About This Exhibition

Named after the 2016 census-bureau population of Wichita, the exhibition 386,552 explores the unique artistic scene of the city and the ways in which the arts are vital to Wichita’s community and culture.

Through permanent collection objects that celebrate the city and unique insight into the history of the arts in Wichita, 386,552 honors the art and artists that have helped to make Wichita a vibrant place to live.

In partnership with ICT Army of Artists–a collective of creatives, activists, and provocateurs connecting with Wichita neighborhoods and engaging people in innovative cultural interventions–the exhibition will feature two art-vending machines that will distribute art from seven local artists. Individual works of art will be featured in the machines for two weeks. At the end of two weeks, the next work will be featured.

Vending machines feature artwork by Kelsy Gossett, Trishelle Jeffery, Darren Jones, Celestino Kirigami, Jack A. Sailor, Christian Taylor, Wendi Valladares, Alexis Riverre, Emily Chamberlain, Sam Miller Gott, Erin Raux, Dane Jones, and Trisha Coates.

Painting of the Wichita, Kansasa Air Traffic Control Tower. Glass enclosed tower over a blue surface with the word WICHITA

Robert Cottingham, Wichita, 1985. Gouache on paper, 30 1/4 x 40 1/4 inches. Wichita Art Museum, Museum purchase, Burneta Adair Endowment Fund