Salon. The classic definition is an assembly of guests in a fashionable household — especially a gathering of major literary, artistic and political figures — from the 17th through early 20th centuries.

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Our salon, the Ulrich Museum Salon Circle, encompasses practitioners, collectors, and patrons of the arts. Among us are artists, merchants, scholars, academics and an occasional bon vivant. So well assorted are we that, once assembled, each of us falls into harmony, like the strings of an instrument, to engage in the evening.

Salon gatherings are characterized by presentations on art and visual culture, conversations with exhibiting artists and museum leaders, and socializing. The Ulrich Salon Circle entertains as well as enlightens six delicious evenings a year.

A typical Salon evening begins with a reception of wine and hors d’oeuvres followed by a presentation. Speakers are out-of-town artists and experts. The evening proceeds to a self-hosted dinner culminating in more conversation, fine repast and rewarding time spent in a circle of curious, like-minded patrons. Now you can join the Ulrich Salon Circle.

Past Ulrich Salon Circle presenters include:

  • Wendel Castle, designer
  • Keith Jacobshagen, painter
  • Tom Otterness, sculptor
  • Howard Greenburg, gallery owner
  • Mark Klett, photographer
  • Thomas Learner, Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles
  • Keith F. Davis, senior curator of photography, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City
  • Jan Schall, Nelson-Atkins Musuem of Art, Kansas City
  • Dean Sobel, Clyfford Still Museum, Denver
  • Eric Shiner, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
  • Maria Nevelson, Founder and Executive Director, Louise Nevelson Foundation, Philadelphia
  • Dr. Martin H. Bush, Founding Director, Ulrich Musuem of Art
  • Judy Dater, Photographer
  • Rob Weiner, Associate Director, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas
  • Valerie McKenzie, owner, McKenzie Fine Art, New York City
  • Philip Hewat-Jaboor, Independent Art Advisor, United Kingdom
  • Walter Maceil, owner, Walter Maceil Gallery, Los Angeles
  • Eric Widing, deputy chair, Christie’s Americas, New York City
  • Mary Joan Waid, artist, New York City

The 2016–2017 Salon Circle Series includes:

SEPTEMBER 18 | On My Walk Today I Saw... The Studio and Grounds of Mike and Meghan Miller

OCTOBER 6 | Sondra Langel and Larry Schwarm: Wichita Artists in Their Studios

NOVEMBER 10 | William Reese, owner, William Reese Company, New Haven, Connecticut

MARCH 2 | Ed Marquand, owner, Lucia | Marquand, Seattle, Washington

APRIL 6 | Milan Hughston, Chief of Library, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, New York


Ulrich Salon Circle patrons take part in the Ulrich Salon, a series of exclusive gatherings across each year. Characterized by fascinating presentations on art and visual culture, lively conversations with museum leaders and exhibiting artists, important socializing with like-minded Wichita art patrons, the evening gatherings are a "salon" in the best sense-a special serious kind of fun.

Ulrich Salon Circle members understand the importance of art to the WSU campus, city, and region. Their contributions provide unrestricted financial support above and beyond basic membership for museum exhibitions and programs. Ulrich Salon Circle members receive the same membership benefits as general museum members as well as the following contribution and benefit levels:


* North American Reciprocal Membership card
* Name listed annually as an Ulrich Salon Circle member on the museum donor recognition wall
* Invitations to exclusive Ulrich Salon Circle programs and events
* Exclusive invitations for travel opportunities with the Ulrich Museum Director and other Salon Circle members
* Opportunity for one-on-one and small-group consultations with Ulrich Museum curators


* Curator level benefits, including including North American Reciprocal Membership card, PLUS
* Complimentary exhibition catalogues
* Invitation to private dinner with the Ulrich Museum Director


* Director level benefits, including including North American Reciprocal Membership card, PLUS
* Invitation to exclusive, private dinner with special exhibition artists or curators


* Trustee level benefits, including including North American Reciprocal Membership card, PLUS
* One-time, after-hours use of the museum for private special event or reception

Grand Gallery.................. $20,000+

* Benefactor level benefits, including including North American Reciprocal Membership card, PLUS
* Name listed on each individual exhibition title wall throughout the year

Ulrich Salon Circle Kick Off at the Boyds' home in September 2011

Ulrich Salon Circle Kick Off Reception at the Boyds' home in September 2011

Ulrich Salon Circle with Photographer Mark KlettFaculty Biennial Exhibition Party in January 2011

Faculty Biennial Exhibition Party January 2011


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