The Wichita Art Museum is holding several events this year to celebrate its 75th anniversary. It was in 1935 that the museum first opened its doors on the same spot where it sits today near the Little Arkansas River.
1) On Sunday the museum will have a reception and book signing for the new book, "Wichita Art Museum: 75 Years of American Art." Cookies and punch will be served from 2 to 4 p.m. Authors Novelene Ross and Stephen Gleissner will sign copies of the book, and Ross will also give a presentation.
The book has more than 80 photographs of paintings, sculptures, graphics and decorative arts from artists such as Mary Cassatt, Edward Hopper, Tom Otterness and more. The book will be sold for $34.95 in the museum's store or online at www.wichitaartmuseum.org.
2) Admission to the museum on Sunday will be free. Brunch is available on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with drinks and desserts available until 3 p.m.
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3) Save the date of Oct. 17. That's when an exhibition will open that will highlight the art profiled in "The Wichita Art Museum: 75 Years of American Art."
A party will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University to mark the opening of " Crossroads: The Art of Gordon Parks." Cost is $7 for nonmembers, free for members. The exhibit will be on display through April 11 in the Polk and Wilson galleries. For more information, call 316-978-3664.