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Art Exhibition: Genevieve Frickel


Genevieve Ingram Frickel (1900-1985) was an independent visual artist and remarkable figure in the local art and culture scene of mid-century Wichita. Frickel led the Art Department at the Wichita School of Fine Arts before moving to Tucson, Arizona in 1953, where she exhibited her work and taught portrait and landscape painting. She returned to Wichita in the late 1950s and opened the Genevieve Frickel Art Studio and directed the Index Gallery above the Fairland Café in downtown Wichita. An influential teacher, many of Frickel’s students became professional artists.

A serious artist herself, Frickel studied at the Municipal University of Wichita and traveled widely in pursuit of inspiration and recognition. She corresponded with a range notable artists including Bruce McGrew, Adolf Dehm and Charles Schultz. Frickel was also an aspiring author, poet, and amateur musician who raised three sons with her husband Henry, a math instructor at Roosevelt Junior High School.

This exhibit is supported by a generous gift from the Lois Kay Walls Foundation.

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