Society of Decorative Painters -
1220 E. First St. Wichita, KS 67214
Phone: (316 ) 269-9300 Fax: (316) 269-9191
Hours of Operation: 8:30 - 4:30 Central Time, Monday - Friday
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The SDP Foundation Permanent Collection is one of the most significant museums of its kind, with a trust of more than 200 works of art divided between the many mediums, styles, and traditions that represent decorative painting. Our holdings reflect the culture and diversity of decorative painting.
Mission Statement for SDP Foundation Permanent Collection: To collect, exhibit, and preserve the decorative works of art with historical significance to decorative painting or special meaning to the Society of Decorative Painters.
In 2007 the Society has launched an active campaign to build its own permanent collection with works of art that represents the history and diversity of our beloved art form. Today's collection represents the beauty, diversity, and history of the Society of Decorative Painters.
The Collection includes art works spanning our forty-year. Items in the Permanent Collection are original works of art created by some of decorative painting's most beloved and celebrated artists.
In January 2008 an exhibit of more than one hundred decorative painting artworks opened in Tokyo, Japan. This traveling exhibit organized by Ange Co. and Aipurawan Inc., and coordinated by SDP was on display throughout Japan for over a year. It included the works of many of our talented big brushes, including Jo Avis Moore MDA, Mary Jo Leisure MDA, and Ann Kingslan MDA. The artwork is now on display in the SDP Foundation Permanent Collection.
At this time, we have three extraordinary exhibitions on display:
A room in bloom! Delight in the talents of some of our most skilled artists when you visit the MDA Sunflower Exhibit. Our Master Decorative Painters were invited to interpret the sunny Kansas State Flower the using media and surface of their choice. The result is thirty glorious works of art, celebrating the humble sunflower.
The Joan Johnson MDA Gallery opened during the 2011 SDP Annual Conference. The gallery pays tribute to the impressive talent and loving spirit of one of SDP’s cherished charter members and the creator of our timeless, stroke work logo. To preserve Joan’s legacy and love of painting, a number of Joan’s art pieces were generously donated to the collection by members of her family—Howard A. Johnson, Lawrence Johnson, Jacqueline C. Bay, and Joanne Sue Hann.
Starting in 2012 and on exhibition for the next two years, the Barbara K. Watson MDA Gallery offers the rare opportunity to see pieces (never before displayed to the public) by this beloved founding member. The exhibit is graciously on loan from John Watson, Barbara’s son. Barbara was a dedicated teacher of decorative painting. This gallery was also sponsored by a number of her students.
The museum displays also include a diversity of art pieces throughout the year. These exhibitions are available for viewing by SDP members and the public in general, Monday through Friday.