THE COLLECTION

George L.K. Morris, 'Unequal Forces, No. 2,' 1947, Oil on canvas, 36 1/2 by x 53 1/2 inches Gordon Parks, 'Department Store, Birmingham Alabama,' 1956, Ilfechrome print, 15 1/4 by 15 1/4 inches Sol LeWitt, 'K123456,' 1997, Painted basswood, 14 3/4 by 20 by 13 1/2 inches Margaret Bourke-White, 'NBC Radio—Microphone,' 1935, Gelatin silver print on paper, 11 by 14 inches
Robert Motherwell, 'Les Caves (#2),' 1976, Acrylic on canvas, 72 by 144 inches Zhang Huan, 'Family Tree,' 2000, Nine C-prints on paper, 50 by 40 inches each Jeremy Blake, 'Mod Lang,' 2001, Digital animation Dana Schutz, 'Missing Link Finds Superman,' 2006, Oil on canvas, 66 by 60 inches
As a university art museum, the Ulrich Museum is a vital community resource bridging the intellectual inquiry of the campus with the quest for enjoyment and lifelong learning in Wichita and the region. The Ulrich Museum has amassed a nationally significant collection of roughly 6,300 works, with many works of exceptional quality. The Ulrich collection spans the 20th and now 21st centuries.

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As a complement to other Wichita arts organizations, the Ulrich focuses on modern and contemporary art and serves as a repository for the cultural heritage of Wichita State University. The context and impulses for today’s artists provide a lens through which to engage audiences in the practices, concepts, and presentation of the art of our time. The collection supports the museum’s purpose to meaningfully engage viewers and present visual art experiences that resonate with and enrich Ulrich audiences.

In 34 years of operation, the Museum has judiciously developed its permanent collection with exemplary work by such acknowledged masters as Robert Henri, Milton Avery, Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Robert Motherwell , Jacob Lawrence, Joan Mitchell, Claus Oldenburg, Luis Jiménez Jr., Zhang Huan , Andy Goldsworthy, and Jules de Balincourt. Photography represents a pocket of strength with important prints by Berenice Abbott, Margaret Bourke-White , Edward Weston, Gordon Parks , W. Eugene Smith, Diane Arbus, Nikki Lee, and more.


Andy Goldsworthy, 'Wichita Arch,' 2004, limestone and Dutch elm tree, photographed by Larry Schwarm in 2008

The Museum’s Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection boasts 77 works spread across the 330-acre campus, and Public Art Review named this collection among the Top Ten campus collections in 2006. Take the online sculpture tour at www.wichita.edu/sculpture or click here for the Outdoor Sculpture Collection map .

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