turpin, Heidi Kirkpatrick, and Eric Mertens--explore previously abandoned forms of chemical photography. Going back to 19th-century manuals, these artists rediscover and reinterpret the techniques and magic of photography's pioneers for today's world. On view in the Paul Ross Gallery and Scott and Carol Ritchie Gallery.
Hansa Center for Optimum Health - Health Lectures
09/10/2014 to 09/30/2015Hansa Center for Optimum Health offers FREE health lectures every other week by our doctors on a variety of informative topics. A Green Acres box lunch is available for purchase if you sign up the Tuesday before by 10 a.m. Please visit our website at www.hansacenter.com for more information on our clinic and our Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/hansacenter to view previous lectures.
Indian Center's Share Our Culture Series
09/24/2014 The Share Our Culture series takes place every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at the Indian Center, and provides the opportunity to learn in depth about an aspect of American Indian culture.
Japanese Woodblock Print Exhibition from the Permanent Collection of WCFTA
02/07/2015 to 06/07/2015This exhibit features Japanese Prints which were donated to WCFTA by Elsie Allen and several others. It will run concurrently with the Wichita Art Museum’s Prairie Print Makers Exhibition featuring the work of Norma Bassett Hall. A catalog of the WCFTA exhibition will be available for purchase at the Center. This catalog was written and generously donated by Barbara Thompson, in memory of her grandfather, Prairie Print Maker C.A. Seward. The Allen House Museum and Study Center provided the Allen House photograph and research materials based on Frank Lloyd Wright’s visit to Wichita in 1935 where he sold Japanese prints through the auspices of the Wichita Art Association for the catalog. Howard W. Ellington, Director of Architectural Programs and the Frank Lloyd Wright Study Center, which is now located at WCFTA, coordinated with Barbara Thompson on the exhibition and catalog
Meet-The-Artists and Reception: The 2015 MFA Candidates
04/22/2015 to 04/22/2015Join the Ulrich for a reception celebrating the work of four Master of Fine Arts candidates from WSU School of Art, Design, and Creative Industries, the work of Heather Bal (Ceramics), Trisha Coates (Ceramics), Gregory Folken (Printmaking), and Anthony Marshall (Painting). This MFA exhibition represents the culmination of the students’ hard work at WSU, and we’re proud to offer them the experience of exhibiting in a modern and contemporary art museum. Artists will provide a short gallery talk with a welcome from Dr. Royce Smith, Director of the School and Ted Adler, Graduate Coordinator. The Spring 2014 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition is on view in the Ulrich Underground April 25-May 31.
National Fiber Directions Exhibition 2015 at Wichita Center for the Arts
03/27/2015 to 05/10/2015Opening Reception: Friday, March 27, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Complimentary Light Hors d’oeuvres and Cash Bar This is a national exhibition showcasing the art of fiber. This year’s exhibition juror is Barbara Shapiro, San Francisco, CA.
Photographic Wonders: American Daguerreotypes from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
01/17/2015 to 05/10/2015Wonderful wonder of wonders!!...Here is a revolution in art! This was the American reaction to the invention and introduction of the photographic daguerreotype in 1839. This winter exhibition presents 82 of the best daguerreotypes from the prized collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, now more than 6,500 strong. Wichita museum-goers will explore the advent of photography in these charming, imaginative historical photographs. Daguerreotypes reflect magical bits of reality from a bygone era. Well over a century later, they still hold wonder and appeal. The daguerreotype was at once a science and an art, a documentary tool and a charged emblem of emotion and memory. Very early daguerreotypes are enchanting but technically crude: exposures took many minutes and the images are relatively faint. Rapid progress was achieved as practitioners explored the invention’s commercial potential, especially its use in portraiture. In 1840–1842, exposure times were reduced from minutes to seconds, and the tones of the images were greatly improved. The potentials of photography as we know it today were explored in the daguerreotypes of the 1840s and 1850s. The Wichita presentation will be a reduced selection from the landmark show that opened the new wing at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in 2007. Hallmark Cards developed a world-class early photography collection of 6,500 works that the company donated to the museum as the Bloch Building opened. The scholarly reception of the exhibition and accompanying catalogue has been resoundingly positive and noted as "an unparalleled historical collection of American photography." Wichita audiences will be so impressed by these gems, the accessible learning, and the creative gallery presentation. This exhibition has been organized by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri.
Prairie Print Makers: Process, Style Meaning
03/14/2015 to 08/16/2015The Prairie Print Makers - the famous Wichita artist group formed in 1930 - produced some of the nation's best -respected fine art prints during the era. The Wichita Art Museum is the proud repository of over 300 prints by this important group. This exhibition explores the different processes and styles embraced by the Prairie Print Makers, especially Japanese woodblock techniques. The show is comprised of work from the museum's collection with a few strategic loans, and it complements the special exhibition of Norma Bassett Hall, the only woman artist among the Prairie Print Makers founders.
Rare Books and Special Collections Exhibit
04/09/2015 to 05/12/2015Visit this exhibit to explore rare editions, historical atlases and maps, antique family bibles and much more.
Special Exhibit: “Mod Rags from Teensville”
03/06/2015 to 05/31/2015Teenage Style of the 1960’s - The years following World War II gave rise to a new level of affluence for American youth. With unprecedented buying power teenagers began creating their own music, clothing, and culture. Local businesses quickly formed to see that these needs were met. Sedgwick County youth were not lagging behind national trends. As members of the rock and roll band The Illusions claimed in 1967: “the East Coast and the West Coast have nothing on us – we’re the Sub Coast.” This exhibit features men’s and women’s clothing and accessories from Wichita boutiques Cricket Alley, Sgt. Pepper’s Parlor, and Yankee Peddler, and stage clothing worn by Mike Daniel of the local rock and roll band The Three Profits (circa 1965), Ron Starkel of the local rock and roll band The Illusions (circa 1968) and Clif Major of the local rock and roll band The Outcasts (circa 1966). On view at the Main Street Entrance.
Temporary "Transcribing History" Exhibit in Rotating Gallery
02/28/2015 to 01/15/2016Sending an email miles away is a piece of cake in this day and age, but the written word experienced many radical changes and developments to get to this point. Over the course of five thousand years, changes in written language and how individuals wrote messages changed how human beings recorded their existence and communicated with each other. The Museum of World Treasures invites you to explore these changes in a new Rotating Gallery exhibit, "Transcribing History: Pictographs, Parchment, and the Printing Press." Visit for a glimpse into the history of an important aspect of any civilization and discover how cuneiform on clay tablets paved the way for text messages on smartphones. Experience how the simple act of writing affects many aspects of everyday life and ultimately provides the power to change the world. The Museum’s Rotating Gallery hosts new temporary exhibits on an annual basis. Each year, our Exhibits Committee selects a Student Curator to research, design, and direct the creation of this exhibit under the guidance of the Museum’s Curator of Exhibits and Research, Tim Howard. This year’s Student Curator, Emily Simon, is a Newman University student studying English and history, with a minor in international studies.
Wildlife Rescue Traveling Exhibit
01/24/2015 to 04/26/2015Witness compelling stories of animal rescue and the dedicated people to preserving some of the world's most interesting and exotic species.
A Night at the Opera: 2015 Classic Film Series
04/23/2015 to 04/23/2015Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of this Charlie Chaplin classic on 35mm film! Night at the Opera is a 1935 American comedy film starring Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, and Harpo Marx, and featuring Kitty Carlisle, Allan Jones, Margaret Dumont, Sig Ruman, and Walter Woolf King. It was the first film the Marx Brothers made for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer after their departure from Paramount Pictures, and the first after Zeppo left the act. The film was adapted by George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind, and Al Boasberg (uncredited) from a story by James Kevin McGuinness. It was directed by Sam Wood. The 2015 Classic Film Series is presented by Emprise Bank.
Art of Fire: Glass Art from the WAM Collection
04/04/2015 to 03/05/2016Re-imagined anew and opening in April, the museum presents a compelling arrangement of the distinguished and growing glass art collection. for the new display, the museum consulted with Seattle-based independent curator and craft scholar Vicki Halper. Notably, Halper curated WAM's popular 2014 summer exhibition, Australian Glass Art, American Links for the Museum of Glass. Revealing WAM's rich holdings, the variety, quality, and artistry of Steuben glass will be presented. In fascinating ways, the exquisite work of the Steuben Glass Works, the world-class glass manufacturer (1903-2011), continues to beguile and inspire artists. The new installation will acknowledge and examine how contemporary glass artists explore the continuing allure and legacy of Steuben. Magnificent work by such living artists as Dante Marioni and Kiki Smith will be on view. The new collection display also features a new commission - an elaborate, Steuben-inspired candelabrum - by glass artist Andy Paiko. This special work will be effervescent! It incorporates an abundantly enthusiastic array of forms and techniques first developed by Steuben. Paiko's tapering candle holders that hang gracefully from the central form, each demonstrate the Steuben "air-twist" technique, perfected by designer George Thompson. The cinched, bell-shaped forms of the upper part of the large-scale candle holder are typical of Thompson's designs. WAM's collection includes original sketches by Thompson during his time working for Steuben, making Paiko's re-imagining of Thompson's forms particularly relevant to the collection. If you haven't spent time in the museum's glass art galleries recently, you should visit soon and prepare to be impressed by the beauty and history of this special artform!
Art We Love
03/07/2015 to 07/19/20152015 marks the 80th anniversary of the Wichita Art Museum. To celebrate this milestone, Art We Love is a series of three exhibitions across the year that will feature works of art chosen by a cross-section of people who call Wichita home. In addition to the selection by guest community curators, each presentation of Art We Love will feature one artwork selected by popularity vote online. Benefactor Louise Caldwell Murdock gave a bequest to found the art museum and build its collection - for the Wichita community. This special series continues and honors her vision by inviting community members to come behind-the-scenes and choose a favorite artwork to share with the public. The first Art We Love installment features works of art from WAM's collection chosen by: Sarah Bagby, Watermark Books owner Emily Compton, Goodwill Industries of Kansas president Larry Hatteberg, photojournalist Jayne Milburn, WAM board member emeritus Armando Minjarez, Wichita artist and community activist Randy Regier, Wichita artist Lily Wu, KAKE Channel 10 reporter and Wichita Asian Festival president
Beauty School Melodrama
04/02/2015 to 05/23/2015Every year at Mr B's Beauty School of Beauty, the top students compete for the opportunity to win a job working for Mr. B at his beauty salon. This year Barry, Bonnie, Paul, and Pixie are taking part in the three competitions that could make or break their careers as hairstylists. Unfortunately, for two of them, something has gone horribly wrong and their work is being sabotaged. Who is behind these problems? Who is Penny and why did she flunk out of school? Will Barry and Bonnie live happily every after? Make your appointment at Beauty School Melodrama to find out.

Then following intermission enjoy a musical revue full of Top 40 hits and maybe a throwback surprise.

Rated PG-13 for some mild innuendo
Chipping the Block, Painting the Silk: The Color Prints of Norma Bassett Hall
02/21/2015 to 07/12/2015Guest-curated by Dr. Joby Patterson, Chipping the Block is the first one-woman exhibition of Norma Bassett Hall's work since her death in 1957. Born in Oregon, artist Norma Bassett Hall studied at the Portland Art Association and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1922 she married Arthur Hall, who had been a fellow student at the Art Institute, and the couple settled in El Dorado Kansas. It was during these early years in Kansas that Bassett Hall explored the artistic possibilities of woodblock printing. 1930 marked the launch of the Prairie Print Makers, with Bassett Hall as the only female founding member. In her work, Hall employed line, color, and pattern with delicate skill, using up to seven blocks for each print.
Contested Antiquities – Contested Histories: The “City of David” as an Example
04/23/2015 to 04/23/2015Archaeological Sites and the Israeli Occupation The archaeological site of the “City of David” in the East Jerusalem area called Silwan is currently a fiercely contested space, physically, ideologically, and historigraphically. Dr. Rannfrid Thelle will outline the history of this excavation site, from the time of the first European explorers during the Ottoman period, through the British Mandate period, and up to the present. In particular, she will highlight some of the acute ethical questions posed by the present situation, in which Israel has outsourced the management of this antiquities site to a right-wing settler organization (Elad), whose goal is to strengthen the Jewish ties to Jerusalem. Sponsored by The Palestine Study Group and The Department of Women’s Studies and Religion (WSU)
Courtney Maum Author Event
04/23/2015 to 04/23/2015Watermark Books & Cafe will host author Courtney Maum at Abode for a reading and signing of I'm Having So Much Fun Here Without You on Thursday, April 23 at 6:00 pm.
Cuboctahedron: 14 Artists, 1 Epic Show
04/22/2015 to 05/02/2015Join us on Final Friday to see the WSU Graphic Design Class of 2015 and their epic show featuring the art of fourteen majestic and talented designers: Maria Brown, Sarah Diaz-Rivera, Chris Garcia, Dom Greene, Dayna Hoock, Christina Jacks, Ashlynn Lebeda, Carlos Palomino, Fidel Serrano, Gina Stevenson, Joanna Stock, Lupe Trevino, Joe Worley and Josiah Zimmerman present work that exhibit their individual character, styles, passions and over all design-y creations. Be there or be cube! April 22 - May 2, 2015 Closing reception on April 24, 2015 6pm - 10pm
Five Alchemists: Contemporary Photographers Explore 19th-Century Techniques
02/07/2015 to 05/31/2015As the technical revolution of digital photography explodes, some artists have turned away from the speed and ease of digital imagining. The five artists chosen for this exhibition--David Emitt Adams, Jody Ake, Ethan Turpin, Heidi Kirkpatrick, and Eric Mertens--explore previously abandoned forms of chemical photography. Going back to 19th-century manuals, these artists rediscover and reinterpret the techniques and magic of photography's pioneers for today's world. On view in the Paul Ross Gallery and Scott and Carol Ritchie Gallery.
Japanese Woodblock Print Exhibition from the Permanent Collection of WCFTA
02/07/2015 to 06/07/2015This exhibit features Japanese Prints which were donated to WCFTA by Elsie Allen and several others. It will run concurrently with the Wichita Art Museum’s Prairie Print Makers Exhibition featuring the work of Norma Bassett Hall. A catalog of the WCFTA exhibition will be available for purchase at the Center. This catalog was written and generously donated by Barbara Thompson, in memory of her grandfather, Prairie Print Maker C.A. Seward. The Allen House Museum and Study Center provided the Allen House photograph and research materials based on Frank Lloyd Wright’s visit to Wichita in 1935 where he sold Japanese prints through the auspices of the Wichita Art Association for the catalog. Howard W. Ellington, Director of Architectural Programs and the Frank Lloyd Wright Study Center, which is now located at WCFTA, coordinated with Barbara Thompson on the exhibition and catalog
Midwest Winefest
04/23/2015 to 04/25/2015The Midwest Winefest is celebrating 20 years in 2015! Funds raised from Midwest Winefest have totaled more than $4 million dollars which directly go to support the Guadalupe Health Foundation and in turn are used to support their primary beneficiary, Guadalupe Clinic.

Grants from Guadalupe Health Foundation make it possible for Guadalupe Clinic to provide necessary medical treatment and services to those most in need in the Wichita community. The foundation is key to the long-term success and growth of Guadalupe Clinic and the services they provide to the working poor and underserved living among us.
National Fiber Directions Exhibition 2015 at Wichita Center for the Arts
03/27/2015 to 05/10/2015Opening Reception: Friday, March 27, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Complimentary Light Hors d’oeuvres and Cash Bar This is a national exhibition showcasing the art of fiber. This year’s exhibition juror is Barbara Shapiro, San Francisco, CA.
Party for the Planet presented by Meritrust, Westar Energy and Black Hills Energy
04/23/2015 to 04/23/2015We're planning a Party for the Planet to celebrate Earth Day! This FREE environmental fair gives everyone the opportunity to learn how to protect and care for the world we live in. With hands-on activities and interactive exhibits, there are many learning opportunities for children. Activities are geared towards third through fifth grade. Admission is FREE the entire day.
Photographic Wonders: American Daguerreotypes from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
01/17/2015 to 05/10/2015Wonderful wonder of wonders!!...Here is a revolution in art! This was the American reaction to the invention and introduction of the photographic daguerreotype in 1839. This winter exhibition presents 82 of the best daguerreotypes from the prized collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, now more than 6,500 strong. Wichita museum-goers will explore the advent of photography in these charming, imaginative historical photographs. Daguerreotypes reflect magical bits of reality from a bygone era. Well over a century later, they still hold wonder and appeal. The daguerreotype was at once a science and an art, a documentary tool and a charged emblem of emotion and memory. Very early daguerreotypes are enchanting but technically crude: exposures took many minutes and the images are relatively faint. Rapid progress was achieved as practitioners explored the invention’s commercial potential, especially its use in portraiture. In 1840–1842, exposure times were reduced from minutes to seconds, and the tones of the images were greatly improved. The potentials of photography as we know it today were explored in the daguerreotypes of the 1840s and 1850s. The Wichita presentation will be a reduced selection from the landmark show that opened the new wing at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in 2007. Hallmark Cards developed a world-class early photography collection of 6,500 works that the company donated to the museum as the Bloch Building opened. The scholarly reception of the exhibition and accompanying catalogue has been resoundingly positive and noted as "an unparalleled historical collection of American photography." Wichita audiences will be so impressed by these gems, the accessible learning, and the creative gallery presentation. This exhibition has been organized by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri.
Prairie Print Makers: Process, Style Meaning
03/14/2015 to 08/16/2015The Prairie Print Makers - the famous Wichita artist group formed in 1930 - produced some of the nation's best -respected fine art prints during the era. The Wichita Art Museum is the proud repository of over 300 prints by this important group. This exhibition explores the different processes and styles embraced by the Prairie Print Makers, especially Japanese woodblock techniques. The show is comprised of work from the museum's collection with a few strategic loans, and it complements the special exhibition of Norma Bassett Hall, the only woman artist among the Prairie Print Makers founders.
Rare Books and Special Collections Exhibit
04/09/2015 to 05/12/2015Visit this exhibit to explore rare editions, historical atlases and maps, antique family bibles and much more.
Safe Zone LGBTQ Training
04/23/2015 to 04/23/2015The Office of Human Resources and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion invite you to Safe Zone training. This training is a dynamic, interactive session that includes activities and discussion around: inclusive language, the process of coming out, the power of the straight ally, understanding sexual identity, how to respond to homophobic/transphobic incidents, where to go for help and much more. The goal of Safe Zone training is to provide a welcoming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and ally (LGBTQA) persons. Safe Zone establishes an identifiable network of supportive people who can provide support, information and a safe place for LGBTQA persons within the WSU campus community. By attending this training, individuals are committed to being a Safe Zone Ally in which bigotry and discrimination, specifically regarding LGBTQA persons, are not tolerated. Sign up for Safe Zone training online at wichita.edu/odi. For more information contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at (316) 978-3034.
Special Exhibit: “Mod Rags from Teensville”
03/06/2015 to 05/31/2015Teenage Style of the 1960’s - The years following World War II gave rise to a new level of affluence for American youth. With unprecedented buying power teenagers began creating their own music, clothing, and culture. Local businesses quickly formed to see that these needs were met. Sedgwick County youth were not lagging behind national trends. As members of the rock and roll band The Illusions claimed in 1967: “the East Coast and the West Coast have nothing on us – we’re the Sub Coast.” This exhibit features men’s and women’s clothing and accessories from Wichita boutiques Cricket Alley, Sgt. Pepper’s Parlor, and Yankee Peddler, and stage clothing worn by Mike Daniel of the local rock and roll band The Three Profits (circa 1965), Ron Starkel of the local rock and roll band The Illusions (circa 1968) and Clif Major of the local rock and roll band The Outcasts (circa 1966). On view at the Main Street Entrance.
Spring into the Arts Festival
04/23/2015 to 04/26/2015The second annual Spring into the Arts Festival brings 12 special art and music events to Harvey County on April 23-26. Festival events include: * Art & Music in the Heart of Newton: 6-8 p.m. April 23, downtown. Enjoy art demonstrations, musical performances and special activities at downtown businesses during this annual event. Sponsored by the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce. Admission is free. * "Creative Youth: Student Art Show": 6-8 p.m. April 23, Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St., Newton. An exhibit of artwork by homeschool students will open, and bluegrass musician David Schimming will perform. Admission is free. * "The Wizard of Oz": 7:30 p.m., April 23, Newton Fox Theatre, 518 N. Main St., Newton. The historic theater will bring this classic film back to the big screen for the festival's opening night. Admission is $5. Tickets are available at the door. * "The Dining Room": 7:30 p.m. nightly, April 23-25, Krehbiel Auditorium at Bethel College, North Newton. The performing arts students at Bethel College will present their spring drama. Admission is $10. Tickets are available at the door. * Apple Blossom Festival: 5-8 p.m. April 24 on the Newton Presbyterian Manor campus, 1200 E. Seventh St., Newton. Welcome spring during this annual activity that features music, performances and activities for all ages. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children. * "Barn Quilt 101": 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 25, Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St., Newton. If you've wished for one of the personalized, colorful barn quilt squares, here's your chance to create one -- no barn required! This one-day class will offer materials and instruction to create your own to take home. Cost is $50. Class size is limited. Register at 316-284-2749. * Prairiestock Local Music Festival: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 25 at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, 177 W. Hickory, Hesston. Enjoy local artists from genres including acoustic guitar, celtic, folk, indie rock, bluegrass and more. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, dine on tasty food vendor offerings and shop at the FloraKS Native Plant Sale. Admission is $5 for adults. Children 16 and younger get in free. * "Fusion: Music & History": 2-4 p.m. April 25 at the Warkentin House, 211 E. First St., Newton. Chamber musicians will preview the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra's 20th anniversary Summer Music Concert with performances at the historic home. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau. * Sunday Afternoon at the Museum: 2 p.m. April 26 at Kauffman Museum, North Newton. Enjoy Earth Day activities. Admission is free. * Sounds of Spring: 4 p.m. April 26, Shalom Mennonite Church, 800 E. First St., Newton. The Newton Community Children's Choir will perform. Admission is free, but a free will offering will be taken for the choir. * Kansas Mennonite Men's Chorus: 7 p.m. April 26, Memorial Hall at Bethel College, North Newton. Admission to the concert is free.
Temporary "Transcribing History" Exhibit in Rotating Gallery
02/28/2015 to 01/15/2016Sending an email miles away is a piece of cake in this day and age, but the written word experienced many radical changes and developments to get to this point. Over the course of five thousand years, changes in written language and how individuals wrote messages changed how human beings recorded their existence and communicated with each other. The Museum of World Treasures invites you to explore these changes in a new Rotating Gallery exhibit, "Transcribing History: Pictographs, Parchment, and the Printing Press." Visit for a glimpse into the history of an important aspect of any civilization and discover how cuneiform on clay tablets paved the way for text messages on smartphones. Experience how the simple act of writing affects many aspects of everyday life and ultimately provides the power to change the world. The Museum’s Rotating Gallery hosts new temporary exhibits on an annual basis. Each year, our Exhibits Committee selects a Student Curator to research, design, and direct the creation of this exhibit under the guidance of the Museum’s Curator of Exhibits and Research, Tim Howard. This year’s Student Curator, Emily Simon, is a Newman University student studying English and history, with a minor in international studies.
Theatre IV presents "Treasure Island"
04/23/2015 to 04/23/2015Treasure Island Based on the Classic Novel by Robert Louis Stevenson Book, Music and Lyrics by Paul Deiss Enjoy this Faithful retelling of an American classic novel. Follow Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver on an adventure of pirates and treasure. (Most appreciated by Grades 2 – 8) Family Ties, History, Language Arts, Literary Classic, Music, Reading
Wichita Jazz Festival: Matt Otto Quartet and Addison Frei
04/23/2015 to 04/23/2015Don't miss this Wichita Jazz Festival performance in the stunning setting of the S. Jim and Darla Farha Great Hall featuring Kansas native and pianist Addison Frei along with the Matt Otto Quartet. Otto is an adjunct professor at the University of Kansas and performs his original compositions with his Kansas City-based sextet. Pianist Addison Frei (pronounced "fry") is a New York City-based artist who began playing piano professionally at age ten in local restaurants around Lawrence, Kansas. Due to a community partnership with the festival, WAM members enjoy free admission to this concert; general admission is $10 and payable at the door.
Wildlife Rescue Traveling Exhibit
01/24/2015 to 04/26/2015Witness compelling stories of animal rescue and the dedicated people to preserving some of the world's most interesting and exotic species.
20th Multicultural Graduation
04/24/2015 to 04/24/2015The Multicultural Graduation Celebration is a long standing tradition at Wichita State. This year’s ceremony celebrates twenty years of recognizing the academic achievements and contributions to Wichita State by underrepresented students graduation from WSU. For more information contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 316-978-3034 or visit wichita.edu/odi.
62nd annual Wichita Gem & Mineral Show
04/24/2015 to 04/26/201562nd annual Wichita Gem & Mineral Show
Sponsored by: Wichita Gem & Mineral Society, Inc.

Friday, April 24th- 9 am to 6 pm
Friday Education day Programs 9-3 pm
Saturday April 25- 10am to 5 pm
Sunday April 26th 10am to 5pm

Adults $5. Ages 12-17 $1. Under 12 free
Discount Coupon at http://www.wgmsks.org/

2015 theme : "Earths Hidden Treasures"

Exhibits. Demonstrations. Vendors. Featuring dazzling gemstone jewelry, gems, crystals, beads, agates, polished stones, fossils, rocks and minerals. See how rocks are cut and polished. Touch and learn about Kansas Meteorites and Fossils. Special programs for children: junior rock pile, gem hunt, gem wheel and grab bags.

Proceeds help support a scholarship endowment fund at Wichita State University Geology Department
April Final Friday at Reverie Coffee Roasters
04/24/2015 to 04/24/2015April's Final Friday is always special. It is the Arts Day of Giving! There are so many great art non-profits within Wichita, and on the 24th you will have chances all across the city to support these organizations. Our schedule is as follows: 4/24/15 10AM: Classical Music duo of the Delano Chamber Players will be performing. 6-9pm: Final Friday art opening for Tyler Longfellow photography, music by members of Animal Parade.
Art Day of Giving with Wichita Public Library
04/24/2015 to 04/24/2015Watermark Books & Cafe is hosting the Wichita Public Library Foundation for the annual Art Day of Giving on Friday, April 24. The day will have several events, including a reading of poetry and literature by students from Newman University from 7:30-11:30 a.m. In the afternoon, Kevin Norfleet will provide music from 12:40-3:40 p.m. You can support the Wichita Public Library Foundation by coming to Watermark Books and choosing from several books to donate to the Foundation.
Art of Fire: Glass Art from the WAM Collection
04/04/2015 to 03/05/2016Re-imagined anew and opening in April, the museum presents a compelling arrangement of the distinguished and growing glass art collection. for the new display, the museum consulted with Seattle-based independent curator and craft scholar Vicki Halper. Notably, Halper curated WAM's popular 2014 summer exhibition, Australian Glass Art, American Links for the Museum of Glass. Revealing WAM's rich holdings, the variety, quality, and artistry of Steuben glass will be presented. In fascinating ways, the exquisite work of the Steuben Glass Works, the world-class glass manufacturer (1903-2011), continues to beguile and inspire artists. The new installation will acknowledge and examine how contemporary glass artists explore the continuing allure and legacy of Steuben. Magnificent work by such living artists as Dante Marioni and Kiki Smith will be on view. The new collection display also features a new commission - an elaborate, Steuben-inspired candelabrum - by glass artist Andy Paiko. This special work will be effervescent! It incorporates an abundantly enthusiastic array of forms and techniques first developed by Steuben. Paiko's tapering candle holders that hang gracefully from the central form, each demonstrate the Steuben "air-twist" technique, perfected by designer George Thompson. The cinched, bell-shaped forms of the upper part of the large-scale candle holder are typical of Thompson's designs. WAM's collection includes original sketches by Thompson during his time working for Steuben, making Paiko's re-imagining of Thompson's forms particularly relevant to the collection. If you haven't spent time in the museum's glass art galleries recently, you should visit soon and prepare to be impressed by the beauty and history of this special artform!
Art We Love
03/07/2015 to 07/19/20152015 marks the 80th anniversary of the Wichita Art Museum. To celebrate this milestone, Art We Love is a series of three exhibitions across the year that will feature works of art chosen by a cross-section of people who call Wichita home. In addition to the selection by guest community curators, each presentation of Art We Love will feature one artwork selected by popularity vote online. Benefactor Louise Caldwell Murdock gave a bequest to found the art museum and build its collection - for the Wichita community. This special series continues and honors her vision by inviting community members to come behind-the-scenes and choose a favorite artwork to share with the public. The first Art We Love installment features works of art from WAM's collection chosen by: Sarah Bagby, Watermark Books owner Emily Compton, Goodwill Industries of Kansas president Larry Hatteberg, photojournalist Jayne Milburn, WAM board member emeritus Armando Minjarez, Wichita artist and community activist Randy Regier, Wichita artist Lily Wu, KAKE Channel 10 reporter and Wichita Asian Festival president
ArtDOG (Art Day of Giving)
04/24/2015 to 04/24/2015Organized by the Wichita Community Foundation, ArtDOG is an inspiring day of generosity that raises awareness of and funds for Wichita arts organizations. Last year, WAM raised more than $16,000 during the 24-hour fundraising event. Beginning at 12:01 am CST on April 24 and continuing until 11:59 pm CST, supporters may go online to ICTArtDOG.org, connect with organizations such as WAM, and make tax-deductible donations to support important work of Wichita arts charities. All online donations will go directly to support the museum's mission. For more information about ArtDOG, call Kourtney Carson, WAM director of development, at 316-268-4905.
ArtDOG at The Wichita Center for the Arts
04/24/2015 to 04/24/2015Join us for special events on this day of 24-hour online fundraising event created to rally community support for local arts organizations! This unique one-day fundraiser is a project of the Wichita Community Foundation (WCF). Our School will be having an Open House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bring your friends and family! Take a look inside the Center's seven different art studios. Meet some of our students and instructors and watch them at work. Join the fun, by taking part in different painting and drawing activities from 1 - 4 p.m. Our Gallery will be open on ArtDOG from 1 to 5 p.m. Enjoy the National Fiber Directions Exhibition that features a diverse collection of subject matter and techniques from the traditional approach to avant-garde exploration of the medium. This year's exhibition was juried by Barbara Shapiro. A Concurrent exhibition in alliance with Frank Lloyd Wright's Allen House, Henrietta Allen Holmes: Just Her Style. Couture clothing from the 1920's, 30's and 40's on view, including Henrietta Holmes' wedding dress and original suit by the late designer Christian Dior. In the evening, our Theatre will present "Noises Off"! It is a wonderful comedy - about a horrible comedy. Each of the three acts contains a hilarious performance of the play within a play: Nothing On. The story progresses as we follow the cast through the missed-cues, backstage drama and perseverance through the mounting series of mishaps as they abandon the plot and try to ad-lib their way toward some sort of end. Featuring subtle character driven comedy along with a healthy dose of slapstick, come expecting to laugh. Purchase tickets at wcfta.com / 316-315-0151
Balance + Composure w/ Kill Vargas + Divorce Corpse
04/24/2015 to 04/24/2015According to Balance and Composure, they can be loud, quiet and everything in between. A pretty apt description in a nutshell. Once you get down to an intricate school of thought, the lyricism of singer Jon Simmons shows things in a different light. Having all met in the Philadelphia suburb of Doylestown, PA through mutual projects during their high school years, Balance and Composure was formed. A sonic assault melding influences such as Sunny Day Real Estate, Neutral Milk Hotel and Nirvana, their 2011, critically heralded debut album, Separation, adhered to the band's namesake. A cohesive listen of anthemic and melodic guitar blitzes with poignant lyricism, rhythmic thrusts and an abrasive pop knack in its overall deliverance, Separation helped establish Balance and Composure as one of underground rock's most promising newcomers. Following their debut, Balance and Composure toured continuously over the next several years with the likes of Circa Survive, La Dispute, Touche Amore and Title Fight. In the Spring of 2013, the band embarked on their first ever U.S. headlining tour with the recently reunited The Jealous Sound as support. After selling out venues in Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston and New York, it was clear their popularity was at an all time high. Picking up where Separation left off, Balance and Composure return once again to push the boundaries of their music with driving riffs and intensely passionate vocals on the band's long-awaited second studio album, The Things We Think We're Missing. It's the type of record that makes listeners pause and reflect, evoking moments of happiness and sadness over the course of thirteen songs. Balance And Composure is: Jonathan Simmons - Vocals/Guitar Andrew Slaymaker - Guitar Matthew Warner - Bass Erik Peterson - Guitar Bailey Van Ellis - Drums
Beauty School Melodrama
04/02/2015 to 05/23/2015Every year at Mr B's Beauty School of Beauty, the top students compete for the opportunity to win a job working for Mr. B at his beauty salon. This year Barry, Bonnie, Paul, and Pixie are taking part in the three competitions that could make or break their careers as hairstylists. Unfortunately, for two of them, something has gone horribly wrong and their work is being sabotaged. Who is behind these problems? Who is Penny and why did she flunk out of school? Will Barry and Bonnie live happily every after? Make your appointment at Beauty School Melodrama to find out.

Then following intermission enjoy a musical revue full of Top 40 hits and maybe a throwback surprise.

Rated PG-13 for some mild innuendo
Butler Community College Dance Department presents “Remember My Nam,”
04/24/2015 to 04/24/2015Butler Community College Dance Department will present “Remember My Name,” a performance that is the culmination of a semester’s worth of dance classes. It will feature dance students in a program showcasing tap, jazz, modern, and ballet styles. The shows will be on Friday, April 24, and Saturday, April 25 at 7:30 pm and a matinee performance Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. in the College Theatre on the El Dorado campus. The Butler Fine Arts Box Office is open 1-5 pm Monday-Friday. Reservations can be made by calling 316-322-3262 or online by visiting www.butlercc.edu/boxoffice. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children and senior citizens.
CASAino Royale - 10th Anniversay
04/24/2015 to 04/24/2015CASAino Royale is CASA of Sedgwick County's annual fundraiser. Please join us for a fun and memorable event that includes a wonderful variety of food, fabulous live and silent auctions, live music, exciting casino games and a guaranteed great time! Proceeds benefit CASA of Sedgwick County who advocates for abused or neglected children that have been removed from their home. Each year we give more than 150 local kids a powerful voice to guide them through their most difficult situation by connecting them to a CASA volunteer. Our more than 75 caring, trained volunteers graciously donate their time and love to help children when help is needed most. JOIN US AS WE LIFT UP A CHILD'S VOICE. A CHILD’ S LIFE REGISTER NOW!
Chipping the Block, Painting the Silk: The Color Prints of Norma Bassett Hall
02/21/2015 to 07/12/2015Guest-curated by Dr. Joby Patterson, Chipping the Block is the first one-woman exhibition of Norma Bassett Hall's work since her death in 1957. Born in Oregon, artist Norma Bassett Hall studied at the Portland Art Association and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1922 she married Arthur Hall, who had been a fellow student at the Art Institute, and the couple settled in El Dorado Kansas. It was during these early years in Kansas that Bassett Hall explored the artistic possibilities of woodblock printing. 1930 marked the launch of the Prairie Print Makers, with Bassett Hall as the only female founding member. In her work, Hall employed line, color, and pattern with delicate skill, using up to seven blocks for each print.
Cuboctahedron: 14 Artists, 1 Epic Show
04/22/2015 to 05/02/2015Join us on Final Friday to see the WSU Graphic Design Class of 2015 and their epic show featuring the art of fourteen majestic and talented designers: Maria Brown, Sarah Diaz-Rivera, Chris Garcia, Dom Greene, Dayna Hoock, Christina Jacks, Ashlynn Lebeda, Carlos Palomino, Fidel Serrano, Gina Stevenson, Joanna Stock, Lupe Trevino, Joe Worley and Josiah Zimmerman present work that exhibit their individual character, styles, passions and over all design-y creations. Be there or be cube! April 22 - May 2, 2015 Closing reception on April 24, 2015 6pm - 10pm
ECO-FASHION Exhibit / ArtDOG
04/24/2015 to 04/24/2015ECO-FASHION Exhibit / ArtDOG Sustainable fashion design by local handmade artists. In honor of Earth Day 2015, our menu includes leafy greens, fruit/veggie smoothies & a free art project (embellish your mason jar/plant seeds of creativity). Support the arts in KS by donating/volunteering to our featured ArtDOG non-profit: CreativeRush. Free family event.
Final Friday April 24th at Newman University Steckline Gallery features ‘Two-Headed Beast’
04/24/2015 to 04/24/2015The Newman University Steckline Gallery will present “Two-Headed Beast” by Dustin Parker and Greg Turner as the eighth and final show of its 2014-2015 season.“Two-Headed Beast” features gritty abstract paintings and digital illustrations by Parker, editor and creator of Proteus Mag, and brightly colored paintings and found object assemblages inspired by the 1960s created by Turner.
Final Friday Art Crawl
01/30/2015 to 11/27/2015

Art galleries and art museums open their doors to the community to see the best art in Wichita for free on the last Friday of every month. Ride the Q-Line around downtown Wichita to visit nearly 30 gallery showcases, many of which offer free hors d'oeuvres and drinks.

Hours vary between galleries but all are open during the core hours of 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Most galleries use Final Friday to unveil and debut new shows or as a closing reception. Several galleries incorporate artist demonstrations and/or live music. Not only does this event give guests the opportunity to view creative art space, it also is an excellent time to purchase one-of-a-kind artwork directly from artists.

Final Friday at Tessera Fine Art Gallery
04/24/2015 to 04/24/2015Photographer, Betty Morgan
Final Friday at The Sunflower Plaza
04/24/2015 to 04/24/2015Come in for a quick cup of coffee or snack and enjoy viewing local artists' works. We have game nights and plenty of mini puzzles on each table to solve.
Final Friday Event-Wichita Bar Association
04/24/2015 to 04/24/2015The Wichita Bar Association will showcase artistic works of its members. Exhibits will include paintings, photography, pottery and wood carvings. Refreshments will be served.
Final Friday Live Art Event celebrating Art Day of Giving - ArtDOG
04/24/2015 to 04/24/2015Join us at the Museum for a Final Friday Live Art Event. Also see the Annual Local Art History Exhibit -The Art of George Bellis and four floors of exhibits celebrating Wichita and Sedgwick County’s history located in Wichita’s original 1890 City Hall building.
Final Friday Sandbar Trading Oaxacan Wood Carvings
04/24/2015 to 04/24/2015Final Friday Sandbar Trading Oaxacan Wood Carvings
Final Friday: Music Theatre For Young People's ArtDog Day Of Giving Pancake Feed
04/24/2015 to 04/24/2015Come support Music Theatre for Young People's ArtDog Day of Giving Event! We will be having an All you can eat Pancake Feed with pancakes by Chris Cakes. Stop by for a flippin' good time!
Final Friday: Wayne Clark, Painting with Parkinsons - Healing Brush Strokes
04/24/2015 to 04/24/2015Final Friday presentation by Wayne Clark - "Painting with Parkinsons, Healing Brush Strokes". Come visit with this amazing artist. 10% of food sales and 100% of print sales will be donated to Parkinson's Association of the Plains.
Fisch Haus XX Women's Invitational Exhibition
04/24/2015 to 05/29/2015The XX series, now in its seventh edition, is a bi-annual invitational exhibition series that features five different female artists each year; every new group of participants being chosen by the previous five. This “tag” structure should, through its natural progression, offer the Wichita community an expansive range of work, both geographically and stylistically. There is no set criteria for acceptable medium or genre, as long as the work is unique and exceptional. The intention of this exhibition is not to focus simply on art made by women (just as a show featuring only male artists isn’t presented as a “men’s show”); rather, to highlight the work of five extraordinary artists that happen to be women.
Five Alchemists: Contemporary Photographers Explore 19th-Century Techniques
02/07/2015 to 05/31/2015As the technical revolution of digital photography explodes, some artists have turned away from the speed and ease of digital imagining. The five artists chosen for this exhibition--David Emitt Adams, Jody Ake, Ethan Turpin, Heidi Kirkpatrick, and Eric Mertens--explore previously abandoned forms of chemical photography. Going back to 19th-century manuals, these artists rediscover and reinterpret the techniques and magic of photography's pioneers for today's world. On view in the Paul Ross Gallery and Scott and Carol Ritchie Gallery.
Greg Johnson Sculpture and Oil on Canvas
04/24/2015 to 04/25/2015Final Friday Event featuring sculpture by Greg Johnson and Oil Paintings by Charles Leonard and Greg Walker Hosts will be on site Friday, April 24, 2015 from 5:30pm to ?pm and Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 1pm to 5pm. 
Home Rangers Return to the Prairie Rose
04/24/2015 to 04/24/2015The Home Rangers, the original band at the Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper, return for a special performance. The evening includes the all-you-can-eat chuckwagon supper, horse-drawn wagon rides, classic cowboy movies, the Silver Screen Cowboy Museum and the show.
ICTArtDOG
04/24/2015 to 04/24/2015Show your support for the arts by donating on ICTArtDOG. Donate to the Ulrich Museum of Art in person at the LOVE sculpture on the WSU campus from 8 - 10 a.m., at lunch (location TBD) from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., or at Shift Space from 6 – 9 p.m. Get more information or donate online at ictartdog.org.
Japanese Woodblock Print Exhibition from the Permanent Collection of WCFTA
02/07/2015 to 06/07/2015This exhibit features Japanese Prints which were donated to WCFTA by Elsie Allen and several others. It will run concurrently with the Wichita Art Museum’s Prairie Print Makers Exhibition featuring the work of Norma Bassett Hall. A catalog of the WCFTA exhibition will be available for purchase at the Center. This catalog was written and generously donated by Barbara Thompson, in memory of her grandfather, Prairie Print Maker C.A. Seward. The Allen House Museum and Study Center provided the Allen House photograph and research materials based on Frank Lloyd Wright’s visit to Wichita in 1935 where he sold Japanese prints through the auspices of the Wichita Art Association for the catalog. Howard W. Ellington, Director of Architectural Programs and the Frank Lloyd Wright Study Center, which is now located at WCFTA, coordinated with Barbara Thompson on the exhibition and catalog
Lake Afton Public Observatory Presents: Planetary Weather
04/24/2015 to 04/25/2015If you think we get some extreme weather here on Earth, you haven't seen anything yet. Wait until you learn what the weather is like on some of the other planets in our solar system while observing the Moon, Venus, and Jupiter or Saturn (beginning May 22) through our big telescope.
Live Bull Riding
01/23/2015 to 12/19/2015Live bull riding on Friday and Saturday nights!

Club Rodeo is the largest nightclub in Kansas with the largest dance floor. We also have the only LIVE snot-slinging bull riding action in Kansas. Every Friday and Saturday night-Watch 20 cowboys compete for up to $1500 cash in Club Rodeo's indoor bull-riding arena.

Midwest Winefest
04/23/2015 to 04/25/2015The Midwest Winefest is celebrating 20 years in 2015! Funds raised from Midwest Winefest have totaled more than $4 million dollars which directly go to support the Guadalupe Health Foundation and in turn are used to support their primary beneficiary, Guadalupe Clinic.

Grants from Guadalupe Health Foundation make it possible for Guadalupe Clinic to provide necessary medical treatment and services to those most in need in the Wichita community. The foundation is key to the long-term success and growth of Guadalupe Clinic and the services they provide to the working poor and underserved living among us.
National Fiber Directions Exhibition 2015 at Wichita Center for the Arts
03/27/2015 to 05/10/2015Opening Reception: Friday, March 27, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Complimentary Light Hors d’oeuvres and Cash Bar This is a national exhibition showcasing the art of fiber. This year’s exhibition juror is Barbara Shapiro, San Francisco, CA.
Noises Off
04/17/2015 to 04/26/2015"The most dexterously realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy. A spectacularly funny, peerless backstage farce. This dizzy, well-known romp is a festival of delirium."
- The New York Times

Noises Off is a wonderful comedy - about a horrible comedy. Each of the three acts contains a hilarious performance of the play within a play: Nothing On. The story progresses as we follow the cast through the missed-cues, backstage drama and perseverance through the mounting series of mishaps as they abandon the plot and try to ab-lib their way toward some sort of end. Featuring subtle character driven comedy along with a healthy dose of slapstick, come expecting to laugh.

The Wichita Center for the Arts Theatre is partially underwritten by the Designing Women volunteer group and Elaine and Tom Peters.
Orpheum ICT ArtDOG Restoration Reception
04/24/2015 to 04/24/2015And join us at the theatre from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for our ArtDOG Final Friday Restoration Reception! Enjoy some snacks and drinks, and get a sneak peek of restoration in progress. WHAT IS ARTDOG? ICT ArtDOG is a 24-hour online fundraising event created to rally community support for local arts organizations. This one-day fundraiser is a project of the Wichita Community Foundation. Join in support by donating online on April 24, 2015 from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., or attending ICT ArtDOG-themed events around town.
Photographic Wonders: American Daguerreotypes from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
01/17/2015 to 05/10/2015Wonderful wonder of wonders!!...Here is a revolution in art! This was the American reaction to the invention and introduction of the photographic daguerreotype in 1839. This winter exhibition presents 82 of the best daguerreotypes from the prized collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, now more than 6,500 strong. Wichita museum-goers will explore the advent of photography in these charming, imaginative historical photographs. Daguerreotypes reflect magical bits of reality from a bygone era. Well over a century later, they still hold wonder and appeal. The daguerreotype was at once a science and an art, a documentary tool and a charged emblem of emotion and memory. Very early daguerreotypes are enchanting but technically crude: exposures took many minutes and the images are relatively faint. Rapid progress was achieved as practitioners explored the invention’s commercial potential, especially its use in portraiture. In 1840–1842, exposure times were reduced from minutes to seconds, and the tones of the images were greatly improved. The potentials of photography as we know it today were explored in the daguerreotypes of the 1840s and 1850s. The Wichita presentation will be a reduced selection from the landmark show that opened the new wing at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in 2007. Hallmark Cards developed a world-class early photography collection of 6,500 works that the company donated to the museum as the Bloch Building opened. The scholarly reception of the exhibition and accompanying catalogue has been resoundingly positive and noted as "an unparalleled historical collection of American photography." Wichita audiences will be so impressed by these gems, the accessible learning, and the creative gallery presentation. This exhibition has been organized by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri.
Prairie Print Makers: Process, Style Meaning
03/14/2015 to 08/16/2015The Prairie Print Makers - the famous Wichita artist group formed in 1930 - produced some of the nation's best -respected fine art prints during the era. The Wichita Art Museum is the proud repository of over 300 prints by this important group. This exhibition explores the different processes and styles embraced by the Prairie Print Makers, especially Japanese woodblock techniques. The show is comprised of work from the museum's collection with a few strategic loans, and it complements the special exhibition of Norma Bassett Hall, the only woman artist among the Prairie Print Makers founders.
Program Final Friday Kick-Off
04/24/2015 to 04/24/2015Mikrokosmos/mojo Launch Party & Journal Signing Celebrating its 61st issue, WSU’s oldest literary tradition has featured prominent authors like William S. Burroughs, Charles Plymell, and William Stafford. Join authors and visual artists for readings, journal signing and help launch the all new Mikrokosmos app developed by students at the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries.
Rare Books and Special Collections Exhibit
04/09/2015 to 05/12/2015Visit this exhibit to explore rare editions, historical atlases and maps, antique family bibles and much more.
Roberto Bernardinello - Italian Music - Solo Guitar
10/31/2014 to 10/23/2015Roberto Bernardinello Italian Repertoire - Solo Guitar
SoMo at The Cotillion
04/24/2015 to 04/24/2015Get tickets: http://ticketf.ly/1LshA7A POWER 93.5 PRESENTS SOMO FRI, APRIL 24, 2015 DOORS: 7PM ADVANCE $20 - DAY OF SHOW $23 *VIP Early Entry $60 1 General Admission Ticket -1 Early Entry Pass -1 Exclusive Tour Poster -1 VIP Laminate -1 Ticket to Sound Check (Watch the end of "soundcheck" for an intimate, 1-song acoustic guitar performance from SoMo with brief Q&A) *VIP Meet and Greet $100 Wide Awake SoMo VIP Meet and Greet Package ($100) -1 General Admission Ticket -1 Priority Early Entry Pass -1 Meet and Greet with SoMo -1 Exclusive Tour Poster -1 VIP Laminate -1 Ticket to Sound Check (Watch the end of "soundcheck" for an intimate, 1-song acoustic guitar performance from SoMo with brief Q&A) ON SALE FRI 2/06 10AM THIS EVENT IS ALL AGES All tickets are general admission. A limited number of advance table reservations for groups of 4 or more available at The Cotillion or by calling 316.722.4201. Nancy's Amazing Sandwiches will be here serving her Famous #8 and more! Text CONCERT to 49798 for concert updates and chances at FREE tickets! SoMo -- aka Joseph Somers-Morales -- will never forget being on stage as a kid. At six-years-old, he sang at a popular club on historic 6th Street in Austin, TX. "I was way too young to be in a bar," he laughs. However, his life took a bit of a detour away from music for quite some time. It certainly loomed in the background, but he had other things on his mind. "My dad was in a jazz rock band called Duck Soup, and he wasn't always there," admits SoMo. "Because of the lifestyle, I just wanted to grow up, be normal, and have a family. My mom really raised my brother and me. I didn't fight music, but I didn't necessarily embrace it either. I wanted to do my own thing." Throughout high school in Denison, TX, that's precisely what he did. He played football and hung out with friends, distancing himself from the proverbial "stage" as much as possible. However, in 2009, music called to him in the strangest and most serendipitous way. Receiving a piano from his mom for Christmas, he taught himself how to play by ear and recorded a cover of Chris Brown's "Crawl".
Special Exhibit: “Mod Rags from Teensville”
03/06/2015 to 05/31/2015Teenage Style of the 1960’s - The years following World War II gave rise to a new level of affluence for American youth. With unprecedented buying power teenagers began creating their own music, clothing, and culture. Local businesses quickly formed to see that these needs were met. Sedgwick County youth were not lagging behind national trends. As members of the rock and roll band The Illusions claimed in 1967: “the East Coast and the West Coast have nothing on us – we’re the Sub Coast.” This exhibit features men’s and women’s clothing and accessories from Wichita boutiques Cricket Alley, Sgt. Pepper’s Parlor, and Yankee Peddler, and stage clothing worn by Mike Daniel of the local rock and roll band The Three Profits (circa 1965), Ron Starkel of the local rock and roll band The Illusions (circa 1968) and Clif Major of the local rock and roll band The Outcasts (circa 1966). On view at the Main Street Entrance.
Spring into the Arts Festival
04/23/2015 to 04/26/2015The second annual Spring into the Arts Festival brings 12 special art and music events to Harvey County on April 23-26. Festival events include: * Art & Music in the Heart of Newton: 6-8 p.m. April 23, downtown. Enjoy art demonstrations, musical performances and special activities at downtown businesses during this annual event. Sponsored by the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce. Admission is free. * "Creative Youth: Student Art Show": 6-8 p.m. April 23, Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St., Newton. An exhibit of artwork by homeschool students will open, and bluegrass musician David Schimming will perform. Admission is free. * "The Wizard of Oz": 7:30 p.m., April 23, Newton Fox Theatre, 518 N. Main St., Newton. The historic theater will bring this classic film back to the big screen for the festival's opening night. Admission is $5. Tickets are available at the door. * "The Dining Room": 7:30 p.m. nightly, April 23-25, Krehbiel Auditorium at Bethel College, North Newton. The performing arts students at Bethel College will present their spring drama. Admission is $10. Tickets are available at the door. * Apple Blossom Festival: 5-8 p.m. April 24 on the Newton Presbyterian Manor campus, 1200 E. Seventh St., Newton. Welcome spring during this annual activity that features music, performances and activities for all ages. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children. * "Barn Quilt 101": 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 25, Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St., Newton. If you've wished for one of the personalized, colorful barn quilt squares, here's your chance to create one -- no barn required! This one-day class will offer materials and instruction to create your own to take home. Cost is $50. Class size is limited. Register at 316-284-2749. * Prairiestock Local Music Festival: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 25 at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, 177 W. Hickory, Hesston. Enjoy local artists from genres including acoustic guitar, celtic, folk, indie rock, bluegrass and more. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, dine on tasty food vendor offerings and shop at the FloraKS Native Plant Sale. Admission is $5 for adults. Children 16 and younger get in free. * "Fusion: Music & History": 2-4 p.m. April 25 at the Warkentin House, 211 E. First St., Newton. Chamber musicians will preview the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra's 20th anniversary Summer Music Concert with performances at the historic home. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau. * Sunday Afternoon at the Museum: 2 p.m. April 26 at Kauffman Museum, North Newton. Enjoy Earth Day activities. Admission is free. * Sounds of Spring: 4 p.m. April 26, Shalom Mennonite Church, 800 E. First St., Newton. The Newton Community Children's Choir will perform. Admission is free, but a free will offering will be taken for the choir. * Kansas Mennonite Men's Chorus: 7 p.m. April 26, Memorial Hall at Bethel College, North Newton. Admission to the concert is free.
Take Back the Night 2015
04/24/2015 to 04/24/2015April is National Sexual Assault Awareness month. The Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center will host its annual Take Back the Night Rally and March at Fairmount Park. The event will include live music, food, and community booths from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The rally and march will start at 8:00 p.m. The event will conclude with a survivor circle. The community is invited to come show support for survivors and help raise awareness of sexual violence in Wichita and Sedgwick County. The event is free and open to the public.
Temporary "Transcribing History" Exhibit in Rotating Gallery
02/28/2015 to 01/15/2016Sending an email miles away is a piece of cake in this day and age, but the written word experienced many radical changes and developments to get to this point. Over the course of five thousand years, changes in written language and how individuals wrote messages changed how human beings recorded their existence and communicated with each other. The Museum of World Treasures invites you to explore these changes in a new Rotating Gallery exhibit, "Transcribing History: Pictographs, Parchment, and the Printing Press." Visit for a glimpse into the history of an important aspect of any civilization and discover how cuneiform on clay tablets paved the way for text messages on smartphones. Experience how the simple act of writing affects many aspects of everyday life and ultimately provides the power to change the world. The Museum’s Rotating Gallery hosts new temporary exhibits on an annual basis. Each year, our Exhibits Committee selects a Student Curator to research, design, and direct the creation of this exhibit under the guidance of the Museum’s Curator of Exhibits and Research, Tim Howard. This year’s Student Curator, Emily Simon, is a Newman University student studying English and history, with a minor in international studies.
The Big Bang
04/10/2015 to 05/23/2015THE BIG BANG, starring John Bates and Kyle Vespestad, opens on Friday, April 10 at 8:00 p.m. The house opens at 6:30 for catered dinner, drinks and appetizers from our house menu. Drinks are served from 6:30 until the close of the show. Tickets are available for THE BIG BANG Friday and Saturday, April 10 - May 23, with Select Sunday matinee's at 2:00 p.m. Catered Dinner is available for Show & Dinner for all show days and times.

Tickets are $25.00 per person for Show Only, or $40.00 per person for Dinner and Show. Advance reservations are strongly suggested and are required for Dinner and Show. All dinners are plated and brought to your seat by our superb wait staff.

Wichita Art Day of Giving (ArtDOG)
04/24/2015 to 04/24/2015Wichita ArtDOG is a 24-hour online fundraising event created to rally community support for local arts organizations. This one-day fundraiser is a project of the Wichita Community Foundation. The Premier Partner is Spirit AeroSystems. In its inaugural year of 2014, ArtDOG raised nearly $550,000 for 38 arts organizations. This year, 55 organizations will take part in the campaign. Join us and Create Community Through Art. More information is available at ICTArtDOG.org.
Wichita Jazz Festival: WSU Jazz Arts I & The People's Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City
04/24/2015 to 04/24/2015Our Friday night concert closes the 2015 WSU Jazz Invitational, featuring the winning combo and big band of the competition, the WSU Jazz Arts Ensemble, and The People's Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City! Wichita State University is proud to host the annual Jazz Invitational. With renovated facilities, WSU is excited to host the best and brightest of emerging young jazz talent from around the region. Band directors are invited to have their big bands perform for a panel of distinguished judges consisting of invited clinicians, WSU Jazz faculty, and other jazz personalities. Bands also have the opportunity to work directly with clinicians in coaching sessions following their performance. Come out to this free event at WSU, happening all day on Friday!
Wildlife Rescue Traveling Exhibit
01/24/2015 to 04/26/2015Witness compelling stories of animal rescue and the dedicated people to preserving some of the world's most interesting and exotic species.
"Cinderella" by Prokofiev
04/25/2015 to 04/25/2015A timeless rags-to-riches tale set to Prokofiev’s gorgeous music will delight children of all ages, while sly humor and inventive choreography will satisfy even the most devoted ballet fan. Charles Perrault’s fairytale about a girl transformed into a princess by a fairy godmother is best known through Walt Disney’s movie, but Prokofiev’s ballet debuted nearly five years earlier. The Russian National Ballet Theatre is “the real thing,” according to The Washington Post. Ekaterina Egorova and Konstantin Marikin star as Cinderella and her Prince.
5th Annual Cystic Fibrosis Poker Run
04/25/2015 to 04/25/2015When: Saturday, April 25 Where: VFW Post 3115, 4801 West Douglas Breakfast- 8 a.m. until Gone - Biscuits & Gravy, Eggs, Hashbrowns, Bacon, and Sausage- $6 First Bike Out - 10:30 a.m. Last Bike In - TBA Silent Auction - Bidding starts at 8 a.m., ends at 3:50 p.m. Items must be picked up at 4. Regular Auction - 4:30 p.m. Winner of the Poker Run announced after the Regular Auction. Dinner 4 p.m. - Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, and a Pickle - $7 Pre-registration (Must have a form filled out and money paid by April 18th) - $20 without t-shirt - $25 with t-shirt Registration after April 18th or day of - $25 without t-shirt - $30 with t-shirt You must get punched at each stop. T-shirts without registration - S, M, L, and XL - $15 - 2XL - $18 To pre-register please call Vada Carpenter at 316-942-0666 or vadacarpenter@att.net
62nd annual Wichita Gem & Mineral Show
04/24/2015 to 04/26/201562nd annual Wichita Gem & Mineral Show
Sponsored by: Wichita Gem & Mineral Society, Inc.

Friday, April 24th- 9 am to 6 pm
Friday Education day Programs 9-3 pm
Saturday April 25- 10am to 5 pm
Sunday April 26th 10am to 5pm

Adults $5. Ages 12-17 $1. Under 12 free
Discount Coupon at http://www.wgmsks.org/

2015 theme : "Earths Hidden Treasures"

Exhibits. Demonstrations. Vendors. Featuring dazzling gemstone jewelry, gems, crystals, beads, agates, polished stones, fossils, rocks and minerals. See how rocks are cut and polished. Touch and learn about Kansas Meteorites and Fossils. Special programs for children: junior rock pile, gem hunt, gem wheel and grab bags.

Proceeds help support a scholarship endowment fund at Wichita State University Geology Department
8th Annual Autism CARE Walk
04/25/2015 to 04/25/2015Heartspring, a non-profit organization that provides services for children with special needs, is hosting it's 8th Annual Autism CARE Walk to raise awareness for autism. As the fastest growing developmental disability in the US, the need for awareness is at an all time high. One in 68 children and more specifically one in 48 boys are diagnosed with autism. Please join us on April 25th at WaterWalk to raise awareness for autism.
Alefs Harley-Davidson Tips with the Techs Seminar
04/25/2015 to 04/25/2015Tips w/ the Techs Seminar - Keeping Cool & Hydrated Harley-Davidson fashions and products are cool but there is a lot of functionality too. You'll hear about the best riding gear to keep you cool and hydrated. Enjoy snacks and cold beverages!
All Star Sports Meet and Greet!
04/25/2015 to 04/25/2015Ever dreamed of having breakfast with your favorite “Snow Sisters and their Snowman”? Now you can at All Star Sports! Join us Saturday, April 25th for a magical breakfast meet and greet from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.! Breakfast is $8.99 per person and includes pancakes! Don’t miss your chance to get a picture taken with all your snow favorites! It’s the perfect frosty adventure that you and your child will cherish for years. Reservations are suggested, get your tickets online at www.AllStarWichita.com.
Art of Fire: Glass Art from the WAM Collection
04/04/2015 to 03/05/2016Re-imagined anew and opening in April, the museum presents a compelling arrangement of the distinguished and growing glass art collection. for the new display, the museum consulted with Seattle-based independent curator and craft scholar Vicki Halper. Notably, Halper curated WAM's popular 2014 summer exhibition, Australian Glass Art, American Links for the Museum of Glass. Revealing WAM's rich holdings, the variety, quality, and artistry of Steuben glass will be presented. In fascinating ways, the exquisite work of the Steuben Glass Works, the world-class glass manufacturer (1903-2011), continues to beguile and inspire artists. The new installation will acknowledge and examine how contemporary glass artists explore the continuing allure and legacy of Steuben. Magnificent work by such living artists as Dante Marioni and Kiki Smith will be on view. The new collection display also features a new commission - an elaborate, Steuben-inspired candelabrum - by glass artist Andy Paiko. This special work will be effervescent! It incorporates an abundantly enthusiastic array of forms and techniques first developed by Steuben. Paiko's tapering candle holders that hang gracefully from the central form, each demonstrate the Steuben "air-twist" technique, perfected by designer George Thompson. The cinched, bell-shaped forms of the upper part of the large-scale candle holder are typical of Thompson's designs. WAM's collection includes original sketches by Thompson during his time working for Steuben, making Paiko's re-imagining of Thompson's forms particularly relevant to the collection. If you haven't spent time in the museum's glass art galleries recently, you should visit soon and prepare to be impressed by the beauty and history of this special artform!
Art We Love
03/07/2015 to 07/19/20152015 marks the 80th anniversary of the Wichita Art Museum. To celebrate this milestone, Art We Love is a series of three exhibitions across the year that will feature works of art chosen by a cross-section of people who call Wichita home. In addition to the selection by guest community curators, each presentation of Art We Love will feature one artwork selected by popularity vote online. Benefactor Louise Caldwell Murdock gave a bequest to found the art museum and build its collection - for the Wichita community. This special series continues and honors her vision by inviting community members to come behind-the-scenes and choose a favorite artwork to share with the public. The first Art We Love installment features works of art from WAM's collection chosen by: Sarah Bagby, Watermark Books owner Emily Compton, Goodwill Industries of Kansas president Larry Hatteberg, photojournalist Jayne Milburn, WAM board member emeritus Armando Minjarez, Wichita artist and community activist Randy Regier, Wichita artist Lily Wu, KAKE Channel 10 reporter and Wichita Asian Festival president
Beauty School Melodrama
04/02/2015 to 05/23/2015Every year at Mr B's Beauty School of Beauty, the top students compete for the opportunity to win a job working for Mr. B at his beauty salon. This year Barry, Bonnie, Paul, and Pixie are taking part in the three competitions that could make or break their careers as hairstylists. Unfortunately, for two of them, something has gone horribly wrong and their work is being sabotaged. Who is behind these problems? Who is Penny and why did she flunk out of school? Will Barry and Bonnie live happily every after? Make your appointment at Beauty School Melodrama to find out.

Then following intermission enjoy a musical revue full of Top 40 hits and maybe a throwback surprise.

Rated PG-13 for some mild innuendo
Chipping the Block, Painting the Silk: The Color Prints of Norma Bassett Hall
02/21/2015 to 07/12/2015Guest-curated by Dr. Joby Patterson, Chipping the Block is the first one-woman exhibition of Norma Bassett Hall's work since her death in 1957. Born in Oregon, artist Norma Bassett Hall studied at the Portland Art Association and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1922 she married Arthur Hall, who had been a fellow student at the Art Institute, and the couple settled in El Dorado Kansas. It was during these early years in Kansas that Bassett Hall explored the artistic possibilities of woodblock printing. 1930 marked the launch of the Prairie Print Makers, with Bassett Hall as the only female founding member. In her work, Hall employed line, color, and pattern with delicate skill, using up to seven blocks for each print.
Community and Celebrity Benefit Auction
04/25/2015 to 04/25/2015Fundraiser auction that features memorabilia from hundreds of athletes and celebrities across the nation and local businesses donations, as well as food, drinks, fun and much more. Proceeds go to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Please visit www.arc-sedgwickcounty.org for more information or to purchase a ticket.
Cuboctahedron: 14 Artists, 1 Epic Show
04/22/2015 to 05/02/2015Join us on Final Friday to see the WSU Graphic Design Class of 2015 and their epic show featuring the art of fourteen majestic and talented designers: Maria Brown, Sarah Diaz-Rivera, Chris Garcia, Dom Greene, Dayna Hoock, Christina Jacks, Ashlynn Lebeda, Carlos Palomino, Fidel Serrano, Gina Stevenson, Joanna Stock, Lupe Trevino, Joe Worley and Josiah Zimmerman present work that exhibit their individual character, styles, passions and over all design-y creations. Be there or be cube! April 22 - May 2, 2015 Closing reception on April 24, 2015 6pm - 10pm
Discovery Days at Museum of World Treasures
11/29/2014 to 05/30/2015On the last Saturday of every month, school age children can participate in this educational, family-friendly program from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Come in anytime during those four hours, and leave when you're ready. This is an open program that is FREE with Museum admission. Programs may include themed scavenger hunts, artifact exploration, crafts, games, and take-home prizes. Every month is different, fun, and educational!
Family ArtVenture: Curation Creation
04/25/2015 to 04/25/2015April's Saturday program takes a special focus on creating your own personalized exhibition in the Living Room. Learn about the tools of the trade, and select favorite images to curate into a unique mini-exhibition on the Living Room wall. Visit the Art Studio to get started with a hands-on curating project. ArtVentures are drop-in explorations. Saturdays are always free at WAM.
Five Alchemists: Contemporary Photographers Explore 19th-Century Techniques
02/07/2015 to 05/31/2015As the technical revolution of digital photography explodes, some artists have turned away from the speed and ease of digital imagining. The five artists chosen for this exhibition--David Emitt Adams, Jody Ake, Ethan Turpin, Heidi Kirkpatrick, and Eric Mertens--explore previously abandoned forms of chemical photography. Going back to 19th-century manuals, these artists rediscover and reinterpret the techniques and magic of photography's pioneers for today's world. On view in the Paul Ross Gallery and Scott and Carol Ritchie Gallery.
For Kids: Little Planet Helpers
04/25/2015 to 04/25/2015Towne East Square invites kids to go green as they learn about ways to keep the environment clean through games and interactive activities as part of the Simon Kidgits Club’s “Little Planet Helpers” event. Kids will enjoy creating ‘green’-inspired arts and crafts from recycled materials, giveaways and more! Not a Kidgits Member? A yearly membership is just $5 and includes access to Kidgits events, birthday gifts and more! Visit Simon Guest Services or www.simon.com/kidgits for more information.
Greg Johnson Sculpture and Oil on Canvas
04/24/2015 to 04/25/2015Final Friday Event featuring sculpture by Greg Johnson and Oil Paintings by Charles Leonard and Greg Walker Hosts will be on site Friday, April 24, 2015 from 5:30pm to ?pm and Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 1pm to 5pm. 
ICT Roller Girls Roller Derby Double Header
04/25/2015 to 04/25/2015ICT Roller Juniors take on Topeka's Chick Whips, followed by ICT Roller Girls All Stars taking on their Capital City Crushers. Doors open at 6:00 pm | First game starts at 6:30 pm. The after party will be at Joe’s Old Town Bar & Grill (222 N. Washington). Our featured charity for this game is Victory in the Valley. Buy tickets at http://ticketf.ly/1yrFjlj! In advance: $11.50 | At the door: $13.50 Kids 11 and under FREE
Japanese Woodblock Print Exhibition from the Permanent Collection of WCFTA
02/07/2015 to 06/07/2015This exhibit features Japanese Prints which were donated to WCFTA by Elsie Allen and several others. It will run concurrently with the Wichita Art Museum’s Prairie Print Makers Exhibition featuring the work of Norma Bassett Hall. A catalog of the WCFTA exhibition will be available for purchase at the Center. This catalog was written and generously donated by Barbara Thompson, in memory of her grandfather, Prairie Print Maker C.A. Seward. The Allen House Museum and Study Center provided the Allen House photograph and research materials based on Frank Lloyd Wright’s visit to Wichita in 1935 where he sold Japanese prints through the auspices of the Wichita Art Association for the catalog. Howard W. Ellington, Director of Architectural Programs and the Frank Lloyd Wright Study Center, which is now located at WCFTA, coordinated with Barbara Thompson on the exhibition and catalog
Lake Afton Public Observatory Presents: Planetary Weather
04/24/2015 to 04/25/2015If you think we get some extreme weather here on Earth, you haven't seen anything yet. Wait until you learn what the weather is like on some of the other planets in our solar system while observing the Moon, Venus, and Jupiter or Saturn (beginning May 22) through our big telescope.
Little Planet Helpers
04/25/2015 to 04/25/2015Kids go green and learn ways to keep the environment clean and healthy
Live Bull Riding
01/23/2015 to 12/19/2015Live bull riding on Friday and Saturday nights!

Club Rodeo is the largest nightclub in Kansas with the largest dance floor. We also have the only LIVE snot-slinging bull riding action in Kansas. Every Friday and Saturday night-Watch 20 cowboys compete for up to $1500 cash in Club Rodeo's indoor bull-riding arena.

Midwest Winefest
04/23/2015 to 04/25/2015The Midwest Winefest is celebrating 20 years in 2015! Funds raised from Midwest Winefest have totaled more than $4 million dollars which directly go to support the Guadalupe Health Foundation and in turn are used to support their primary beneficiary, Guadalupe Clinic.

Grants from Guadalupe Health Foundation make it possible for Guadalupe Clinic to provide necessary medical treatment and services to those most in need in the Wichita community. The foundation is key to the long-term success and growth of Guadalupe Clinic and the services they provide to the working poor and underserved living among us.
Mini Used Book Sale
04/25/2015 to 04/25/2015Sponsored by the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum, the Mini Used Book Sale is held in the Boeing Foyer. Come add to your library from an excellent selection of gently used volumes on art and other subjects.
Murder at the Museum: The Deadwood Saloon
04/25/2015 to 04/25/2015Join the fun at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 25 for Murder at the Museum, an interactive adult program at the Museum of World Treasures. For weeks, people have been pouring into the small western town of Deadwood for the biggest poker tournament this side of the Mississippi. From outlaws to marshals and saloon girls to southern belles, everyone has made this small western frontier town THE place to be. As the festivities of the poker tournament conclude, a celebration party is planned at the Deadwood Saloon to award the prize money for the tournament and to celebrate what is hoping to be a very financially successful venture for the saloon. With a smattering of bandits, bankers, saloon girls, sheriffs, gamblers, east coast debutantes, and of course a few of the locals, this is guaranteed to make for a very interesting evening indeed. This adult program features interactive murder mystery entertainment, hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, and access to the Museum exhibits and gift shop. Bring your kids over 3 years old for an educational program while you solve the crime. Wild West costumes are encouraged. WHEN: 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2015 WHERE: Museum of World Treasures 835 E. 1st Street, Wichita, KS 67202 TICKETS Adults: $30/person (+tax) Museum Member Discount: $25/person (+tax) Kid's Program: $10/child (+tax) Buy Tickets Online or call 316.263.1311 *Participants must be 21 years old and tickets are non-refundable. Tickets may be purchased online, in person at the Museum, or over the phone.* Find costume inspiration on our Murder at the Museum: The Deadwood Saloon Pinterest Board. Get tickets now on Eventbrite or call 316.263.1311.
National Fiber Directions Exhibition 2015 at Wichita Center for the Arts
03/27/2015 to 05/10/2015Opening Reception: Friday, March 27, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Complimentary Light Hors d’oeuvres and Cash Bar This is a national exhibition showcasing the art of fiber. This year’s exhibition juror is Barbara Shapiro, San Francisco, CA.
Noises Off
04/17/2015 to 04/26/2015"The most dexterously realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy. A spectacularly funny, peerless backstage farce. This dizzy, well-known romp is a festival of delirium."
- The New York Times

Noises Off is a wonderful comedy - about a horrible comedy. Each of the three acts contains a hilarious performance of the play within a play: Nothing On. The story progresses as we follow the cast through the missed-cues, backstage drama and perseverance through the mounting series of mishaps as they abandon the plot and try to ab-lib their way toward some sort of end. Featuring subtle character driven comedy along with a healthy dose of slapstick, come expecting to laugh.

The Wichita Center for the Arts Theatre is partially underwritten by the Designing Women volunteer group and Elaine and Tom Peters.
PBR: BlueDEF Velocity Tour
04/25/2015 to 04/25/2015Bull riding fans will get the opportunity to experience the toughest sport on dirt when the Professional Bull Riders BlueDEF Velocity Tour bucks into INRUST Bank Arena on April 25th, 2015. The best up and coming bull riders in the world will face off with foes nearly 10 times their weight in sinewy brawn during the most thrilling 8 seconds in sports where only one athlete will be left standing.

During Round 1 each bull rider will face one bull. Following Round 1 on Saturday night, the Top 10 riders recording the highest cumulative scores will advance to the finals. The overall event winner will be the rider with the highest-combined score from all both rounds.

Photographic Wonders: American Daguerreotypes from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
01/17/2015 to 05/10/2015Wonderful wonder of wonders!!...Here is a revolution in art! This was the American reaction to the invention and introduction of the photographic daguerreotype in 1839. This winter exhibition presents 82 of the best daguerreotypes from the prized collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, now more than 6,500 strong. Wichita museum-goers will explore the advent of photography in these charming, imaginative historical photographs. Daguerreotypes reflect magical bits of reality from a bygone era. Well over a century later, they still hold wonder and appeal. The daguerreotype was at once a science and an art, a documentary tool and a charged emblem of emotion and memory. Very early daguerreotypes are enchanting but technically crude: exposures took many minutes and the images are relatively faint. Rapid progress was achieved as practitioners explored the invention’s commercial potential, especially its use in portraiture. In 1840–1842, exposure times were reduced from minutes to seconds, and the tones of the images were greatly improved. The potentials of photography as we know it today were explored in the daguerreotypes of the 1840s and 1850s. The Wichita presentation will be a reduced selection from the landmark show that opened the new wing at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in 2007. Hallmark Cards developed a world-class early photography collection of 6,500 works that the company donated to the museum as the Bloch Building opened. The scholarly reception of the exhibition and accompanying catalogue has been resoundingly positive and noted as "an unparalleled historical collection of American photography." Wichita audiences will be so impressed by these gems, the accessible learning, and the creative gallery presentation. This exhibition has been organized by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri.
POST 4 CANTEEN
05/24/2014 Post 4 Canteen, a monthly program, was designed to provide education, entertainment, patriotism and service to others and to do our part to teach what makes our great nation what it is today. There will be veterans telling about their military experiences as guest speakers. We will show video documentaries, have live entertainment, watch classic movies (military and box office), do special ceremonies and special events. American veterans have paid a high price for our freedom. Help us keep the dream of freedom alive by demonstrating to this and the next generation, the love of peace and freedom. The movies are FREE! Popcorn is fresh and you can really smell it! www.post4canteen.com. Bring the whole family!
Prairie Print Makers: Process, Style Meaning
03/14/2015 to 08/16/2015The Prairie Print Makers - the famous Wichita artist group formed in 1930 - produced some of the nation's best -respected fine art prints during the era. The Wichita Art Museum is the proud repository of over 300 prints by this important group. This exhibition explores the different processes and styles embraced by the Prairie Print Makers, especially Japanese woodblock techniques. The show is comprised of work from the museum's collection with a few strategic loans, and it complements the special exhibition of Norma Bassett Hall, the only woman artist among the Prairie Print Makers founders.
Special Exhibit: “Mod Rags from Teensville”
03/06/2015 to 05/31/2015Teenage Style of the 1960’s - The years following World War II gave rise to a new level of affluence for American youth. With unprecedented buying power teenagers began creating their own music, clothing, and culture. Local businesses quickly formed to see that these needs were met. Sedgwick County youth were not lagging behind national trends. As members of the rock and roll band The Illusions claimed in 1967: “the East Coast and the West Coast have nothing on us – we’re the Sub Coast.” This exhibit features men’s and women’s clothing and accessories from Wichita boutiques Cricket Alley, Sgt. Pepper’s Parlor, and Yankee Peddler, and stage clothing worn by Mike Daniel of the local rock and roll band The Three Profits (circa 1965), Ron Starkel of the local rock and roll band The Illusions (circa 1968) and Clif Major of the local rock and roll band The Outcasts (circa 1966). On view at the Main Street Entrance.
Spring into the Arts Festival
04/23/2015 to 04/26/2015The second annual Spring into the Arts Festival brings 12 special art and music events to Harvey County on April 23-26. Festival events include: * Art & Music in the Heart of Newton: 6-8 p.m. April 23, downtown. Enjoy art demonstrations, musical performances and special activities at downtown businesses during this annual event. Sponsored by the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce. Admission is free. * "Creative Youth: Student Art Show": 6-8 p.m. April 23, Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St., Newton. An exhibit of artwork by homeschool students will open, and bluegrass musician David Schimming will perform. Admission is free. * "The Wizard of Oz": 7:30 p.m., April 23, Newton Fox Theatre, 518 N. Main St., Newton. The historic theater will bring this classic film back to the big screen for the festival's opening night. Admission is $5. Tickets are available at the door. * "The Dining Room": 7:30 p.m. nightly, April 23-25, Krehbiel Auditorium at Bethel College, North Newton. The performing arts students at Bethel College will present their spring drama. Admission is $10. Tickets are available at the door. * Apple Blossom Festival: 5-8 p.m. April 24 on the Newton Presbyterian Manor campus, 1200 E. Seventh St., Newton. Welcome spring during this annual activity that features music, performances and activities for all ages. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children. * "Barn Quilt 101": 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 25, Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St., Newton. If you've wished for one of the personalized, colorful barn quilt squares, here's your chance to create one -- no barn required! This one-day class will offer materials and instruction to create your own to take home. Cost is $50. Class size is limited. Register at 316-284-2749. * Prairiestock Local Music Festival: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 25 at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, 177 W. Hickory, Hesston. Enjoy local artists from genres including acoustic guitar, celtic, folk, indie rock, bluegrass and more. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, dine on tasty food vendor offerings and shop at the FloraKS Native Plant Sale. Admission is $5 for adults. Children 16 and younger get in free. * "Fusion: Music & History": 2-4 p.m. April 25 at the Warkentin House, 211 E. First St., Newton. Chamber musicians will preview the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra's 20th anniversary Summer Music Concert with performances at the historic home. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau. * Sunday Afternoon at the Museum: 2 p.m. April 26 at Kauffman Museum, North Newton. Enjoy Earth Day activities. Admission is free. * Sounds of Spring: 4 p.m. April 26, Shalom Mennonite Church, 800 E. First St., Newton. The Newton Community Children's Choir will perform. Admission is free, but a free will offering will be taken for the choir. * Kansas Mennonite Men's Chorus: 7 p.m. April 26, Memorial Hall at Bethel College, North Newton. Admission to the concert is free.
Spring Opening Reception
04/25/2015 to 04/25/2015The faculty of the WSU School of Art, Design and Creative Industries lead students to create, innovate and reflect. Throughout McKnight, in the galleries, the classrooms, and onto the plaza you’ll find open studios, and the invitation to participate. RSVP at (316) 978-3664 or email ulrich@wichita.edu.
Temporary "Transcribing History" Exhibit in Rotating Gallery
02/28/2015 to 01/15/2016Sending an email miles away is a piece of cake in this day and age, but the written word experienced many radical changes and developments to get to this point. Over the course of five thousand years, changes in written language and how individuals wrote messages changed how human beings recorded their existence and communicated with each other. The Museum of World Treasures invites you to explore these changes in a new Rotating Gallery exhibit, "Transcribing History: Pictographs, Parchment, and the Printing Press." Visit for a glimpse into the history of an important aspect of any civilization and discover how cuneiform on clay tablets paved the way for text messages on smartphones. Experience how the simple act of writing affects many aspects of everyday life and ultimately provides the power to change the world. The Museum’s Rotating Gallery hosts new temporary exhibits on an annual basis. Each year, our Exhibits Committee selects a Student Curator to research, design, and direct the creation of this exhibit under the guidance of the Museum’s Curator of Exhibits and Research, Tim Howard. This year’s Student Curator, Emily Simon, is a Newman University student studying English and history, with a minor in international studies.
The Big Bang
04/10/2015 to 05/23/2015THE BIG BANG, starring John Bates and Kyle Vespestad, opens on Friday, April 10 at 8:00 p.m. The house opens at 6:30 for catered dinner, drinks and appetizers from our house menu. Drinks are served from 6:30 until the close of the show. Tickets are available for THE BIG BANG Friday and Saturday, April 10 - May 23, with Select Sunday matinee's at 2:00 p.m. Catered Dinner is available for Show & Dinner for all show days and times.

Tickets are $25.00 per person for Show Only, or $40.00 per person for Dinner and Show. Advance reservations are strongly suggested and are required for Dinner and Show. All dinners are plated and brought to your seat by our superb wait staff.

The Man In Black: A Tribute to Johnny Cash
04/25/2015 to 04/25/2015Close your eyes and imagine the unique sound of Johnny Cash, as if it were live and for the first time in the early 1960's. Now open your eyes and experience this great singer/songwriter recreated on stage in the hit musical tribute: The Man In Black, A Tribute to Johnny Cash. The Man In Black Show offers a retro look, sound, and feel into the performance of American Icon Johnny Cash. The show delivers the raw prowess that made Johnny Cash a 20th century pop culture figure, while capturing his ability to cross musical genres, age, and ethnic barriers to bring a classic sound that is immediately recognized. The show also features hits made famous with June Carter Cash and goes beyond the look of a younger Cash to feature his music right up to his death in September of 2003. Entertainment schedule subject to change. All ticket purchases are final and no refunds will be given after purchase. If a cancellation occurs, return tickets to the point of purchase for a refund. All casino games owned and operated by the Kansas Lottery.
Walk MS Wichita
04/25/2015 to 04/25/2015Multiple sclerosis pulls us away from our lives and destroys connections. So it’s only fitting that our connections would be its greatest enemy. At Walk MS, our connections become more powerful than the connections MS destroys. Connect with others. Support life changing programs and cutting-edge research. Be inspired. Get connected. Walk MS. Register now at WalkMS.org.
Walk MS: Wichita
04/25/2015 to 04/25/2015Walk MS connects people living with MS and those who care about them. It is an experience unlike any other - a day to come together, to celebrate the progress we've made and to show the power of our connections. When you participate in Walk MS, the funds you raise give hope to the more than 11,000 people living with MS in our community. The dollars raised support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research. Every connection counts
Wildlife Rescue Traveling Exhibit
01/24/2015 to 04/26/2015Witness compelling stories of animal rescue and the dedicated people to preserving some of the world's most interesting and exotic species.
62nd annual Wichita Gem & Mineral Show
04/24/2015 to 04/26/201562nd annual Wichita Gem & Mineral Show
Sponsored by: Wichita Gem & Mineral Society, Inc.

Friday, April 24th- 9 am to 6 pm
Friday Education day Programs 9-3 pm
Saturday April 25- 10am to 5 pm
Sunday April 26th 10am to 5pm

Adults $5. Ages 12-17 $1. Under 12 free
Discount Coupon at http://www.wgmsks.org/

2015 theme : "Earths Hidden Treasures"

Exhibits. Demonstrations. Vendors. Featuring dazzling gemstone jewelry, gems, crystals, beads, agates, polished stones, fossils, rocks and minerals. See how rocks are cut and polished. Touch and learn about Kansas Meteorites and Fossils. Special programs for children: junior rock pile, gem hunt, gem wheel and grab bags.

Proceeds help support a scholarship endowment fund at Wichita State University Geology Department
Art of Fire: Glass Art from the WAM Collection
04/04/2015 to 03/05/2016Re-imagined anew and opening in April, the museum presents a compelling arrangement of the distinguished and growing glass art collection. for the new display, the museum consulted with Seattle-based independent curator and craft scholar Vicki Halper. Notably, Halper curated WAM's popular 2014 summer exhibition, Australian Glass Art, American Links for the Museum of Glass. Revealing WAM's rich holdings, the variety, quality, and artistry of Steuben glass will be presented. In fascinating ways, the exquisite work of the Steuben Glass Works, the world-class glass manufacturer (1903-2011), continues to beguile and inspire artists. The new installation will acknowledge and examine how contemporary glass artists explore the continuing allure and legacy of Steuben. Magnificent work by such living artists as Dante Marioni and Kiki Smith will be on view. The new collection display also features a new commission - an elaborate, Steuben-inspired candelabrum - by glass artist Andy Paiko. This special work will be effervescent! It incorporates an abundantly enthusiastic array of forms and techniques first developed by Steuben. Paiko's tapering candle holders that hang gracefully from the central form, each demonstrate the Steuben "air-twist" technique, perfected by designer George Thompson. The cinched, bell-shaped forms of the upper part of the large-scale candle holder are typical of Thompson's designs. WAM's collection includes original sketches by Thompson during his time working for Steuben, making Paiko's re-imagining of Thompson's forms particularly relevant to the collection. If you haven't spent time in the museum's glass art galleries recently, you should visit soon and prepare to be impressed by the beauty and history of this special artform!
Art We Love
03/07/2015 to 07/19/20152015 marks the 80th anniversary of the Wichita Art Museum. To celebrate this milestone, Art We Love is a series of three exhibitions across the year that will feature works of art chosen by a cross-section of people who call Wichita home. In addition to the selection by guest community curators, each presentation of Art We Love will feature one artwork selected by popularity vote online. Benefactor Louise Caldwell Murdock gave a bequest to found the art museum and build its collection - for the Wichita community. This special series continues and honors her vision by inviting community members to come behind-the-scenes and choose a favorite artwork to share with the public. The first Art We Love installment features works of art from WAM's collection chosen by: Sarah Bagby, Watermark Books owner Emily Compton, Goodwill Industries of Kansas president Larry Hatteberg, photojournalist Jayne Milburn, WAM board member emeritus Armando Minjarez, Wichita artist and community activist Randy Regier, Wichita artist Lily Wu, KAKE Channel 10 reporter and Wichita Asian Festival president
Chipping the Block, Painting the Silk: The Color Prints of Norma Bassett Hall
02/21/2015 to 07/12/2015Guest-curated by Dr. Joby Patterson, Chipping the Block is the first one-woman exhibition of Norma Bassett Hall's work since her death in 1957. Born in Oregon, artist Norma Bassett Hall studied at the Portland Art Association and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1922 she married Arthur Hall, who had been a fellow student at the Art Institute, and the couple settled in El Dorado Kansas. It was during these early years in Kansas that Bassett Hall explored the artistic possibilities of woodblock printing. 1930 marked the launch of the Prairie Print Makers, with Bassett Hall as the only female founding member. In her work, Hall employed line, color, and pattern with delicate skill, using up to seven blocks for each print.
Cuboctahedron: 14 Artists, 1 Epic Show
04/22/2015 to 05/02/2015Join us on Final Friday to see the WSU Graphic Design Class of 2015 and their epic show featuring the art of fourteen majestic and talented designers: Maria Brown, Sarah Diaz-Rivera, Chris Garcia, Dom Greene, Dayna Hoock, Christina Jacks, Ashlynn Lebeda, Carlos Palomino, Fidel Serrano, Gina Stevenson, Joanna Stock, Lupe Trevino, Joe Worley and Josiah Zimmerman present work that exhibit their individual character, styles, passions and over all design-y creations. Be there or be cube! April 22 - May 2, 2015 Closing reception on April 24, 2015 6pm - 10pm
F5's First Annual Second Anniversary Commerce Street Art District Party Extravaganza
04/26/2015 to 04/26/2015A street party and picnic from 4-11pm in the Commerce St. Art District, co-organized by F5 and the art district neighborhood association, to celebrate F5's second birthday, the art district's continued growth, local businesses, artists, musicians, the community, spring...essentially everything that is awesome in Wichita right now. Schedule will be published online and in F5.
Five Alchemists: Contemporary Photographers Explore 19th-Century Techniques
02/07/2015 to 05/31/2015As the technical revolution of digital photography explodes, some artists have turned away from the speed and ease of digital imagining. The five artists chosen for this exhibition--David Emitt Adams, Jody Ake, Ethan Turpin, Heidi Kirkpatrick, and Eric Mertens--explore previously abandoned forms of chemical photography. Going back to 19th-century manuals, these artists rediscover and reinterpret the techniques and magic of photography's pioneers for today's world. On view in the Paul Ross Gallery and Scott and Carol Ritchie Gallery.
Japanese Woodblock Print Exhibition from the Permanent Collection of WCFTA
02/07/2015 to 06/07/2015This exhibit features Japanese Prints which were donated to WCFTA by Elsie Allen and several others. It will run concurrently with the Wichita Art Museum’s Prairie Print Makers Exhibition featuring the work of Norma Bassett Hall. A catalog of the WCFTA exhibition will be available for purchase at the Center. This catalog was written and generously donated by Barbara Thompson, in memory of her grandfather, Prairie Print Maker C.A. Seward. The Allen House Museum and Study Center provided the Allen House photograph and research materials based on Frank Lloyd Wright’s visit to Wichita in 1935 where he sold Japanese prints through the auspices of the Wichita Art Association for the catalog. Howard W. Ellington, Director of Architectural Programs and the Frank Lloyd Wright Study Center, which is now located at WCFTA, coordinated with Barbara Thompson on the exhibition and catalog
National Fiber Directions Exhibition 2015 at Wichita Center for the Arts
03/27/2015 to 05/10/2015Opening Reception: Friday, March 27, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Complimentary Light Hors d’oeuvres and Cash Bar This is a national exhibition showcasing the art of fiber. This year’s exhibition juror is Barbara Shapiro, San Francisco, CA.
Noises Off
04/17/2015 to 04/26/2015"The most dexterously realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy. A spectacularly funny, peerless backstage farce. This dizzy, well-known romp is a festival of delirium."
- The New York Times

Noises Off is a wonderful comedy - about a horrible comedy. Each of the three acts contains a hilarious performance of the play within a play: Nothing On. The story progresses as we follow the cast through the missed-cues, backstage drama and perseverance through the mounting series of mishaps as they abandon the plot and try to ab-lib their way toward some sort of end. Featuring subtle character driven comedy along with a healthy dose of slapstick, come expecting to laugh.

The Wichita Center for the Arts Theatre is partially underwritten by the Designing Women volunteer group and Elaine and Tom Peters.
Photographic Wonders: American Daguerreotypes from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
01/17/2015 to 05/10/2015Wonderful wonder of wonders!!...Here is a revolution in art! This was the American reaction to the invention and introduction of the photographic daguerreotype in 1839. This winter exhibition presents 82 of the best daguerreotypes from the prized collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, now more than 6,500 strong. Wichita museum-goers will explore the advent of photography in these charming, imaginative historical photographs. Daguerreotypes reflect magical bits of reality from a bygone era. Well over a century later, they still hold wonder and appeal. The daguerreotype was at once a science and an art, a documentary tool and a charged emblem of emotion and memory. Very early daguerreotypes are enchanting but technically crude: exposures took many minutes and the images are relatively faint. Rapid progress was achieved as practitioners explored the invention’s commercial potential, especially its use in portraiture. In 1840–1842, exposure times were reduced from minutes to seconds, and the tones of the images were greatly improved. The potentials of photography as we know it today were explored in the daguerreotypes of the 1840s and 1850s. The Wichita presentation will be a reduced selection from the landmark show that opened the new wing at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in 2007. Hallmark Cards developed a world-class early photography collection of 6,500 works that the company donated to the museum as the Bloch Building opened. The scholarly reception of the exhibition and accompanying catalogue has been resoundingly positive and noted as "an unparalleled historical collection of American photography." Wichita audiences will be so impressed by these gems, the accessible learning, and the creative gallery presentation. This exhibition has been organized by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri.
Prairie Print Makers: Process, Style Meaning
03/14/2015 to 08/16/2015The Prairie Print Makers - the famous Wichita artist group formed in 1930 - produced some of the nation's best -respected fine art prints during the era. The Wichita Art Museum is the proud repository of over 300 prints by this important group. This exhibition explores the different processes and styles embraced by the Prairie Print Makers, especially Japanese woodblock techniques. The show is comprised of work from the museum's collection with a few strategic loans, and it complements the special exhibition of Norma Bassett Hall, the only woman artist among the Prairie Print Makers founders.
Special Exhibit: “Mod Rags from Teensville”
03/06/2015 to 05/31/2015Teenage Style of the 1960’s - The years following World War II gave rise to a new level of affluence for American youth. With unprecedented buying power teenagers began creating their own music, clothing, and culture. Local businesses quickly formed to see that these needs were met. Sedgwick County youth were not lagging behind national trends. As members of the rock and roll band The Illusions claimed in 1967: “the East Coast and the West Coast have nothing on us – we’re the Sub Coast.” This exhibit features men’s and women’s clothing and accessories from Wichita boutiques Cricket Alley, Sgt. Pepper’s Parlor, and Yankee Peddler, and stage clothing worn by Mike Daniel of the local rock and roll band The Three Profits (circa 1965), Ron Starkel of the local rock and roll band The Illusions (circa 1968) and Clif Major of the local rock and roll band The Outcasts (circa 1966). On view at the Main Street Entrance.
Spring into the Arts Festival
04/23/2015 to 04/26/2015The second annual Spring into the Arts Festival brings 12 special art and music events to Harvey County on April 23-26. Festival events include: * Art & Music in the Heart of Newton: 6-8 p.m. April 23, downtown. Enjoy art demonstrations, musical performances and special activities at downtown businesses during this annual event. Sponsored by the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce. Admission is free. * "Creative Youth: Student Art Show": 6-8 p.m. April 23, Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St., Newton. An exhibit of artwork by homeschool students will open, and bluegrass musician David Schimming will perform. Admission is free. * "The Wizard of Oz": 7:30 p.m., April 23, Newton Fox Theatre, 518 N. Main St., Newton. The historic theater will bring this classic film back to the big screen for the festival's opening night. Admission is $5. Tickets are available at the door. * "The Dining Room": 7:30 p.m. nightly, April 23-25, Krehbiel Auditorium at Bethel College, North Newton. The performing arts students at Bethel College will present their spring drama. Admission is $10. Tickets are available at the door. * Apple Blossom Festival: 5-8 p.m. April 24 on the Newton Presbyterian Manor campus, 1200 E. Seventh St., Newton. Welcome spring during this annual activity that features music, performances and activities for all ages. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children. * "Barn Quilt 101": 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 25, Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St., Newton. If you've wished for one of the personalized, colorful barn quilt squares, here's your chance to create one -- no barn required! This one-day class will offer materials and instruction to create your own to take home. Cost is $50. Class size is limited. Register at 316-284-2749. * Prairiestock Local Music Festival: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 25 at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, 177 W. Hickory, Hesston. Enjoy local artists from genres including acoustic guitar, celtic, folk, indie rock, bluegrass and more. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, dine on tasty food vendor offerings and shop at the FloraKS Native Plant Sale. Admission is $5 for adults. Children 16 and younger get in free. * "Fusion: Music & History": 2-4 p.m. April 25 at the Warkentin House, 211 E. First St., Newton. Chamber musicians will preview the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra's 20th anniversary Summer Music Concert with performances at the historic home. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau. * Sunday Afternoon at the Museum: 2 p.m. April 26 at Kauffman Museum, North Newton. Enjoy Earth Day activities. Admission is free. * Sounds of Spring: 4 p.m. April 26, Shalom Mennonite Church, 800 E. First St., Newton. The Newton Community Children's Choir will perform. Admission is free, but a free will offering will be taken for the choir. * Kansas Mennonite Men's Chorus: 7 p.m. April 26, Memorial Hall at Bethel College, North Newton. Admission to the concert is free.
Sunday Afternoon at the Museum
04/26/2015 to 04/26/2015Bring children and grandchildren to celebrate Earth Day and help Kauffman Museum launch its new collaborative project with Trees for Life International. Children will participate in a brainstorming workshop with creative writing facilitator Gail Pryce to develop text for a book to be produced during Kauffman Museum’s Uncle Carl’s Camp the week of June 15-19. Kids enrolled in the camp session will illustrate the story and it will be published and distributed worldwide via Trees for Life’s “Books for Life” initiative. The event is free and open to the public.
Temporary "Transcribing History" Exhibit in Rotating Gallery
02/28/2015 to 01/15/2016Sending an email miles away is a piece of cake in this day and age, but the written word experienced many radical changes and developments to get to this point. Over the course of five thousand years, changes in written language and how individuals wrote messages changed how human beings recorded their existence and communicated with each other. The Museum of World Treasures invites you to explore these changes in a new Rotating Gallery exhibit, "Transcribing History: Pictographs, Parchment, and the Printing Press." Visit for a glimpse into the history of an important aspect of any civilization and discover how cuneiform on clay tablets paved the way for text messages on smartphones. Experience how the simple act of writing affects many aspects of everyday life and ultimately provides the power to change the world. The Museum’s Rotating Gallery hosts new temporary exhibits on an annual basis. Each year, our Exhibits Committee selects a Student Curator to research, design, and direct the creation of this exhibit under the guidance of the Museum’s Curator of Exhibits and Research, Tim Howard. This year’s Student Curator, Emily Simon, is a Newman University student studying English and history, with a minor in international studies.
The Big Bang
04/10/2015 to 05/23/2015THE BIG BANG, starring John Bates and Kyle Vespestad, opens on Friday, April 10 at 8:00 p.m. The house opens at 6:30 for catered dinner, drinks and appetizers from our house menu. Drinks are served from 6:30 until the close of the show. Tickets are available for THE BIG BANG Friday and Saturday, April 10 - May 23, with Select Sunday matinee's at 2:00 p.m. Catered Dinner is available for Show & Dinner for all show days and times.

Tickets are $25.00 per person for Show Only, or $40.00 per person for Dinner and Show. Advance reservations are strongly suggested and are required for Dinner and Show. All dinners are plated and brought to your seat by our superb wait staff.

Wildlife Rescue Traveling Exhibit
01/24/2015 to 04/26/2015Witness compelling stories of animal rescue and the dedicated people to preserving some of the world's most interesting and exotic species.
Writing Now, Reading Now: MFA Graduates
04/26/2015 to 04/26/2015WSU MFA Graduates will be reading selected works at the Ablah Library.
Cuboctahedron: 14 Artists, 1 Epic Show
04/22/2015 to 05/02/2015Join us on Final Friday to see the WSU Graphic Design Class of 2015 and their epic show featuring the art of fourteen majestic and talented designers: Maria Brown, Sarah Diaz-Rivera, Chris Garcia, Dom Greene, Dayna Hoock, Christina Jacks, Ashlynn Lebeda, Carlos Palomino, Fidel Serrano, Gina Stevenson, Joanna Stock, Lupe Trevino, Joe Worley and Josiah Zimmerman present work that exhibit their individual character, styles, passions and over all design-y creations. Be there or be cube! April 22 - May 2, 2015 Closing reception on April 24, 2015 6pm - 10pm
Rare Books and Special Collections Exhibit
04/09/2015 to 05/12/2015Visit this exhibit to explore rare editions, historical atlases and maps, antique family bibles and much more.
Temporary "Transcribing History" Exhibit in Rotating Gallery
02/28/2015 to 01/15/2016Sending an email miles away is a piece of cake in this day and age, but the written word experienced many radical changes and developments to get to this point. Over the course of five thousand years, changes in written language and how individuals wrote messages changed how human beings recorded their existence and communicated with each other. The Museum of World Treasures invites you to explore these changes in a new Rotating Gallery exhibit, "Transcribing History: Pictographs, Parchment, and the Printing Press." Visit for a glimpse into the history of an important aspect of any civilization and discover how cuneiform on clay tablets paved the way for text messages on smartphones. Experience how the simple act of writing affects many aspects of everyday life and ultimately provides the power to change the world. The Museum’s Rotating Gallery hosts new temporary exhibits on an annual basis. Each year, our Exhibits Committee selects a Student Curator to research, design, and direct the creation of this exhibit under the guidance of the Museum’s Curator of Exhibits and Research, Tim Howard. This year’s Student Curator, Emily Simon, is a Newman University student studying English and history, with a minor in international studies.
Treasure Tales at Museum of World Treasures
06/30/2014 to 05/25/2015Ivan's Treasure Tales is a new program at the Museum of World Treasures! It takes place the last Monday of the month from 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. The program is FREE with admission to the museum. This is a preschool-aged program that includes a small Museum tour, the story listed below, and a craft or activity related to the story.
Art of Fire: Glass Art from the WAM Collection
04/04/2015 to 03/05/2016Re-imagined anew and opening in April, the museum presents a compelling arrangement of the distinguished and growing glass art collection. for the new display, the museum consulted with Seattle-based independent curator and craft scholar Vicki Halper. Notably, Halper curated WAM's popular 2014 summer exhibition, Australian Glass Art, American Links for the Museum of Glass. Revealing WAM's rich holdings, the variety, quality, and artistry of Steuben glass will be presented. In fascinating ways, the exquisite work of the Steuben Glass Works, the world-class glass manufacturer (1903-2011), continues to beguile and inspire artists. The new installation will acknowledge and examine how contemporary glass artists explore the continuing allure and legacy of Steuben. Magnificent work by such living artists as Dante Marioni and Kiki Smith will be on view. The new collection display also features a new commission - an elaborate, Steuben-inspired candelabrum - by glass artist Andy Paiko. This special work will be effervescent! It incorporates an abundantly enthusiastic array of forms and techniques first developed by Steuben. Paiko's tapering candle holders that hang gracefully from the central form, each demonstrate the Steuben "air-twist" technique, perfected by designer George Thompson. The cinched, bell-shaped forms of the upper part of the large-scale candle holder are typical of Thompson's designs. WAM's collection includes original sketches by Thompson during his time working for Steuben, making Paiko's re-imagining of Thompson's forms particularly relevant to the collection. If you haven't spent time in the museum's glass art galleries recently, you should visit soon and prepare to be impressed by the beauty and history of this special artform!
Art Start Families: Prints and Poems
04/07/2015 to 04/28/2015Veggies are good for you to eat, but they're also great for making prints. We will look at an artist who created prints of the Kansas landscape, hear some poetry about the Prairie, and make fantastic prints of our own. Come learn a new technique with us! A multi-faceted curriculum, Art Start engages preschoolers ages 3 to 5 in explorations of works of art in the galleries and artmaking activities that emphasize the State of Kansas early learning standards. Art Start family sessions are offered Tuesdays at 10 am and 1:30 pm. Group sessions are Thursdays and Fridays at 10 am and 1:30 pm. Sessions are free for WAM members and children ages 3-5 with their parent/guardian; $3 admission is charged for children ages 6 and older. Children under 3 should be in a stroller or front pack. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED, and cancellations must be made a day in advance. Email education@wichitaartmuseum.org to reserve your spot.
Art We Love
03/07/2015 to 07/19/20152015 marks the 80th anniversary of the Wichita Art Museum. To celebrate this milestone, Art We Love is a series of three exhibitions across the year that will feature works of art chosen by a cross-section of people who call Wichita home. In addition to the selection by guest community curators, each presentation of Art We Love will feature one artwork selected by popularity vote online. Benefactor Louise Caldwell Murdock gave a bequest to found the art museum and build its collection - for the Wichita community. This special series continues and honors her vision by inviting community members to come behind-the-scenes and choose a favorite artwork to share with the public. The first Art We Love installment features works of art from WAM's collection chosen by: Sarah Bagby, Watermark Books owner Emily Compton, Goodwill Industries of Kansas president Larry Hatteberg, photojournalist Jayne Milburn, WAM board member emeritus Armando Minjarez, Wichita artist and community activist Randy Regier, Wichita artist Lily Wu, KAKE Channel 10 reporter and Wichita Asian Festival president
Chipping the Block, Painting the Silk: The Color Prints of Norma Bassett Hall
02/21/2015 to 07/12/2015Guest-curated by Dr. Joby Patterson, Chipping the Block is the first one-woman exhibition of Norma Bassett Hall's work since her death in 1957. Born in Oregon, artist Norma Bassett Hall studied at the Portland Art Association and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1922 she married Arthur Hall, who had been a fellow student at the Art Institute, and the couple settled in El Dorado Kansas. It was during these early years in Kansas that Bassett Hall explored the artistic possibilities of woodblock printing. 1930 marked the launch of the Prairie Print Makers, with Bassett Hall as the only female founding member. In her work, Hall employed line, color, and pattern with delicate skill, using up to seven blocks for each print.
Cuboctahedron: 14 Artists, 1 Epic Show
04/22/2015 to 05/02/2015Join us on Final Friday to see the WSU Graphic Design Class of 2015 and their epic show featuring the art of fourteen majestic and talented designers: Maria Brown, Sarah Diaz-Rivera, Chris Garcia, Dom Greene, Dayna Hoock, Christina Jacks, Ashlynn Lebeda, Carlos Palomino, Fidel Serrano, Gina Stevenson, Joanna Stock, Lupe Trevino, Joe Worley and Josiah Zimmerman present work that exhibit their individual character, styles, passions and over all design-y creations. Be there or be cube! April 22 - May 2, 2015 Closing reception on April 24, 2015 6pm - 10pm
Fisch Haus Tuesday Night Jazz Series
04/07/2015 to 04/28/2015The 12th annual Tuesday night jazz series celebrates International Jazz Month with a roster of diverse and eclectic acts. Join us every Tuesday night, as well as the 28th of April, for a special Jazz Day celebration!
Five Alchemists: Contemporary Photographers Explore 19th-Century Techniques
02/07/2015 to 05/31/2015As the technical revolution of digital photography explodes, some artists have turned away from the speed and ease of digital imagining. The five artists chosen for this exhibition--David Emitt Adams, Jody Ake, Ethan Turpin, Heidi Kirkpatrick, and Eric Mertens--explore previously abandoned forms of chemical photography. Going back to 19th-century manuals, these artists rediscover and reinterpret the techniques and magic of photography's pioneers for today's world. On view in the Paul Ross Gallery and Scott and Carol Ritchie Gallery.
Japanese Woodblock Print Exhibition from the Permanent Collection of WCFTA
02/07/2015 to 06/07/2015This exhibit features Japanese Prints which were donated to WCFTA by Elsie Allen and several others. It will run concurrently with the Wichita Art Museum’s Prairie Print Makers Exhibition featuring the work of Norma Bassett Hall. A catalog of the WCFTA exhibition will be available for purchase at the Center. This catalog was written and generously donated by Barbara Thompson, in memory of her grandfather, Prairie Print Maker C.A. Seward. The Allen House Museum and Study Center provided the Allen House photograph and research materials based on Frank Lloyd Wright’s visit to Wichita in 1935 where he sold Japanese prints through the auspices of the Wichita Art Association for the catalog. Howard W. Ellington, Director of Architectural Programs and the Frank Lloyd Wright Study Center, which is now located at WCFTA, coordinated with Barbara Thompson on the exhibition and catalog
National Fiber Directions Exhibition 2015 at Wichita Center for the Arts
03/27/2015 to 05/10/2015Opening Reception: Friday, March 27, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Complimentary Light Hors d’oeuvres and Cash Bar This is a national exhibition showcasing the art of fiber. This year’s exhibition juror is Barbara Shapiro, San Francisco, CA.
Photographic Wonders: American Daguerreotypes from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
01/17/2015 to 05/10/2015Wonderful wonder of wonders!!...Here is a revolution in art! This was the American reaction to the invention and introduction of the photographic daguerreotype in 1839. This winter exhibition presents 82 of the best daguerreotypes from the prized collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, now more than 6,500 strong. Wichita museum-goers will explore the advent of photography in these charming, imaginative historical photographs. Daguerreotypes reflect magical bits of reality from a bygone era. Well over a century later, they still hold wonder and appeal. The daguerreotype was at once a science and an art, a documentary tool and a charged emblem of emotion and memory. Very early daguerreotypes are enchanting but technically crude: exposures took many minutes and the images are relatively faint. Rapid progress was achieved as practitioners explored the invention’s commercial potential, especially its use in portraiture. In 1840–1842, exposure times were reduced from minutes to seconds, and the tones of the images were greatly improved. The potentials of photography as we know it today were explored in the daguerreotypes of the 1840s and 1850s. The Wichita presentation will be a reduced selection from the landmark show that opened the new wing at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in 2007. Hallmark Cards developed a world-class early photography collection of 6,500 works that the company donated to the museum as the Bloch Building opened. The scholarly reception of the exhibition and accompanying catalogue has been resoundingly positive and noted as "an unparalleled historical collection of American photography." Wichita audiences will be so impressed by these gems, the accessible learning, and the creative gallery presentation. This exhibition has been organized by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri.
Prairie Print Makers: Process, Style Meaning
03/14/2015 to 08/16/2015The Prairie Print Makers - the famous Wichita artist group formed in 1930 - produced some of the nation's best -respected fine art prints during the era. The Wichita Art Museum is the proud repository of over 300 prints by this important group. This exhibition explores the different processes and styles embraced by the Prairie Print Makers, especially Japanese woodblock techniques. The show is comprised of work from the museum's collection with a few strategic loans, and it complements the special exhibition of Norma Bassett Hall, the only woman artist among the Prairie Print Makers founders.
Rare Books and Special Collections Exhibit
04/09/2015 to 05/12/2015Visit this exhibit to explore rare editions, historical atlases and maps, antique family bibles and much more.
Special Exhibit: “Mod Rags from Teensville”
03/06/2015 to 05/31/2015Teenage Style of the 1960’s - The years following World War II gave rise to a new level of affluence for American youth. With unprecedented buying power teenagers began creating their own music, clothing, and culture. Local businesses quickly formed to see that these needs were met. Sedgwick County youth were not lagging behind national trends. As members of the rock and roll band The Illusions claimed in 1967: “the East Coast and the West Coast have nothing on us – we’re the Sub Coast.” This exhibit features men’s and women’s clothing and accessories from Wichita boutiques Cricket Alley, Sgt. Pepper’s Parlor, and Yankee Peddler, and stage clothing worn by Mike Daniel of the local rock and roll band The Three Profits (circa 1965), Ron Starkel of the local rock and roll band The Illusions (circa 1968) and Clif Major of the local rock and roll band The Outcasts (circa 1966). On view at the Main Street Entrance.
Temporary "Transcribing History" Exhibit in Rotating Gallery
02/28/2015 to 01/15/2016Sending an email miles away is a piece of cake in this day and age, but the written word experienced many radical changes and developments to get to this point. Over the course of five thousand years, changes in written language and how individuals wrote messages changed how human beings recorded their existence and communicated with each other. The Museum of World Treasures invites you to explore these changes in a new Rotating Gallery exhibit, "Transcribing History: Pictographs, Parchment, and the Printing Press." Visit for a glimpse into the history of an important aspect of any civilization and discover how cuneiform on clay tablets paved the way for text messages on smartphones. Experience how the simple act of writing affects many aspects of everyday life and ultimately provides the power to change the world. The Museum’s Rotating Gallery hosts new temporary exhibits on an annual basis. Each year, our Exhibits Committee selects a Student Curator to research, design, and direct the creation of this exhibit under the guidance of the Museum’s Curator of Exhibits and Research, Tim Howard. This year’s Student Curator, Emily Simon, is a Newman University student studying English and history, with a minor in international studies.
Art of Fire: Glass Art from the WAM Collection
04/04/2015 to 03/05/2016Re-imagined anew and opening in April, the museum presents a compelling arrangement of the distinguished and growing glass art collection. for the new display, the museum consulted with Seattle-based independent curator and craft scholar Vicki Halper. Notably, Halper curated WAM's popular 2014 summer exhibition, Australian Glass Art, American Links for the Museum of Glass. Revealing WAM's rich holdings, the variety, quality, and artistry of Steuben glass will be presented. In fascinating ways, the exquisite work of the Steuben Glass Works, the world-class glass manufacturer (1903-2011), continues to beguile and inspire artists. The new installation will acknowledge and examine how contemporary glass artists explore the continuing allure and legacy of Steuben. Magnificent work by such living artists as Dante Marioni and Kiki Smith will be on view. The new collection display also features a new commission - an elaborate, Steuben-inspired candelabrum - by glass artist Andy Paiko. This special work will be effervescent! It incorporates an abundantly enthusiastic array of forms and techniques first developed by Steuben. Paiko's tapering candle holders that hang gracefully from the central form, each demonstrate the Steuben "air-twist" technique, perfected by designer George Thompson. The cinched, bell-shaped forms of the upper part of the large-scale candle holder are typical of Thompson's designs. WAM's collection includes original sketches by Thompson during his time working for Steuben, making Paiko's re-imagining of Thompson's forms particularly relevant to the collection. If you haven't spent time in the museum's glass art galleries recently, you should visit soon and prepare to be impressed by the beauty and history of this special artform!
Art We Love
03/07/2015 to 07/19/20152015 marks the 80th anniversary of the Wichita Art Museum. To celebrate this milestone, Art We Love is a series of three exhibitions across the year that will feature works of art chosen by a cross-section of people who call Wichita home. In addition to the selection by guest community curators, each presentation of Art We Love will feature one artwork selected by popularity vote online. Benefactor Louise Caldwell Murdock gave a bequest to found the art museum and build its collection - for the Wichita community. This special series continues and honors her vision by inviting community members to come behind-the-scenes and choose a favorite artwork to share with the public. The first Art We Love installment features works of art from WAM's collection chosen by: Sarah Bagby, Watermark Books owner Emily Compton, Goodwill Industries of Kansas president Larry Hatteberg, photojournalist Jayne Milburn, WAM board member emeritus Armando Minjarez, Wichita artist and community activist Randy Regier, Wichita artist Lily Wu, KAKE Channel 10 reporter and Wichita Asian Festival president
Chipping the Block, Painting the Silk: The Color Prints of Norma Bassett Hall
02/21/2015 to 07/12/2015Guest-curated by Dr. Joby Patterson, Chipping the Block is the first one-woman exhibition of Norma Bassett Hall's work since her death in 1957. Born in Oregon, artist Norma Bassett Hall studied at the Portland Art Association and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1922 she married Arthur Hall, who had been a fellow student at the Art Institute, and the couple settled in El Dorado Kansas. It was during these early years in Kansas that Bassett Hall explored the artistic possibilities of woodblock printing. 1930 marked the launch of the Prairie Print Makers, with Bassett Hall as the only female founding member. In her work, Hall employed line, color, and pattern with delicate skill, using up to seven blocks for each print.
Community Night at the Indian Center
09/17/2014 Community Night is a chance for the American Indian community and the public to take part in a variety of activities that are part of the American Indian culture. Community Night is free and everyone is welcome. For more information, call (316) 350-3340.
Cuboctahedron: 14 Artists, 1 Epic Show
04/22/2015 to 05/02/2015Join us on Final Friday to see the WSU Graphic Design Class of 2015 and their epic show featuring the art of fourteen majestic and talented designers: Maria Brown, Sarah Diaz-Rivera, Chris Garcia, Dom Greene, Dayna Hoock, Christina Jacks, Ashlynn Lebeda, Carlos Palomino, Fidel Serrano, Gina Stevenson, Joanna Stock, Lupe Trevino, Joe Worley and Josiah Zimmerman present work that exhibit their individual character, styles, passions and over all design-y creations. Be there or be cube! April 22 - May 2, 2015 Closing reception on April 24, 2015 6pm - 10pm
Five Alchemists: Contemporary Photographers Explore 19th-Century Techniques
02/07/2015 to 05/31/2015As the technical revolution of digital photography explodes, some artists have turned away from the speed and ease of digital imagining. The five artists chosen for this exhibition--David Emitt Adams, Jody Ake, Ethan Turpin, Heidi Kirkpatrick, and Eric Mertens--explore previously abandoned forms of chemical photography. Going back to 19th-century manuals, these artists rediscover and reinterpret the techniques and magic of photography's pioneers for today's world. On view in the Paul Ross Gallery and Scott and Carol Ritchie Gallery.
Japanese Woodblock Print Exhibition from the Permanent Collection of WCFTA
02/07/2015 to 06/07/2015This exhibit features Japanese Prints which were donated to WCFTA by Elsie Allen and several others. It will run concurrently with the Wichita Art Museum’s Prairie Print Makers Exhibition featuring the work of Norma Bassett Hall. A catalog of the WCFTA exhibition will be available for purchase at the Center. This catalog was written and generously donated by Barbara Thompson, in memory of her grandfather, Prairie Print Maker C.A. Seward. The Allen House Museum and Study Center provided the Allen House photograph and research materials based on Frank Lloyd Wright’s visit to Wichita in 1935 where he sold Japanese prints through the auspices of the Wichita Art Association for the catalog. Howard W. Ellington, Director of Architectural Programs and the Frank Lloyd Wright Study Center, which is now located at WCFTA, coordinated with Barbara Thompson on the exhibition and catalog
JJ Grey and Mofro at The Cotillion
04/29/2015 to 04/29/2015JJ GREY AND MOFRO WED, APRIL 29, 2015 DOORS: 7:PM ADVANCE $21.50 - DAY OF SHOW $25.00 ON SALE FRI 1/30 10AM THIS EVENT IS ALL AGES All seating is general admission. Table reservations available at The Cotillion or by calling 316-722-4201. Nancy's Amazing Sandwiches will be here serving her Famous #8 and more! Text CONCERT to 49798 for concert updates and chances at FREE tickets! From the days of playing greasy local juke joints to headlining major festivals, JJ Grey remains an unfettered, blissful performer, singing with a blue-collared spirit over the bone-deep grooves of his compositions. His presence before an audience is something startling and immediate, at times a funk rave-up, other times a sort of mass-absolution for the mortal weaknesses that make him and his audience human. When you see JJ Grey and his band Mofro live—and you truly, absolutely must—the man is fearless. Onstage, Grey delivers his songs with compassion and a relentless honesty, but perhaps not until Ol’ Glory has a studio record captured the fierceness and intimacy that defines a Grey live performance. “I wanted that crucial lived-in feel,” Grey says of Ol’ Glory, and here he hits his mark. On the new album, Grey and his current Mofro lineup offer grace and groove in equal measure, with an easygoing quality to the production that makes those beautiful muscular drum-breaks sound as though the band has set up in your living room. Despite a redoubtable stage presence, Grey does get performance anxiety—specifically, when he's suspended 50 feet above the soil of his pecan grove, clearing moss from the upper trees. “The tops of the trees are even worse,” he laughs, “say closer to 70, maybe even 80 feet. I'm not phobic about heights, but I don't think anyone's crazy about getting up in a bucket and swinging all around. I wanted to fertilize this year but didn't get a chance. This February I will, about two tons—to feed the trees.”
Montgomery Gentry
04/29/2015 to 04/29/2015Montgomery Gentry live at Club Rodeo!
Performing their hits like...

- Hell yeah
- Something to be proud of
- My town

... and many more!

Must be 18 years old to enter (with cover charge). Over 21 is free!
National Fiber Directions Exhibition 2015 at Wichita Center for the Arts
03/27/2015 to 05/10/2015Opening Reception: Friday, March 27, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Complimentary Light Hors d’oeuvres and Cash Bar This is a national exhibition showcasing the art of fiber. This year’s exhibition juror is Barbara Shapiro, San Francisco, CA.
Photographic Wonders: American Daguerreotypes from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
01/17/2015 to 05/10/2015Wonderful wonder of wonders!!...Here is a revolution in art! This was the American reaction to the invention and introduction of the photographic daguerreotype in 1839. This winter exhibition presents 82 of the best daguerreotypes from the prized collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, now more than 6,500 strong. Wichita museum-goers will explore the advent of photography in these charming, imaginative historical photographs. Daguerreotypes reflect magical bits of reality from a bygone era. Well over a century later, they still hold wonder and appeal. The daguerreotype was at once a science and an art, a documentary tool and a charged emblem of emotion and memory. Very early daguerreotypes are enchanting but technically crude: exposures took many minutes and the images are relatively faint. Rapid progress was achieved as practitioners explored the invention’s commercial potential, especially its use in portraiture. In 1840–1842, exposure times were reduced from minutes to seconds, and the tones of the images were greatly improved. The potentials of photography as we know it today were explored in the daguerreotypes of the 1840s and 1850s. The Wichita presentation will be a reduced selection from the landmark show that opened the new wing at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in 2007. Hallmark Cards developed a world-class early photography collection of 6,500 works that the company donated to the museum as the Bloch Building opened. The scholarly reception of the exhibition and accompanying catalogue has been resoundingly positive and noted as "an unparalleled historical collection of American photography." Wichita audiences will be so impressed by these gems, the accessible learning, and the creative gallery presentation. This exhibition has been organized by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri.
Prairie Print Makers: Process, Style Meaning
03/14/2015 to 08/16/2015The Prairie Print Makers - the famous Wichita artist group formed in 1930 - produced some of the nation's best -respected fine art prints during the era. The Wichita Art Museum is the proud repository of over 300 prints by this important group. This exhibition explores the different processes and styles embraced by the Prairie Print Makers, especially Japanese woodblock techniques. The show is comprised of work from the museum's collection with a few strategic loans, and it complements the special exhibition of Norma Bassett Hall, the only woman artist among the Prairie Print Makers founders.
Rare Books and Special Collections Exhibit
04/09/2015 to 05/12/2015Visit this exhibit to explore rare editions, historical atlases and maps, antique family bibles and much more.
Special Exhibit: “Mod Rags from Teensville”
03/06/2015 to 05/31/2015Teenage Style of the 1960’s - The years following World War II gave rise to a new level of affluence for American youth. With unprecedented buying power teenagers began creating their own music, clothing, and culture. Local businesses quickly formed to see that these needs were met. Sedgwick County youth were not lagging behind national trends. As members of the rock and roll band The Illusions claimed in 1967: “the East Coast and the West Coast have nothing on us – we’re the Sub Coast.” This exhibit features men’s and women’s clothing and accessories from Wichita boutiques Cricket Alley, Sgt. Pepper’s Parlor, and Yankee Peddler, and stage clothing worn by Mike Daniel of the local rock and roll band The Three Profits (circa 1965), Ron Starkel of the local rock and roll band The Illusions (circa 1968) and Clif Major of the local rock and roll band The Outcasts (circa 1966). On view at the Main Street Entrance.
Temporary "Transcribing History" Exhibit in Rotating Gallery
02/28/2015 to 01/15/2016Sending an email miles away is a piece of cake in this day and age, but the written word experienced many radical changes and developments to get to this point. Over the course of five thousand years, changes in written language and how individuals wrote messages changed how human beings recorded their existence and communicated with each other. The Museum of World Treasures invites you to explore these changes in a new Rotating Gallery exhibit, "Transcribing History: Pictographs, Parchment, and the Printing Press." Visit for a glimpse into the history of an important aspect of any civilization and discover how cuneiform on clay tablets paved the way for text messages on smartphones. Experience how the simple act of writing affects many aspects of everyday life and ultimately provides the power to change the world. The Museum’s Rotating Gallery hosts new temporary exhibits on an annual basis. Each year, our Exhibits Committee selects a Student Curator to research, design, and direct the creation of this exhibit under the guidance of the Museum’s Curator of Exhibits and Research, Tim Howard. This year’s Student Curator, Emily Simon, is a Newman University student studying English and history, with a minor in international studies.
Art of Fire: Glass Art from the WAM Collection
04/04/2015 to 03/05/2016Re-imagined anew and opening in April, the museum presents a compelling arrangement of the distinguished and growing glass art collection. for the new display, the museum consulted with Seattle-based independent curator and craft scholar Vicki Halper. Notably, Halper curated WAM's popular 2014 summer exhibition, Australian Glass Art, American Links for the Museum of Glass. Revealing WAM's rich holdings, the variety, quality, and artistry of Steuben glass will be presented. In fascinating ways, the exquisite work of the Steuben Glass Works, the world-class glass manufacturer (1903-2011), continues to beguile and inspire artists. The new installation will acknowledge and examine how contemporary glass artists explore the continuing allure and legacy of Steuben. Magnificent work by such living artists as Dante Marioni and Kiki Smith will be on view. The new collection display also features a new commission - an elaborate, Steuben-inspired candelabrum - by glass artist Andy Paiko. This special work will be effervescent! It incorporates an abundantly enthusiastic array of forms and techniques first developed by Steuben. Paiko's tapering candle holders that hang gracefully from the central form, each demonstrate the Steuben "air-twist" technique, perfected by designer George Thompson. The cinched, bell-shaped forms of the upper part of the large-scale candle holder are typical of Thompson's designs. WAM's collection includes original sketches by Thompson during his time working for Steuben, making Paiko's re-imagining of Thompson's forms particularly relevant to the collection. If you haven't spent time in the museum's glass art galleries recently, you should visit soon and prepare to be impressed by the beauty and history of this special artform!