Final Friday — As the name implies, Final Friday happens the last Friday of each month.  Art galleries, museums, restaurants and retail shops around Wichita stay open late and welcome visitors. Recognizing that Downtown is the artistic and cultural center for the region, the Q-Line trolley service transports art lovers to the concentration of venues in Downtown. The ride is free and allows attendees to park once and visit several galleries. View the trolley route on the printable Downtown venues map.

Hours vary between galleries but the majority are open during the core hours of 7pm to 9pm Most galleries use Final Friday to unveil and debut new shows or as a closing reception. All venues are free and open to the public and several galleries incorporate artist demonstrations and/or live music. Not only does this event give guests the opportunity to view creative art space, it also is an excellent time to purchase one-of-a-kind artwork directly from artists.

Art Day of Giving (ArtDOG) — The Wichita Community Foundation is hosting its third Art Day of Giving (ArtDOG) on April 29 from 12:01am to 11:59pm. ArtDOG is an online fundraising event created to rally community support for local arts organizations. Last year, more than $1.1 million was raised to benefit 55 local arts nonprofits. To donate, visit ictartdog.org.

Download Printable Map with Concentration of Downtown Venues & Q-Line Route
View Online Interactive Map of All Venues in Wichita 

What galleries participate in Final Friday?

Galleries, museums, restaurants, and retail shops from across Sedgwick County often participate in this event. A full listing may be seen under the "Resources" tab. You may also download a reference map (currently in progress) of the concentration of galleries and shops that are in Downtown with the Q-Line trolley route.

Are you an artist or gallery owner intersted in being included on the Final Friday list? Email the WDDC or call at 316-264-6005.

Can I buy art tonight?

Absolutely. Not only does this event give guests the opportunity to view creative art space, it also is an excellent time to purchase one-of-a-kind artwork directly from artists.

Plan to attend next time

Next month Final Friday will occur on April 29. Participating venues will be listed on this website no less than a week before the event.

Remaining 2016 Final Friday dates: March 25, April 29, May 27, June 24, July 29, August 26, September 30, October 28 and November 25.

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Sculpture Walkabout

The Sculpture Walkabout was initiated by Mayor Carl Brewer and showcases area artists. The art is chosen from a juried competition and is available for purchase. Sculptures are located in Old Town on north Mosley and Mead between Douglas and Second Street and on the Intrust Bank Arena plaza.

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The Wichita Community Foundation is hosting its third Art Day of Giving (ArtDOG) on April 29 from 12:01am to 11:59pm. ArtDOG is an online fundraising event created to rally community support for local arts organizations. Last year, more than $1.1 million was raised to benefit 55 local arts nonprofits. To donate, visit ictartdog.org.
916 E. Douglas

An ECC Frame of Mind, "GET FRAMED"

7-10pm

Emerald City Chorus, an official participant in the Wichita Community Foundation's ArtDOG on April 29.

A professional photographer will be on site to photograph you with your choice of frames! Refreshments and snacks and of course some great a cappella music by the entire ECC ensemble.

524 S. Commerce

Final Friday Multi-media Installation

7-10pm

Featuring performances by Krista Muir

Fisch Haus will be highlighting the inaugural year of the Neighborhood Superstar Award, in collaboration with the Tallgrass Film Association and Harvester Arts, with a large scale multi-media immersive installation: audio by Torin Andersen, video by R.G. Miller. The event will spill out into the street, in a plein-air video installation of R.G.'s work.

215 N. Washington
Phone: (316) 530-2203 website
Hours: By appointment.

Harvester Arts Highlight Exhibition!

7-10pm

Celebrate all the exciting creativity facilitated by Harvester Arts past, present, and future! On view will be works from our 2016 Neighborhood Superstar Award, our inaugural 2015 Riverfest Artist-in-Residence Wayne White, and highlights from past visiting resident artists and local Satellite Artists.

225 W. Douglas Ave

Final Friday Fun with Music - A Music Man Themed Block Party
Outside in front of the Mary Jane Teall Theater

5-7pm

Featuring the cast of MTYP's The Music Man, The Luke Young Trio

At the block party you will have the opportunity to:
Design your own musical instruments
Play carnival games
Get your face painted
Enjoy live music
Enjoy a performance by the Music Man cast
Chow down on some delicious food

200 N. Broadway

Herb & Dorothy | Free Screening

Doors open at 5pm, movie starts at 5:30pm

Herb and Dorothy, a film by Megumi Sasaki, is the incredible true story of a postal worker and a librarian who built a world-class art collection. The free screening is presented for ArtDOG 2016 in partnership with the Ulrich Museum and the Wichita Art Museum. Made possible in part by an ArtDOG Champion Gift from Emprise Bank. Donations accepted. Cash bar and concessions available.

204 S. Main
Hours: Regular Business Hours: Tue - Fri 11am-4pm, Sat and Sun 1-5pm

Art of Cecil McAlister PLUS Jerry Hahn!

5-7pm

Featured this year is the Lois Kay Walls Art Exhibit Opening - The Art of Cecil McAlister. McAlister achieved national recognition with his design of the Wichita flag in 1937, but he was a respected fine and commercial artist in Wichita for decades. See examples of his work at this exhibit opening from 5-7pm on April 29th!

Enjoy music with renowned guitarist Jerry Hahn, part of the concert series for The Electric Guitar: Wichita's Instrument!

511 E. Douglas Ave.
Phone: (316) 260-9522

Medicine Man

7-9pm

Featuring sculptures, acrylics and pastels by Greg Johnson
and oil paintings by Greg Walker and Charles Leonard

1820 E. Douglas
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon - Fri 8am-5pm

Memories in the Making

6-9pm

Featuring artwork by Fernando Aguayo The Alzheimer's Association is very proud to be able to join the Wichita art community's Final Friday gallery crawl with our first show. Hispanic artist Fernando Aguayo (ARTspiration), will be here with both his print pieces, as well as his amazing wood sculptures.

Along with Fernando's show, we will also be hosting the Brickmob artist collective for the Douglas Design District's Avenue Art Days, and attendees will get a chance to watch their mural on the front of our building come together. Art pieces from our art therapy program, Memories in the Making, will also be on display, and for sale.

5014 E. Central Ave

New Works!

5-7pm

Featuring abstract acrylics by Jo Zakas and mixed media & oils by Bruce Robinson.

Refreshments will be served!

211 N. Washington

A Floral Fete

7-10pm

Featuring artwork by Jill Luton

CityArts    
334 N. Mead
Phone: (316) 512-5045 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Monday-Thursday 8am-8pm, Friday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-4pm

CityArts Final Friday

Main Gallery Exhibition
"The Jobs of Yesteryear" by Tyler Voorhees

From his humble beginnings in rural South Dakota, Tyler Voorhees has always been drawn to the art of storytelling. His latest exploration, The Jobs of Yesteryear, delves into the history of the worker and depicts the occupations that people have held throughout time.

The unique texture of each worker in the paintings is created using hundreds of hand-torn bits of kraft paper, which are collaged together and painted on before being adhered to the wood panel. The workers are born from his own hands, a fitting tribute to the manual nature of work in years past.

In order to elevate the story from a snapshot in time to an ever-evolving narrative, he also includes the innovation that replaced each occupation somewhere in the scene. This inclusion brings the stories a step closer to the present and provokes discourse about the progress of each industry.

Boardroom Gallery
"Under the Surface" by Becky Hyberger

Using metaphors, dream imagery and symbolism, "Under the Surface" is a series of scaled constructions exploring the nature of the unconscious. From miniatures to metaphors, Hyberger works extremely small and detailed but by no means does it limit the imagination. Hyberger lives and works in Salina, Kansas.

Main Hall Gallery
"Trail to Arrowwood" by Meredith Radke-Gannon

"I want to bring light to a part of our culture that was painful for so many families," Meredith Radke-Gannon said. The subject manner in Radke-Gannon's works deals with past historical issues of the Cherokee Nation and the way the tribe is moving forward and growing stronger.

Balcony Gallery
"Creative Catalysts" by Northeast Magnet High School AP Art Show

This show will represent the best and most experienced visual artists in Northeast Magnet High School's Advanced Placement art class. At the end of each year, students in this course are required to submit a portfolio filled with 24 pieces to the Advanced Placement College Board who score their work and ultimate can earn students college credit.

Third Floor
Pottery Student Showcase

Join some of CityArts' pottery students as they showcase their work in the pottery studio on the third floor during. From 6-8 p.m., guests can browse their craftsmanship over the past couple of months and see the hard work that went into building bowls, plates, cups, mugs, platters and vases.

6-8pm

Full Exhibition: April 23 - May 21

710 W. Douglas
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: 11am-8pm

Family, Friends & Art

5-8pm

Featuring artwork by Kathy Hutchinson & Gayle Bryson Claiborne

305 S. Elizabeth St.

Wired Flowers

5-8:30pm

Featuring jewelry work by Becky Miller

Refreshments served

Dock 410    
410 S. Commerce
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm

WSU Basketball Signed Photos

7-10pm

Featuring artwork by Mark and Taylor Wilkes

Dock 410 had taken a break from being open on Final Fridays, but they are excited to join the ranks again. This evening will feature our collection of images signed by Ron Baker & Evan Wessel.

Their gallery consists of Fine Art Photography:

Wildlife, nature, landscapes and a large assortment of WSU sports. Dock 410 also includes furniture & accessories mixed together with the art, creating a decorative environment.

412 E Douglas
Phone: (316) 267-5915 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon - Sat, 10am - 4pm

People, Places and Things

5:30-10pm

Featuring paintings by Tom Montgomery
Also featuring ceramics by Paul Pfrehm.

Full Exhibition: Through May 24

508 S. Commerce

Art Transmission

7-10pm

Featuring artwork by Billy Powell, Ariana Powell, Matt Ahern, RC Palmer, Patric Thornburg, Delilah Reed and Wess Lewis

1710 E. Douglas
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: 3pm - 12am midnight

Peace.Love.Art

5-10pm

Featuring artwork by Amelia Schroeder, Brett Schauf, Johnny Freedom, Mika Holtzinger, and Zach Wells.

Full Exhibition: April 25 - May 26

Township Mobile Cafe food truck will be out front for dinner from 6-8pm.

430 S. Commerce, Suite 200
Phone: (316) 512-5045 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Fri - Sat: Noon-4:30pm

Contemporary Art Show

6-10pm

Featuring artwork by Denise Duong, Carol Carter, H.M. Saffer II, Krystle Cole, Michael Campbell, Bev Simonson, Stephanie Ward, Jeanne Ward, Matthew Hilyard, Phil Emerson, Sean Christopher Ward and Lindy Wiese

Full Exhibition: April 25 - May 13

HUE Gallery is reverting back to showing local, regional and national artists, under the new name, HUE Gallery of Contemporary Art. Over the next few months, expect to see many new artists to the Wichita area! This "Contemporary Art Show" is a taste of what is to come.

121 E. Douglas Ave.

DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER: North High's AP Art Show has been moved to 420 S. Commerce

Junto    
416 S. Commerce Suite 106

A Beautiful View

6-8pm

Join Wichita State Integrated Marketing Students raising awareness for Prairie View's upcoming art gala.

This Final Friday event aims to help erase stigmas and increase understanding of mental illness using art as a medium.

420 S. Commerce

Discover a World of STEM thru Magnet Schools

7-9pm

Featuring art by students from
Buckner Performing Arts and Science Magnet School
L'Ouverture Career Explorations and Technology Magnet School
Spaght Science and Communications Magnet School
Brooks Center for STEM and the Arts Magnet Middle School
Jardine STEM and Career Explorations Magnet Academy

Come Discover a World of STEM and see the innovative arts, learning and projects that are happening within several magnet schools at Wichita Public Schools!

North High's AP Art Show

Featuring Wichita North High School's AP Studio Art Students

The exhibition is a culmination of more than a years worth of hard work and dedication. Students will have work available for purchase

121 N. Mead
Phone: (316) 262-5192 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon - Fri: 10am - 4pm, Sat: 10am - 3pm

Mead Street Gallery Final Friday

6:30-9pm

Featuring works by Vicki Mc Ilroy

Full Exhibition: Through May 21

119 N Mead

Sean McFarland: New Works on Canvas & Steve Murillo: Writings on the Walls

7-9pm

Featuring artwork by Sean McFarland and Steve Murillo

Full Exhibition: Through May 31

3100 McCormick - De Mattias Fine Arts Center
Phone: (316) 942-4291 website

Human Animal

5-7pm

Featuring artwork by Allyson Glenn

Full exhibition on display through May 22.

"Human Animal" is part 1 of a 2-part series. The works address human politics and hidden dangers found in complex group dynamics. "Animal symbols represent the fight-or-flight instinct, and a repeating motif of a graffiti wall functions as a visual metaphor for divisions: keep out and protect those within," Glenn said. The collection of oversized paintings are designed to command attention and draw the eye closer to uncover the true meaning behind the dark scenes of nature intertwined with human interaction. Each large painting in the Human Animal collection is a single scene. Combined, they tell a complete story that is different depending on the interpretation of the viewer. Glenn earned a MFA at the University of Calgary, in Alberta, Canada, and has studied at various art schools in England and Canada. She has exhibited her work throughout the United States and overseas.

An "Art for Lunch" presentation by the artist will be held Tuesday, May 3 from noon to 1 p.m. in the gallery. A light lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests can also bring their lunch. This event is also free and reservations are not required.

330 N. Mead St #100

Beneath Suspicion

Performance at 7pm and 8pm

This is the World Premiere Staging of the Zepick Modern Opera Competition winner. The competition is in honor of Opera Kansas' 30th Anniversary it is sponsored by Dr. Lyle Zepick & Debi Johnson Zepick. The composer Jesse Ayers will be in attendance.

The opera tells the story of two courageous women, a wealthy landowner and her former slave, who risked their lives to spy on the Confederacy during the Civil War.

414 S. Commerce
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon - Fri 9am-5pm

Eyes to Feed

6-10pm

Featuring new paintings by Dustin Parker

3215 East Douglas Avenue
Phone: (316) 682-1481 website
Hours: Regular Business Hours: Mon - Fri 10am-5:30pm, Sat 10am-4pm

Larry Schwarm

5-9pm

Featuring photography by Larry Schwarm.

Full Exhibition: Through May 23

Larry will be exhibiting works from three collections of his photography: The Cuba collection, the Kansas Farmers collection, and the Fires and Landscapes Collection.

Distinguished Professor of Photography, Larry Schwarm received his MFA from the University of Kansas. He taught at Emporia State University before joining the WSU faculty as Distinguished Professor of Photography in 2013. His work has appeared in many publications, including the monograph, Larry Schwarm: On Fire, published by Duke University in 2003.

He has an extensive exhibition record and has photographs in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Duke University, Library of Congress, Los Angeles Museum of Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Wichita Art Museum, WSU's Ulrich Museum of Art, and many others.

2611 E. Douglas Ave.
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon - Fri 7:30am-8pm, Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm

Final Friday at Reverie

6-9pm

Featuring artwork by Darren Jones.

Full Exhibition: Through May 23

Reverie is excited to have WSU Grad Student, Darren Jones, display his printmaking work. During the opening, there will be live music from 6-8pm by William Bloom and Noble House Hawaiian Plate serving dinner.

922 E. Douglas Ave
Phone: (316) 303-1005 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Tues - Sat 10:30am-5pm

Native American Art

5-7:30pm

Featuring artwork by Native American Artists.

412 E Douglas
Phone: (316) 262-2435 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 4pm

Shades of Grey: drawings

5:30-9pm

Featuring drawings by April Donnelly

Full Exhibition: April 19 - May 18

418 S. Commerce
Phone: (316) 303-1996
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: By Appointment

Street Art Lost: Johnny Sutton

6-10pm

Featuring photography by Johnny Sutton.

In the gallery will be Johnny Sutton's exhibition of photography "Street Art Lost." Sutton lives in Italy and Wichita and took the images over a period of years. Many are no longer viewable, lost to destruction and over painting.

The LUX    
120 E. 1st St

Final Friday at The LUX

5-8pm

Featuring artwork by Julie Price

Light refreshments provided.

350 S. Ida

Egg Drop Soup

6-9pm

Featuring artwork by Jessica Renee Vega

Large interactive art installation at the Mines Studio by Jessica Renee Vega. This is event is sponsored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

150 N. Cleveland
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon - Fri 11am-4pm, Sat 10am-5pm

Penulimate Wichita

6-10pm

Featuring paintings by Eric Carbrey

Full Exhibition: Through May 18

Local art & live music inside, plus your eats & drinks outside! Don't miss Final Friday with The Work Room and the District Marketplace lineup: Funky Monkey Munchies, Hot-2-Trot Gourmet Hotdogs, Mr Natural Soul Kitchen, The Kamayan Truck, and Nitro Joe's Drink Local truck!

232 N Market

Dreams of Spring

6-9pm

Featuring artwork by Maia Peteoucheva, Chuck Dooms, Rachel Foster, Josh Tripoli, Denise Jackson Simon and Mark S Walker.

515 S. Main St. Ste. 115

Final Friday

6-9pm

Featuring artwork by Bonnie Pewterbaugh - Zentangles

Zentangles is the easy-to-learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It increases focus and creativity.

623 W. Douglas Ave
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon - Fri 9am-5pm

Penulimate Wichita

6-10pm

Featuring paintings by Eric Carbrey

Full Exhibition: Through May 18

"Penultimate Wichita" is a collection of colorful and geometric paintings by Eric Carbrey. Carbrey recently moved to Chicago, and this exhibit acts as a long farewell, as it is his second-to-last show in Wichita. The exhibit runs through Wednesday, May 18th during office hours of 9:00 am - 5:00 pm or by appointment.

at (316) 518-9399 for more property information.
225 N. Market

Attorney Artists on Display

5-7pm

The Wichita Bar Association will showcase artistic works of its members.

Exhibits will include paintings, photography, pottery, wood carving, and embroidery. There will be live music performed by KALE. Refreshments will be served.

First Floor Conference Room, Parking on south side of building.

416 S. Commerce Suite 102
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Wed - Sat: 1-4pm

Freakshow; Graphic Design Rarities and Oddities

6-10pm

Featuring artwork by Krissy Buhrere, Joe Buggs, Alex Iseman, Sean Ward, Lauren Osoba, Meg Stessman, Paige Gillewater, Devin Nease, Summer Schlotterback, Derek Mcadoo, Victoria Donelda, Ethan Welch, Sahara Small, Isabel Lopez, Marcia Reyes, Henry Winesberry, Brian Cedillo and Blake Hunter

Additional Info: Experience the spectacular work of Wichita State's senior graphic design class! Freakshow's closing reception will be from 6-10pm on April 29th featuring carnival confections including cotton candy and popcorn!

SHIFTSPACE Student Group will be hosting community, graffiti-style mural making event and button gifting station.

A special art performance will take place by Art and Surveillance students lead by Claudia Pederson and Jennifer Ray. Full Exhibition: April 20 - April 30

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