About this Event

Woman with chin-lengthy light grey hair wearing glasses, a necklace and a black top

Artist Judith Schaechter

Join Judith Schaechter, a pioneer of contemporary stained glass art, in the galleries to learn about WAM’s new acquisition, Here I Come.

In Here I Come, the artist conveys a powerful message centered around female empowerment and environmental activism. Rather than adhering to traditional portrayals of women as damsels in distress, this artwork showcases a young woman running through a field with the determination of a superhero. Her resolute expression and the proclamation, ‘Here I come to save the day!’ reflect her agency and commitment to addressing one of the most pressing issues of our time—the climate crisis.

The stained glass, typically associated with religious depictions, transforms into a contemporary medium for conveying this urgent message. Instead of heavenly motifs, the glass now radiates the heat of a summer day, albeit with an artificial quality. This transformation signifies the impact of human actions on the natural world, portraying a sense of urgency.


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 (‘Happy Hour’ drinks 3-6 pm), 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! The museum comes to life with local creatives during WAM Nights!


New Acquisition

Rectangular stained glass lightbox with a sun image and flowers in the upper left corner and the figure of a blue girl running away from the sun

Judith Schaechter, Here I Come, 2022. Stained glass lightbox, 24 x 40 inches. Wichita Art Museum, Museum purchase, F. Price Cossman Memorial Trust, INTRUST Bank, Trustee.