Murdock Members

About Murdock Membership

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Murdock Mixology @ WAM — November 2022

Murdock Members have savvy just like Louise Caldwell Murdock, WAM’s founder. They invest in WAM’s future and the cultural ecosystem of Wichita. Murdock Members satisfy their curiosity with programs that give insights into cultural trends, access to artists and creatives, and social events through a variety of Murdock gatherings throughout the year. Spirited camaraderie pairs with exploring ideas and discovering new artists.

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Murdock Society Trip - 2023

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The Art Preserve at John Michael Kohler Arts Center

The Murdock Society’s next adventure was inspired by a Murdock Mixology visit last November from Sam Gappmayer, retired director of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, and artist Beth Lipman, whose installation Living History is on view in the Boeing Foyer. Murdock members were charmed by tales of art inspired by nature in Milwaukee and Sheboygan.

Together we will unearth cultural delights in museums, galleries, gardens, historic and private homes in Milwaukee. We will venture to Sheboygan to see the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and the Art Preserve, an experimental space designed to house the Center’s collection of artist-built environments, along with a visit to artist Beth Lipman’s studio. We will also journey to Racine for Frank Lloyd Wright treasures and more Wisconsin art.


Society History

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Murdock Mixology — November 2022

The Murdock Society takes its name from the civic-minded and cultured Murdock family of Wichita. Louise Caldwell Murdock left a substantial bequest to establish the Roland P. Murdock Collection in honor of her husband. The bequest challenged the City of Wichita to house and maintain the collection devoted to American art, and this inspired act of generosity set in motion the establishment of the Wichita Art Museum. The museum now cares for one of the most distinguished collections of American art, thanks to the forward-looking insight and rare generosity of Louise and Roland P. Murdock. Today’s Murdock Society members, in similar fashion, invest in the ongoing cultural vibrancy of Wichita through annual patron-level membership.