The Murdock family made many cultural contributions to the City of Wichita. Two of the most enduring contributions are the Wichita Carnegie Library and the Roland P. Murdock collection of American art. Louise Caldwell-Murdock served as the lead interior designer of the Wichita Carnegie Library. As part of her will, she dictated that a portion of her estate be used to establish a collection of art for the people of Wichita. She entrusted her friend and associate, Elizabeth Stubblefield Navas, with the task of acquiring and assembling the collection of American art – a gift to the city that would be dedicated to the memory of her late husband. The collection is housed at the Wichita Art Museum and is widely considered to be one of the most important collections of 20th century American art.
We invite you to explore some of these works in the collection and encourage you to experience them first hand at the Wichita Art Museum: