Workers celebrated in new exhibit at Wichita Art Museum

Artists often chronicle society. The new exhibit at Wichita Art Museum is no exception. The museum is demonstrating the resiliency and the plight of the worker in the new exhibit “Occupy Art: Protest and Empathy for the Worker.”

Through the use of 70 paintings, prints and sculptures that span 150 years, the museum’s guest curator, Rachel Epp Buller, an art professor at Bethel College, has gathered examples of the worker from the museum’s collection.

“Again and again, artists are drawn to the image of the worker,” Buller said. “I think it is important to show how artists have responded to the lives of everyday people.”

Buller, who received her doctorate from the University of Kansas, examined WAM’s collection last spring and realized many of the pieces in the permanent collection pertain to the image of the worker – whether on a Kansas wheat field or in a Midwestern factory.

By depicting the common man,

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