About this Event

Mary Frances Ivey, WAM’s Sarachek Curatorial Fellow for Wiggins Studies

10 AM | Complimentary coffee and pastries
10:30 AM | Presentation

Join Mary Frances Ivey, WAM’s Sarachek Curatorial Fellow for Wiggins Studies, for a talk about the exhibition Coming of Age: Women Growing Older in American Art. Curated by Ivey, this exhibition presents a sensitive and expansive vision of womanhood in the United States, demonstrating the ways that ageism both targets and overlooks women while celebrating the intersectionality of aging—a natural, inevitable part of life. 

Mary Frances Ivey is a curatorial fellow at the Wichita Art Museum and a PhD candidate at the University of Kansas, where she studies works of art created since the 1960s. In her dissertation, “Picturing Age in the Work of Three Contemporary American Women Artists,” Ivey examines artist’ representations of old age in self-portraits, portraits of their mothers, and images of imagined elderly personas. Her other research interests include grief, dis/ability, and fiber art and textiles.


Senior Wednesdays are informational and entertaining sessions, designed for active seniors ages 55 & older and offered by a collaboration of Wichita museums and cultural institutions.