Friends of WAM

Who We Are

40 adults standing in rows on a set of stairs near the museum entrance.

Friends of the Wichita Art Museum – April 2023

If you are passionate about art and love your community, consider becoming a “Friend.” 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, and we’ve had enormous fun along the way. We are a body of men and women that has worked tirelessly to fulfill our mission to establish a permanent endowment for art acquisitions, exhibitions, and educational opportunities for the Wichita metropolitan community.

In February 1997, the Friends established what has become in more than a decade a $2 million+ endowment through its chief fundraising activities, including book sales, Art on a Monday (luncheon and presentation), and the Howard E. Wooden Lecture Series, a yearly event that spotlights an important area of American art.

If all of this isn’t enough fun, add trips to museums throughout Kansas and neighboring states, throw in a couple of parties a year, monthly board meetings with like-minded individuals, and you have a recipe for community service and lifelong friends.

Friends of the Wichita Art Museum Board of Directors


Janet Wright – Chair
Dennis Murphy – Vice Chair
Jaclyn Reilly – Secretary
Betty Krehbiel – Treasurer

Board of Directors

Brenda Aldinger
Joy Archer
Patty Armstrong
Ken Arnold
Susan Arnold
Hamid Bakhtiari
Joan Barrier
Patty Bennett
Kathleen Bergkamp
Bob Blackburn
Jessica Branning
Bunny Broeckelman
Mickie Brown
Helen Bullock
Gena Dillard
Stephanie Frey
Joanie Gegen
Carol Glidden
Claudia Gonzales
Suzanne Graham
Bobbi Hansen
Lindsey Lane
Patti Mann
Cathy McElroy
Libby Merritt
Marianne Misko
Kelly Momsen
Linda Peressin
Diane Post
JoAnn Pottorf
Linda Ralston
LaNita Roark
Sally Robson
Julie Scherz
Sheila Shaw
Nancy Shawver
Marcia Smola
D. J. Spaeth
Valerie Spikes
Jane Sudermann
Betsy Sweeney
Diana Van Riper
Nancy Wallace
Susan Wilhite


The Friends of WAM use Square, a website for event tickets and Friends membership dues.

Login for WAM Volunteers

We love our volunteers! When you help out at WAM, please track your volunteer hours using the Volgistics link below. Grant applications sometimes ask for volunteer hours, so WAM staff are eager to include that information when applying for grants.