The 51st Annual Art Awards | November 4, 2021 at WAM

Celebrating the one-of-a-kind arts and culture that make the Wichita community so memorable.

The 51st Annual Arts Council Awards were held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 4 at Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W Museum Blvd. In 2020, out of an abundance of caution, the Arts Council’s Board of Directors made the difficult decision to cancel our 51st annual Art Awards dinner. In 2021, we were very pleased to announce that the event would go on!

In 2021, twelve outstanding Wichita area individuals, cultural organizations and businesses were recognized for their roles in furthering the growth and development of arts in the Wichita area during the Art Awards presentation.

The annual Arts Council Awards were established in 1969 by the Wichita/Sedgwick County Arts and Humanities Council in order to recognize and honor those businesses, foundations and individuals who have displayed consistent and exemplary support of the arts and humanities in our community.

Thank you to our generous sponsors, without whom we would not be able to honor deserving artists and art advocates and to celebrate the many ways art impacts the Wichita community, from education to entertainment, economic development, and everything in between.

View Past Art Award Winners

Meet Us at CityArts for May Day SWA

Take a stroll outdoors and view the 2020-21 Sculpture WalkAbout!

May Day is SWA Day in Wichita! On Saturday, May 1, join us to celebrate and explore Sculpture WalkAbout in Downtown Wichita. Arts Council members will be at CityArts from 4-6pm.

Many of the artists will be on hand for questions and brochures will be available, showing the locations of the 15 sculptures. Visitors are encouraged to take selfies with the artwork and share them on their social media platforms with hashtags #ICTart and #MayDaySWA for the chance to win prizes! Council Member Cindy Claycomb, an Arts Council Ex-Officio Board Member, will present the Award of Excellence to one of the sculptors.

The Arts Council and the City of Wichita present an annual opportunity for regional sculptors to display their work by creating the outdoor Sculpture WalkAbout exhibit. This project is meant to advance the cultural awareness of the arts in our community, as well as enhance the aesthetics in Wichita. 

Entries are currently open for the 13th Annual Sculpture WalkAbout, to be on display from July 1, 2021-July 31, 2022. For more information and to apply, visit Wichitaarts.com/2021-swa-call. . Deadline for applications is June 14, 2021.

Call for Entries: 2019 Arts Council Juried Exhibit

Entry deadline September 27 for the annual show at CityArts


Kansas artists 18 and older are encouraged to submit original 2D and 3D work for consideration in the Arts Council’s annual Juried Art Exhibition. Chosen works will be displayed at CityArts during November 2019.

Work must be original and created within the past three years. Awards include $1000, $750 and $500 cash prizes. Artists may submit up to 5 works with a $30 nonrefundable entry fee. Complete entry guidelines are available below. 

The Selections and Awards Juror for the 2019 Arts Council Juried Exhibition is Michael McCaffrey, an award winning and nationally exhibited painter. Mr. McCaffrey received his BFA from the University of Kansas and his MFA from Indiana University, majoring in painting. He also has extensive experience teaching on a college level.

For more information, contact CityArts at 316-350-3245 or visit 334 N. Mead.


Live Sustain Creative ICT at Harvester Arts

The Arts Council is a proud sponsor of Live Sustain Creative ICT at Harvester Arts. This two-day event will be held on Friday, November 17th and Saturday, November 18th. Have your voice heard while discussing how you live and sustain a creative life, what impact this has on our community, and what we can do to make our community strong. Visiting artists and contributors to Sharon Louden’s book, The Artist As Cultural Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, will act as catalysts to the local community during conversations about the role artists play in community.

Friday, November 17th
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Event Kickoff (Free & Open to the Public)
The event kicks off with a panel discussion, community conversation, and a book launch. Local and visiting artists from across the country will discuss how artists live, thrive, and tackle challenges. All visiting artists are contributors to Sharon Louden’s book The Artist As Cultural Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life. Sharon Louden is an artist and author, as well as consultant with Creative Capital and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Her book encompasses a collection of essays from artists and art organizations across the country.

Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event.

Saturday, November 18th
Choose a morning workshop, and get your tickets via Eventbrite. The afternoon session and lunch are included.

10:00 AM: Challenges for Creative Organizations with Courtney Fink of Common Field, Chloe Bass, Jayme McLellan of Civilian Art Projects
Drawing from the visiting artists’ as organizers in their own communities, this workshop will contract their experiences with those of creative organizers in Wichita. Together, they will identify strengths and challenges of this type of work.

10:00 AM: Living a Creative Life with Sharon Louden and Alison Wong
Drawing from the visiting artists’ experience sustaining creative lives in their own communities, this workshop will contrast their experiences with those of artists in Wichita. Together, they will identify strengths and challenges of this type of lifestyle.

12:00 PM: Lunch at Harvester Arts (provided)

12:30 PM: Let’s Act
Workshop participants will come together, lead by local organizers and artists to compile strengths and challenges for organizations and individual artists in Wichita. Participants will outline an action plan to address challenges.

Arts Council Juried Exhibition On View at CityArts

CityArts will host the opening of the Arts Council Juried Exhibition from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 in the CityArts Main Gallery, 334 N. Mead, in Old Town Square. The exhibition will be on view through Nov. 9. Admission is free to view the galleries at CityArts during regular business hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. MondayThursday9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

The Arts Council Juried Exhibition is an annual visual art exhibition sponsored by The Arts Council and hosted by CityArts. Artists ages 18 and older from Kansas are invited to submit their work for consideration into the exhibition. Guest artists anonymously select pieces to be in the exhibition.

This year, 111 artists submitted 475 pieces of art for consideration. This year’s jurors, Kristen Beal and Kate Van Steenhuyse, co-owners of Harvester Arts, selected 66 pieces of artwork by 44 artists for the exhibition.

For more information, visit wichitacityarts.org.

Arts Council Open Forum Discussions

Please join the Arts Council for Open Forum discussions over the following weeks.

Artist Access Grant Application and Process
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Century II, 225 W. Douglas, Room 101B
RSVP and share the invitation with other artists

Developing Arts Grant Application and Process
Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Century II, 225 W. Douglas, Room 101B
RSVP and share the link

Cultural Funding Grant Application Process
Monday, October 2, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Century II, 225 W. Douglas, Room 101B

RSVP and share the link

If you have any questions, feel free to call or email Bernadette Bradshaw, bbradshaw@wichita.gov or call 316-303-8663. We hope to see you there!