The Wichita Art Museum has been a place where artists find inspiration from works of art and other artists. Wichita artist Kent T. Williams acknowledged, "Field trips to the Wichita Art Museum have been always exciting times for me, possessing potential new discoveries and delightful memories from my formative years in the galleries of inspiring works of art. I am grateful for these collected objects, the expansion they afford me, and the human relationships they fertilize, growing our experience and community."
The Artist Project ties this phenomenon of creative response to art by artists with the 2016 book Wichita Artists in Their Studios. Fifty Wichita-based artists appeared in the special publication. In turn, these artists now explore the collection of the Wichita Art Museum. The galleries will reveal what artistic treasures ignited the imagination and respect of this diverse group of Wichita's visual artists. The show features an eclectic and powerful selection "curated" by the sensibilities of artists.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website
Whether or not you go, Wichita Artists In Their Studios presents intimate portraits of these fifty artists at work. Landscape painters and fiber artists, sculptors and fine-art photographers, ceramicists and installation artists - all of them have found a place in Wichita to make art. They have learned they may have a national or international presence while living in a mid-size city where rent is low and people are friendly and accepting.This book is an invitation to step into the artist's world because -admit it - you've always been curious.