The Howard E. Wooden Lecture Series is made possible by the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum.
Since 1960, the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum (FWAM) has dedicated time, talent, and treasure to one of Kansas' premier art museums, located in the heart of the Museums on the River district in Wichita, Kansas. The Friends of the Wichita Art Museum have worked tirelessly to fulfill their mission to establish a permanent endowment for art acquisitions, exhibitions, and educational opportunities for the Wichita metropolitan community.
In February 1997, the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum established what has become a substantial endowment through its chief fundraising activities including an annual Art & Book Fair and Art on a Monday.
The Friends also enjoy regular trips to museums throughout Kansas and the region and social events for like-minded art lovers.
The Murdock Society is the Wichita Art Museum’s premier patron group.
Wichitans with a curiosity about cultural trends and art world developments--people who are eager to combine learning with lively socializing--assemble for a variety of Murdock gatherings across the year. Spirited camaraderie pairs with exploring ideas and discovering new artists. A speaker series, conversation evenings, house parties, exhibition opening patron previews, and trips comprise the lineup of Murdock Society programs.
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, publisher of the Wichita Eagle and prominent city leader. 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 Murdock. Today's Murdock Society members, in similar fashion, invest in the ongoing cultural vibrancy of Wichita through annual patron-level membership.