Wheeler, Zona L.
Acrylic over graphite
20 7/8 x 14 1/2 inches
Wichita Art Museum, Gift of Zona L. Wheeler
Not Currently on Display
About the Artwork
Zona Wheeler was a leader in commercial design in Wichita for many years. As a staff artist and then art director at the McCormick Armstrong Company from 1943 to 1979, she is one of those artists whose creations have lent beauty to the artifacts and living spaces of daily life. Wheeler also achieved distinction in the challenging public art form of mural decoration. She liked to experiment and employed mixed media and three-dimensional relief in wall composition. During the 1950s and 1960s, Wheeler executed commissions for mural and interior sculpture for the Schimmel Inn, The AAA Auto Club Building, the Union National Bank, The Wichita Park Mausoleum, and the Irene Vickers Baker Children’s Theatre.
Wheeler studied painting with Birger Sandzén at Bethany College and design at the Academy of Art in Chicago. In 1979, Wheeler opened her independent studio, the “Third Dimension Studio,” where she created sculptural works on commission and for exhibition.