Since its beginning in 1967, the museum has amassed an important collection of American art. The Collectors Circle was formed in 2010 to continue the collecting mission and address a primary museum goal to deepen breadth and diversity in the WFMA Permanent Collection.
Membership in the Collector’s Circle of the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU Texas not only helps advance the museum’s collecting mission, but also offers opportunities to gain first-hand experience in the world of art collecting, make new friends, and most importantly, strengthen the Museum’s already impressive permanent collection of works on paper by American artists. Annual membership dues support the purchase and care of selected artworks and allow members to participate in the exciting experience of acquiring these works for the Museum’s permanent collection.
Artworks purchased in this special process become designated as the Collector’s Circle Collection. Throughout the year, our director, curator, and partners work to identify works of art that would enhance the collection’s ability to serve the community as a cultural and educational resource. Selections also follow the standards and goals prescribed by the Museum’s Collections Management Policy.
Throughout the year, Circle members learn about artists and artworks in a quarterly newsletter. Then, once a year the Collector’s Circle gathers at the museum for an elegant and lively event to see works, hear details from the curator, and vote on selections for purchase.
Over the years, Circle members have contributed significantly, purchasing over 80 artworks. These include pieces by impactful American artists, such as Luis Jimenez, David Bates, Mary McCleary, Donald Sultan, Chuck Close, Helen Altman, Jacqueline Bishop, Jaune Quick-To-See-Smith, Judy Youngblood, Kathy Grove, Carol Wax, Quintin Gonzalez, Benito Huerta, Margo Humphrey, Ron Adams, Scottie Parsons, Andrea Rich, Karsten Creightney, Renee Stout, Miguel Aragon, Bruce Lee Webb, Emmi Whitehorse, Susan Davidoff, Roger Shimomura, Patti Warashina, Alden Mason, Frederick Mershimer, and many others.
The WFMA Collector’s Circle welcomes new members! Please contact us today for information about becoming a Circle member.