Urban Art in Wichita
Wichita is a pipeline of creativity and expression, with a raging art scene adding color to the city. From urban art styles like murals to miniature sculptures of the iconic Keeper of the Plains, Wichita grows talented artists of all mediums, and the community often comes together to celebrate their work.
With multiple art festivals celebrating local creativity, Wichita offers many permanent pieces adorning the sides of businesses – many in the Douglas Design District. Take yourself on a photo-inspiring mural tour and see how many works of art you can find or search for that perfect selfie hotspot. Every year, during Avenue Art Days, more than a dozen murals are revealed as painters team up to beautify downtown Wichita. From historical representations to intense Wichita pride, passion for expressiveness and community collaboration can be seen on display from Delano to College Hill.
Avenue Art Days
Avenue Art Days is a local project to bring art to the community, allowing artists and designers to enhance color in the Douglas Design District. This initiative was created to encourage and inspire artists to step out of their comfort zones and share their gifts with Wichita. The project was started in 2015, and organizers unveil murals each September in conjunction with Open Streets ICT. Each mural is sponsored by a local business wanting to contribute. The mural Visit Wichita sponsors is located at 3407 E. Douglas Ave., near Douglas Avenue & Rutan Street.
When strolling along the streets of downtown Wichita, visitors can interact with a unique collection of street art along Douglas Avenue. Created by Washington artist Georgia Gerber from 1997-2001, this 31-piece installment are placed along a four-block area of downtown Wichita. From bronze sculptures of animals to kids playing games to a piece commemorating the 1958 Dockum Sit-In, see how many you can find during your visit.
“Two Steers” is a piece of artwork by artist John Kearney that sate in fron of the old Kansas Coliseum for more than 30 years. Two giant bulls made out of old bumper guards were created as reminder of Wichita’s place on the Chisholm Trail, where hundreds of thousands of cattle were driven along Douglas Avenue and through the Historic Delano District. The piece was separated for repairs, and one of the steers was moved to the Historic Delano District and the other in front of Maize High School. Kearney is also known for two other pieces in Wichita, including a horse and pig made out of the same steel bumper material.
Keepers on Parade
While you’re in Wichita, be sure to visit the Mid-America All-Indian Center to learn about the rich culture of Native Americans who used to live in the area. The museum is home to the iconic Keeper of the Plains, which is the most-photographed attraction in Wichita. This 44-foot-tall monument has been recreated on a much smaller scale throughout the city. Here are just a few of the places you can go to find your own picturesque Keeper statue:
Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 W. Zoo Blvd., Wichita, KS 67212
B-29 Doc Hangar & Education Center, 1788 S. Airport Road, Wichita, KS 67209
Berry Companies, 930 S. West St., Wichita, KS 67213
Cox Machine, 5338 W. 21st St. N., Wichita, KS 67205
Credit Union of America, 640 S. Westdale Drive, Wichita, KS 67209
Credit Union of America, 711 W. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS 67213
Dold Foods, 2929 N. Ohio St., Wichita, KS 67219
ICT Pop-Up Urban Park, 119 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS 67202 (three)
East High School, 2301 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS 67211
Envision, 610 N. Main St., Wichita, KS 67203
Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd., Wichita, KS 67203
Friends University, 2100 W. University St., Wichita, KS 67213
Hotel at Old Town, 830 E. 1st St. N., Wichita, KS 67202
INTRUST Bank, 105 N. Main St., Wichita, KS 67202
INTRUST Bank Arena, 500 E. Waterman St, Wichita, KS 67202
JR Custom Metal Products, 2237 S. West St., Wichita, KS 67213
KSNW-TV, 833 N. Main St., Wichita, KS 67203
KU School of Medicine – Wichita, 1010 N. Kansas St., Wichita, KS 67214
Law Offices of Morris Laing, 300 N. Mead St., Wichita, KS 67202
Monarch, 579 W. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS 67213
NetApp, Inc., 3718 N. Rock Road, Wichita, KS 67226
Prairie Ridge Animal Hospital, 12412 W. Kellogg Ave., Wichita, KS 67235
White Star Machinery, 3223 N. Hydraulic Ave., Wichita, KS 67219
Wichita Eagle, 330 N. Mead St., Wichita, KS 67202
Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260
Wichita Public Schools, 903 S. Edgemoor St., Wichita, KS 67218
College Hill Park, 304 Circle Drive, Wichita, KS 67218
W.B. Harrison Park, 1300 S. Webb Road, Wichita, KS 67207