Friends of WAM

Who We Are

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Friends of the Wichita Art Museum – October 2021

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.

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.


Friends of the Wichita Art Museum Board of Directors


Janet Wright – Chair
Betsy Sweeney – Vice Chair
Sue Poston  – Secretary
Dennis Murphy – Treasurer

Board of Directors

Brenda Aldinger
Joy Archer
Patty Armstrong
Kenneth Arnold
Hamid Bakhtiari
Patty Bennett
Kathleen Bergkamp
Bob Blackburn
Bunny Broeckelman
Mickie Brown
Helen Bullock
Gena Dillard
Karla Fazio
Stephanie Frey
Joanie Gegen
Carol Glidden
Suzanne Graham
Judy Hess
Betty Krehbiel
Lindsey Lane
Libby Merritt
Marianne Misko
Kelly Momsen
Linda Peressin
Diane Post
Linda Ralston
Jaclyn Reilly
Lanita Roark
Sally Robson
Julie Scherz
Sheila Shaw
Nancy Shawver
Marcia Smola
D. J. Spaeth
Valerie Spikes
Marilyn Wallace
Susan Wilhite


Friends of the Wichita Art Museum Mini Used Book Sale

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Books and All That Jazz — May 2022

Saturday, November 26
10 am to 3 pm

Admission is free, but bring some $$ for books

Stock up on reading material for long winter nights. The Friends of the Wichita Art Museum offer a curated selection of gently used volumes on subjects from art to zoology.


Friends of the Wichita Art Museum Holiday Open House

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Friends of the Wichita Art Museum Holiday Open House — December 2021

Sunday, December 4
2 to 4 pm

Free admission

Warm up with holiday refreshments, musical entertainment from Andover’s Prairie Creek Elementary School, Wichita’s Cloud Elementary School, party pics from Lamphouse Photo Co., and dance performances by Kelcy’s Dance Studio and  Wichita Children’s Theatre and Dance Center.

Whisper Christmas wishes in Santa’s ear and don’t miss storytelling with Glitter Elf. Enjoy holiday cookies and hot spice tea from The Spice Merchant.

Local author Vanessa Whiteside will be in the Museum Store signing copies of her book 100 Things to Do in Wichita Before You Die. An autographed copy makes a great gift!

Come to WAM and create holiday memories you will treasure throughout the holiday season.