Today we will be filling you in on everything we know about art in Wichita. Galleries, museums, supplies, schools, shows, events and more will all be covered thoroughly right here.
Our main objective is to get you all of the info you need as quickly as possible. We will begin by diving into the best Wichita Art Galleries and Museums where you can see some of the finest exhibitions and collections the city has to offer.
After covering them we will get into the best art stores in town where you can find all the supplies and materials you need. The top shows, festivals, and events throughout the year will need to get their own section as well.
Taking an art walking tour or checking out some of the most creative statues and sculptures around town can be a lot of fun when the weather is nice. Local art classes and lessons can be a great way to step your game up and whether you prefer group classes or private lessons there are plenty of options.
There are some art studios for rent near you if you are itching to get your next project started. Dealers, appraisers and framing shops will also be discussed as things move forward.
Be sure to check out our local art map before you go to get a better feel for the area. You can read more of our posts on cities around the Midwest there.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Wichita
If you want to visit the best art galleries and museums in Wichita you can go to:
- Wichita Art Museum at 1400 West Museum Blvd
- Midwest Center for Photography at 1215 Franklin St
- Harvester Arts at 215 N Washington Ave
- Hue Gallery of Contemporary Art at 751 George Washington Blvd
- Fisch Haus at 524 S Commerce St
- Shift Space Gallery at 334 St Francis Ave
- Ulrich Museum Of Art at 1845 Fairmount St
- Walls Visual Art Gallery at 204 S Main St
- Gallery 12 at 412 E Douglas Ave #A
- Prairie Vistas Gallery at 3236 E Douglas Ave #100
- Mathews Gallery at 4902 E Central Ave
- The Kansas African American Museum at 601 N Water St
The Wichita Art Museum, which opened in 1935, has a long and illustrious history in South Central Kansas and the Midwest. Mary Cassatt, Arthur G. Dove, Thomas Eakins, Robert Henri, Douglas Abdell, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, John Marin, Paul Meltsner, Horace Pippin, Maurice Prendergast, Albert Pinkham Ryder, and Charles Sheeler are among the artists represented in the collection. Dale Chihuly designed the Museum’s foyer ceiling and chandelier.
Midwest Photography Center is located in the Museums on the River District and is dedicated to the creative exploration of photography as a medium. The gallery offers exhibiting opportunities in a commercial setting for new creators as well as regionally and globally recognized mid-career artists.
Harvester Arts is a local non-profit group that was created in 2013 and that provides intelligent, high-quality visual arts programs that engage the community through critical dialogue and new work development. Since 2013, HUE Gallery of Contemporary Art has been a haven for ambitious and cutting-edge creators. They encourage and promote visual arts in the community by growing the collections of patrons and businesses alike through exhibitions, local networking, and online marketplaces.
ShiftSpace Gallery, which opened in 2005, got its name from its early days as a roaming gallery. ShiftSpace was on the move again in 2019, leaving Commerce Street for a new location at Groover Labs on Third and St. Francis in the Old Town neighborhood.
The Ulrich Museum of Art, located on WSU’s campus, is the region’s source for modern and contemporary art. The Ulrich offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see our planet through the views of today’s finest creative minds.
Gallery XII was established as the area’s first cooperative art gallery. They specialize in both 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional fine works in a variety of genres and media. Prairie Vistas Photography is the work of local photographer John D Morrison, who specializes in Kansas landscape photography, particularly Flint Hills photography.
Matthews Gallery features outstanding American, European, and Santa Fe/Taos fine art from the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. Their art advisory services help collectors with sales, acquisitions, and appraisals.
The Kansas African American Museum, once the historic Calvary Baptist Church, was once the heart of the city’s thriving black community. It was constructed in 1917 and housed jazz musicians and Negro League baseball players amongst other icons of the generation.
Materials & Supplies Near You
These art stores are good places to buy new supplies or materials:
- Mrs Olearys Art at 126 N Mead St
- Michaels at 2441 N Maize Rd #2201
- Joann at 3665 N Rock Rd
- Hobby Lobby at 2425 N Greenwich Rd
- Dollar Tree at 2120 N Amidon Ave
Mrs. O’Leary’s is an eclectic collection of paper craft supplies, metalsmithing equipment, charms, antiques, and much more. There are several pleasures to delight your body, mind, spirit, and senses including weekly arts workshops that will stimulate your creative side.
You probably already know what chain stores like the Michaels, Joann, Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby near you have to offer. Dollar Tree may not have anything high end, but they are a good place to buy cheap art supplies near you in a pinch.
Shows & Events
There are some great local art shows, festivals, and events like:
- Festival of the Arts in September
- Autumn & Art Bradley Fair in September
- Wichita First Friday at 200 E 1st St N #204
Over 50 local merchants will be on-site at the Wichita Festival of the Arts to display their community’s talents in arts and entertainment. Enjoy the music, see a show, or browse the vendor booths.
Autumn & Art is an annual festival held in Bradley Fair in September that combines creativity, cuisine, and fun into a large crowd. Browse and purchase one-of-a-kind artwork in a range of media while listening to live music and entertainment. The juried fine art event is open to the public and draws not just 100 creators from throughout the country, but also thousands of patrons who admire their work in photography, painting, sculpture, and other genres.
The First Friday gallery crawl provides a unique chance for thousands of students, families, and art lovers to engage with local art at various venues throughout the city each month.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
Art dealers and appraisers near you are places to find new unique pieces or learn the value of something you already own:
- Mid America Fine Arts at 2601 E Central Ave
- Overstock Art at 1401 S Mosley St
- DNA Art Gallery at 216 N Mosley St
Mid-America Fine Arts has over 700 pieces of traditional art for sale by Kansas and American great creators like Aaron Bohrod, Joseph Meert, John Edward Costigan, Alfred Montgomery, John Steuart Curry, James Penney, Marion Greenwood, Henry Varnum Poor, Bill Harrison, Doris Rosenthal, Herschel C. Logan, Birger Sandzen, Karl Mattern, Clayton Staples, and many Prairie Privilege artists.
Stacy and David Sasson established overstockart.com in 2002 and the company that is headquartered here employs over 20 people across three continents. The company provides the most comprehensive selection of oil paintings and frames to choose from in the online oil painting industry including works by Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir, Klimt, Degas, Munch, and many others.
DNA Art Gallery is a DNA Portrait firm that expertly combines art and science to produce your individual genetic mark on canvas.
The Arts Council has been particularly supportive of the Environmental Art Walk project, approving five big environmental, interactive artworks by six creators with public experience in this area. Don’t forget about the First Friday events held each month that we linked you too earlier either.
Sculptures & Statues
Another fun thing to do on a sunny day would be to check out some of these statues and sculptures:
- Wichita Stonehenge at 720 Nims St
- The Keeper of the Plains at 339 Veterans Pkwy
- Bumper Bulls at 3701 North Tyler Rd
- Troll Statue at 777 W Central Ave
Stonehenge is a junior member of the American Stonehenge family and is a collection of limestone megaliths with colored glass ornaments built as a solstice calendar. The Keeper of the Plains is a 44-foot-tall steel sculpture located downtown near the confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas rivers. Wichitan and Native American artist Blackbear Bosin made the American Indian sculpture.
Bumper Guard Bulls is one of two large longhorn bulls that stand as a mascot in front of a high school. It was made in 1978 out of chrome automobile bumpers.
In May 2007, the Troll first emerged, tethered to some pipes beneath a massive sidewalk grate near the Arkansas River. Constance Ernat, a local sculptor, made him.
Wichita Art Classes
Whether you are trying to find private lessons or group classes for kids, teens, or adults some of the best art schools in Wichita are:
- Mark Arts at 1307 N Rock Rd
- Jennie Becker Studio at 7825 E Killarney Pl
- Wichita Pottery at 300 N Meridian Ave
- Paint the Towne at 8037 E Peachtree Ln
- Karen Peck Art Studio at 1309 N Forestview Ct
- Pinot’s Palette at 338 N Mead St
Mark Arts has a long history dating back to its founding as the Wichita Art Association in 1920. In 1990, it was renamed the Wichita Center for the Arts, and in 2016, it was renamed Mark Arts. Painting, drawing, culinary arts, ceramics, sculpting, printmaking, enameling, jewelry, and other creative endeavours are taught to adults, youths, and children at Mark Arts.
Jennie Becker Studio is a studio artist whose work may be seen in collections in Barcelona, Spain, and Italy. Public installations of tile murals and clay sculptures, hanging wall murals, functional shapes, oil paintings, and other works comprise what they have created.
At Pottery Wichita you can learn basic methods while working on one-of-a-kind masterpieces. They offer fast-paced, enjoyable classes in which you build clay items with your hands and a few tools.
Paint the Towne provides everything you need to create your own work of art. Karen Peck Art has been teaching for over 30 years and offers small group workshops as well as paint parties for people of all ages.
Public lessons, private parties, and corporate team building are all available at Pinot’s Palette. Given that alcohol is allowed and maybe even encouraged at their classes it is fair to say these lessons might be a bit more casual than the others, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still learn something.
Art classes are also available at other places we have mentioned like HUE Gallery of Contemporary Art and Mrs Olearys Art.
Studios For Rent Near You
There might be some studio space to rent available at:
Fisch Haus is a multi-disciplinary art facility located in the Commerce St. Art District that now houses five full-time local creatives as well as a continuous stream of regional and international artists and performers.
Studio School serves as a creative hub for local artists and entrepreneurs who are in the early phases of their professions. It is housed in the former Metro Boulevard High School and features 16 studios, a commercial kitchen, and multi-use event space.
When you need art framing services in Wichita you can try:
- Art & Frame at 1317 N Maize Rd Ste 105
- The Frame Guild at 506 E Douglas Ave
- Heart’s Desire Cross Stitch & Custom Framing at 3210 E Douglas Ave
- The Frame Shop at 2132 N Rock Rd
- Art & Frame at 1317 N Maize Ct
For nearly 20 years Art & Frame has been family owned and operated. They are a cheerful family of artists and designers who provide bespoke picture frames, shadowboxes, fine art printing, photo restoration, and digital image services to individuals and businesses.
The Frame Guild specializes in frame restoration and conservation in addition to offering a large selection of high-quality frames. Their French matting distinguishes out due to their creativity, amazing design, and craftsmanship. They also offer beautiful stitching that is tailored to their clients’ aesthetic preferences.
Heart’s Desire Cross Stitch & Custom Framing sells fibers, charts, floss, charms, and fabrics in addition to pre-made pieces and framing services. They even sell Russian punch needle supplies, which is a simpler kind of embroidery done in a style akin to cross stitch.
Art & Frame is a service provider that offers high-quality image framing, printing, picture frames, and artwork near you. In case you might be interested we have also written guides about:
Have Fun Enjoying The Wichita Art Scene
Well guys, we tried to cover the full art scene near you to the best of our abilities. We listed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in the area.
If you are still here you probably are a really big fan of the local art scene. Feel free to share your own tips, or to let us know if you noticed anything incorrect.
Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies or doing anything that has to do with art in Wichita!