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Wichita Art Museum
Wichita, KS

Wichita Art Museum
1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, Kansas 67203-3296

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B.J.O. Nordfeldt: American Internationalist

Lloyd Foltz: Prairie Print Maker

B.J.O. Nordfeldt: American Internationalist

Celebrating 1920: Women Artists from the Wichita Art Museum Collection


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Nordfeldt Connections in Wichita
Through March 13, 2022
DeVore Gallery

About This Exhibition
Nordfeldt Connections pairs with B.J.O. Nordfeldt: American Internationalist to highlight this internationally regarded artist’s connections to Wichita in the 1930s. Nordfeldt was tied to our city through local son Ed Davison, a banker and painter who summered in New Mexico and befriended many notable artists in the art colonies of Taos and Santa Fe. Nordfeldt frequently visited Davison in Wichita, sometimes on extended stays when he lectured and taught classes. Nordfeldt Connections features work by Nordfeldt himself and his friends Ed Davison, Birger Sandzen, and others.

Lloyd Foltz: Prairie Print Maker
Through April 10, 2022
Kurdian Gallery

About This Exhibition
Lloyd Foltz: Prairie Print Maker celebrates a self-taught artist who rose to become one of the region’s key printmakers. A native of Kansas’ Flint Hills, Foltz began his career as a commercial artist at the Western Lithograph Company in Wichita, where he worked under printmaker C.A. Seward. Although he had no formal art training beyond a three-month stint at the Art Institute of Chicago, Foltz—with Seward’s encouragement—nevertheless became a key member of the Prairie Print Makers. Lloyd Foltz: Prairie Print Maker is guest curated by Barbara Thompson, granddaughter of Prairie Print Maker founder C. A. Seward. It is part of an ongoing series of exhibitions at the museum that celebrates the Prairie Print Makers and their regional and national legacy.

B.J.O. Nordfeldt: American Internationalist
Through January 6, 2022
Louise and S. O. Beren Gallery

About This Exhibition
Bror Julius Olsson Nordfeldt (1878–1955) was a modernist of international reputation. With a spirit that sought new locations for new artistic inspiration, he lived in or near artist colonies in Provincetown in Massachusetts, Santa Fe in New Mexico, and New Hope in Pennsylvania.

The first scholarly assessment in decades and retrospective of the artist is organized by the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota. The Wichita Art Museum will mount this special exhibition in fall 2021.

Nordfeldt was a regular among the Wichita art scene in the 1930s. Banker and painter Ed Davison summered often in Taos, and he befriended many notable artists in the art colonies of Taos and Santa Fe. He brought them to Wichita for visits, exhibition, and sales opportunities as well as his own artistic inquiry. Nordfeldt made many extended visits to the home of Ed and Faye Davison in Wichita. In fact, he was already a friend of Lindsborg artist and fellow Swede, Birger Sandzen. The pair first crossed paths with Chicago’s Swedish-American exhibitions in the early teens.

With this anchor for Nordfeldt in Wichita, it is important to bring his retrospective to Kansas. New audiences will encounter this masterful modernist who was received in our city with warmth and appreciation in the early decades of the 20th century.

B.J.O. Nordfeldt: American Internationalist is organized by the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The Wichita presentation has been generously underwritten by presenting sponsor Lattner Family Foundation. The Trust Company of Kansas and DeVore Foundation are lead sponsors. Charles E. Baker and Judy Slawson Family Exhibition Fund provided additional major underwriting. Shaw Family Foundation and Sarah T. Smith are principal sponsors. Generous support has been provided by Ann and Martin Bauer, Berry Foundation, Donna J. Bunk, J. Eric Engstrom and Robert Bell, Rich and Joey Giblin, Carol and H. Guy Glidden, John and Karen Hageman, and Mary Sue Smith. Charles E. Baker and Jim V. Phillips Exhibition Fund, Emily Bonavia, Harold and Evelyn Gregg, Norma Greever, Helen and Ed Healy, Terry and Lou Heldman, Anita Jones and Richard Hite, Delmar and Mary Klocke, Errol and Suzanne Luginbill, Tom and Mindy Page, Debbie and Ron Sinclair, Georgia and Keith Stevens, and Janice and Jeff Van Sickle are additional exhibition patrons.

2021 exhibitions and public programs are generously supported by the Downing Foundation. All museum exhibitions receive generous sponsorship from the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum and the City of Wichita.

Celebrating 1920: Women Artists from the Wichita Art Museum Collection
Throug November 7, 2021
Paul Ross Gallery

About This Exhibition
In August 1920, a Constitutional Amendment gave women the right to vote. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, Celebrating 1920 features work by women artists from the permanent collection.

The exhibition spans works made before and after women gained the right to vote, exploring women’s contribution to various art movements of the 19th and 20th centuries. Featured artists include Rosa Bonheur, Marguerite Zorach, Helen Frankenthaler, Audrey Flack, Gail Albert-Halaban, and others.

Join the Wichita Art Museum and the League of Women Voters in commemorating women’s suffrage. This exhibition was originally planned for spring 2020 but was delayed due to Covid-19 closures.

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