The Permanent Collection of the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU Texas houses over 1600 works of art, with an emphasis on artwork on paper. The current exhibitions listed below feature the WFMA Permanent Collection.
Quilt Journeys: Pattern
January 30 – July 24, 2021
More often than not, a quilt tells a story. From Colonial quilts to the Abolitionist movement and from the Crazy Quilt era of the 19th century to today’s contemporary experimentation with materials redefining what a quilt can be, the quilt journey offers a rich history communicated through pattern, story, and collaboration. This exhibition explores pattern in 20th century quilts from the WFMA Permanent Collection.
Image: Grandmother’s Flower Garden Variation, Quilt, n.d; Gift of J.I. Staley.
Dwelling: Experiences of Shelter
March 27 – September 4, 2021
This exhibition invites reflection on the experience of shelter, both our own and those around us. During the pandemic, many people have expressed a new awareness of their homes. For some the experience is idyllic, for some claustrophobic, and for some dangerous. Created well before the Covid-19 coronavirus changed lives across the globe, these artworks remind us of a prior time and urge us to see them now in a new light.
Image: Elizabeth Yarosz-Ash, Block Party, 1990, Intaglio; Gift of Elizabeth Yarosz-Ash.
Visions of the West
April 24 – July 24, 2021
Visions of the West presents imagery of the American West by Texas and Southwestern artists, including the legendary Frank Reaugh. Spanning the 20th century and beyond, the works in this exhibition invite us to draw on our experiences of the West, both romantic and starkly real.
Albert Bierstadt, Indian Encampment in the Rockies, 1863, Lithograph; Museum Purchase.
Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustrations
The exhibition Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustrations includes original illustrations from Caldecott Medal recipients and from “runner-up” Honor books, as well as other illustrations by award-winning artists. This exhibition of works from Wichita Falls Museum of Art’s permanent collection celebrates the vision and talent of twenty-eight award-winning artists.
Leonard Weisgard, Mother Hen, 1947, Acrylic