Murdock Society

About The Murdock Society

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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. 

Society History

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.

Murdock Mixology: Dr. Timothy Rodgers

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Dr. Timothy Rodgers, Director, Museum of Arts and Design, New York City

Murdock Mixology speakers explore the vast array of specialized art museums in 2022. On Thursday, February 17, 2022, meet Dr. Timothy Rodgers, director of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City.

At the base of Central Park, this museum celebrates artists and artisans in craft, art, and design. Innovation plus traditional skill across the centuries is collected and exhibited at MAD.

Join the evening to learn about one of the country’s leading museums devoted to the inventiveness of decorative arts. Come discover how the very definition of craft and design is evolving today.

Murdock Society Membership Levels