On October 16, 1916, a group of Topeka artists, patrons and enthusiasts met to organize a new art group. Its purpose was “to bring more and better art in Topeka,” to promote education about the arts, to teach art classes, and to enrich the lives of Topekans.
One hundred years later, the Topeka Art Guild will celebrate its centennial.
The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library has art by most of the original founders of the Topeka Art Guild in its collection. Some of the founders were highly trained professionals, others were self-taught.
All of them shared a love for art, and the desire to learn and share their knowledge. The members taught each other their skills, exchanged ideas, and encouraged each other to grow as artists.
Over one hundred years of continuous organization, generations of artists in Topeka have brought world-famous artists to Topeka, taught classes, organized art exhibitions, provided scholarships, and helped our community to grow.
Come visit our art gallery on October 10 to see artwork from the Topeka Art Guild!