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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

The Wilson K. Cadman Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Rhatigan Student Center and serves as an exhibition space to artists. The gallery showcases annual competitions, rotating student exhibits and alternating features in the outer display. The gallery consists of two spaces, the main gallery and the Looking Glass.

Students, of any major, are encouraged to apply to exhibit in the Cadman. This teaching space offers students the opportunity to design, curate and market their own shows. If you are interested in an experience like this, apply and become a Cadman Art Gallery Exhibitor.



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Current Exhibits

Cadman Art Gallery exhibits are selected each semester by a panel of Wichita State students, faculty and staff. Fall and spring exhibits may each feature up to 16 exhibits in the Main Gallery and the Looking Glass. View the schedule for current exhibits at the link below.

Artist Tools

Taking place in the fall semester, Elements showcases the works of many talented Shockers in the Cadman Art Gallery. Students wishing to participate may submit up to six pieces in any of the five categories offered. Cash prizes are given to first and second place winners in each of the categories in addition to Best of Show and Viewers Choice.



Capture the memories and share them in Exposure. This spring competition captures the Shocker experience through the artist lens. Students wishing to participate may submit works in any of three categories offered. Cash prizes are given to first and second place winners in each of the categories in addition to Best of Show and Viewers Choice.

Applications available January 2020

 About the Cadman



The Mission of the Wilson K. Cadman Art Gallery (The Cadman) is to promote understanding of visual art to the community while providing the students of Wichita State University a place to display their creative efforts and give them professional experience in organizing, curating and marketing an exhibition of their work.

Who is Wilson?

Wilson K. CadmanWilson K. Cadman (1927-2016) retired in 1995 from Kansas Gas & Electric (now Westar) after working his way up from an entry level position to President, CEO and chairman of the board. He was named Wichitan of the Year in 1985 and was described by a local leader as "a superbly competent corporate executive." He helped to engineer the merger with Kansas Power and Light Company that led to creating Westar Energy. After retirement he served on the boards of El Paso Electric Company and Columbia Gas. A lifetime member of Plymouth Congregational Church, he was director of the Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce, St. Francis Hospital, SASO, Music Theater, the United Way and Fourth National Bank. He was honored in Washington D.C. by President George H. W. Bush for KG&E's partnership with the Red Cross in Project Development which provided millions of dollars to help deserving families with energy costs.

Wilson attended WSU on the GI Bill, worked summers and joined the Men of Webster Fraternity (Delta Upsilon), becoming pledge class president. While at WSU he met his future wife, Roslyn Rowley and the married in 1950. Wilson graduated from WSU with a degree in Industrial Psychology.

The Cadman Family have supported Wichita State in many ways, but one of the most significant and high-profile was the contribution he and his wife, Roslyn, made to the renovation of the Rhatigan Student Center. In recognition, the Wilson K. Cadman Art Gallery in the center of the building’s main level was named in honor of Mr. Cadman. He and Roslyn also endowed generous scholarships for graduate students in business and fine arts.

Where is The Cadman?
The Staff

The Cadman Art Gallery is managed and operated by the following staff of Student Involvement