Novelene Ross, retired chief curator of the Wichita Art Museum, will present an illustrated talk titled “Highlights from 75 Years of American Art” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Carriage Factory Gall-ery, 128 E. Six-th St.


Novelene Ross, retired chief curator of the Wichita Art Museum, will present an illustrated talk titled “Highlights from 75 Years of American Art” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Carriage Factory Gall-ery, 128 E. Six-th St.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Wichita Art Museum. Ross’ talk surveys the founding efforts of Louise Caldwell Murdock, L.W. Capp and others who pioneered the building of an outstanding collection of American art through the Great Depression and beyond to the present day.

Ross earned her Ph.D. in art history from Washington University in St. Louis in 1980. She served as curator of art education at the Wichita Art Museum from 1973 to 1990 and as chief curator from 1990 to 2000. In 2001, the Kansas Arts Commission honored her work in art education with a Governor Arts Award. From 2003 to 2009, Ross served as a member of the Kansas Arts Commission.

As part of this 75th year celebration, Ross co-authored a book on the history of the Wichita Art Museum with Richard Gleissner titled “Wichita Art Museum: 75 years of American Art.” She also authored another major book on the Wichita Art Museum in 1997 titled “Toward an American Identity: Selections from the Wichita Art Museum Collection of American Art.”

This program is another in a series of public programs presented by the Carriage Factory Gallery for the Newton community. Conversation and refreshments will follow the presentation. There is no admission charge.