About This Event

Artist Barbara Earl Thomas in her studio.

Artist Barbara Earl Thomas in her studio. Photo courtesy Berette Macaulay.  

Celebrate the opening of WAM’s featured fall exhibitions, Barbara Earl Thomas: The Illuminated Body and Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice.

1 PM | Artist Talk with Barbara Earl Thomas followed by a book signing of the exhibition catalogue.

2:30 PM | Performance by ARISE (African-Americans Renewing Interest in Spirituals Ensemble)

Galleries open 10 AM-5 PM.

Due to the Prairie Fire Marathon, visitors should allow a few extra minutes to arrive at WAM for Opening Day festivities. The Prairie Fire Marathon will be running in the area from 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  Some streets may be temporarily blocked for runner safety. 

Museum staff recommend accessing the Museum from the north, at Pine and Litchfield Streets. From 13th Street North, drive south on North River Boulevard, then continue south on Litchfield Street which intersects with Pine Street. Personnel will direct traffic into the Museum parking lot. 


Visit the Museum Store.  WAM Members: Remember to show your digital membership card for a 10% discount in the restaurant and Store.

Donors, Sponsors & Community Partners

DeVore Foundation
The Fidelity Bank Foundation
Sondra Langel
Dwane and Velma Wallace Foundation

Charles E. Baker and Jim V. Phillips Exhibition Fund
Charles E. Baker
Emily Bonavia
Emprise Bank
Dr. Harold and Mrs. Evelyn Gregg
Sonia Greteman and Chris Brunner
The Gridley Family Foundation
Lou and Terry Heldman
IMA Foundation
The Shaw Family Foundation
Lee and Ron Starkel
Georgia and Keith Stevens
Janice and Jeff Van Sickle

2023 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. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Generous support for this project is provided by Art Bridges.