About This Exhibition

Nordfeldt Connections pairs with B.J.O. Nordfeldt: American Internationalist to highlight this internationally regarded artist’s connections to Wichita in the 1930s. Nordfeldt was tied to our city through local son Ed Davison, a banker and painter who summered in New Mexico and befriended many notable artists in the art colonies of Taos and Santa Fe. Nordfeldt frequently visited Davison in Wichita, sometimes on extended stays when he lectured and taught classes. Nordfeldt Connections features work by Nordfeldt himself and his friends Ed Davison, Birger Sandzen, and others.

A road leads down from a mesa to the valley below.

Edmund L. Davison, Mesa Road, 1943. Oil on canvas, 27 x 34 inches. Wichita Art Museum, Edmund L. and Faye Davison Collection

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Painting of two girls and one boy looking at the viewer. One girls is wearing a brown dress and jacket, holding a broan dog. One girl is wearing a short-sleve burgundy dress. The boy is wearing a white, button-down shirt and hold a magazine in his lap. There are books on the shelf behind them.

B.J.O. Nordfeldt: American Internationalist in Wichita
By Barbara Thompson

Shortly after settling in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Swedish-born artist B.J.O. Nordfeldt spent extended periods of time in Wichita. His visits began in the early 1920s and continued for the next 20 years. This publication examines how these years visiting Wichita distinctly influenced his work and career and how his activities impacted the city’s arts community.

28 pages

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