About this Event

Photo of a Black man with a mustache and goatee wearing a red baseball hat and a black hoodie with a stud on his left ear and gold chain with a circular photo attached to it

Artist Robert Peterson

In 2012, Robert Peterson picked up a paintbrush for the first time after receiving word from his doctors that he needed surgery to replace his hip as a means to relieve his fear of going under the knife. After painting a few works, Peterson’s work began to sell and just eight months later he had his first solo exhibition in New York City at Smile Design Gallery.

Ten years later, Peterson’s paintings began to evolve and focus more on the Black experience through the lens of his life which is projected onto each new work stating that, “My art is my truth and my voice, it reflects a softer side of black people often not portrayed in the media and yet it still finds a way to show our strength and resilience, something that I want to see more of in galleries and museums.”

WAM’s new acquisition Sunday Kind of Love, now on view in the exhibition Love for All My Life, exemplifies this with an intimate portrayal that is representative of Peterson and his wife, Marina, quietly laying together and listening to each other’s heartbeat.

About WAM Nights: We’re open late on Fridays until 9 pm! Get your weekend started with after-hours access to the galleries, dinner at 1400 by Elderslie or shopping in the Museum Store. WAM Nights will include programs with artists, musicians, and performers–don’t miss your chance to see the art at WAM in a new way!

General admission to WAM Nights and to the galleries is free.

New Acquisition

A Black man and a Black woman laying in a bed together

Robert Peterson, Sunday Kind of Love, 2022. Oil on canvas, 54 x 114 inches. Wichita Art Museum, Museum Purchase, Burneta Adair Endowment Fund