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Independence Historical Museum & Art Center 8th and Myrtle
PO Box 294
Independence, KS 67301


10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
--Tues - Sat
Closed Sunday and Monday

Admission Fee
$5.00 Adults
$3.00 Ages 6-18
Free - Ages 5 & Under
Free Active Military

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Closed on major holidays


Art Center

About the Art Center

The Independence Historical Museum and Art Center is proud to expand its mission to focus on an "Art Center." The museum has over 100 permanent artworks that adorn the Exhibit Hall and the lower level hallways. The annual Verdigris Valley Art Exhibit is in its 61st year and offers an opportunity for area artists to enter an adjudicated show.

The "Toon in June" show launched a flurry of activities for the center including a local artist's work day at the Museum and Art Center and children's art activities. Artists interested in showing at the Independence Historical Museum and Art Center are encourage to explore the "Exhibitor's" link.

Artists meet every two weeks from 9AM to 12 noon. Artists are welcome to come paint watercolors in a group environment. Each artist brings their own equipment and talents for a fun time. Fill out request to be put on the notice of meeting dates.

63nd Verdigris Valley Art Exhibit

The Independence Historical Museum and Art Center was proud to announce that the 62nd Annual Verdigris Valley Art Exhibit to be held June 16, 2016 through July 16, 2016.

Press Release 4-21-16: Call for entries to Verdigris Valley Art Exhibit.

Artists 18 years and older are invited to submit original artwork for the 63rd annual Verdigris Valley Art Exhibit. Artork will be accepted at the independence Historical Museum and Art Center(IHMAC) from June 16-18 between 10:00AM to 3:00PM. The public is invitied to the artists' reception and critique at 7:00PM on Friday, June 24 at the IHMAC 123 North 8th Street, Independence, KS. The art exhibit is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, June 28-July15 between 10:00AM to 4:00PM.

You may click here to download the brochure and entry form.

Monte Toon 2016 Exhibit

"Moody Hues" was open Jan. 5 and ran through Jan. 29, 2016. Click here for more information.

Watercolor class was held January 27, 28 & 29, 2016 from 9AM-Noon and 1PM - 4PM. A new class will be held March 28, 2016. Click here for more information.

In 1969, Monte Toon began his career as a watercolorist. He credits the late Charles Sanderson of Wichita, Kansas, with setting him on his life-long path of watercolor painting. Sanderson inspired new approaches and techniques. Later, the works of Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth and Edward Hopper would influence Toon's work. More than 41 years experience has defined Toon's style in his exclusive use of watercolor.

In 1991, a turning point occurred in Toon's work. Travels in Canada, New England and the east coast broadened his range of subject matter. By setting goals and directions of purpose, Monte enhanced and elevated his works to new heights resulting in numerous solo shows of merit. He refers to this change as a re-dedication to his watercolors.

More information about Monte Toon


Multiple days with Steve Greenwall of Iola are scheduled for March 16, and April 20th and monthly following. The classes will begin at 9 AM each day. The cost will be $20 per class. Supplies needed will be: 4B, 6B and number 2 pencils, kneaded eraser, pink pearl eraser, ruler and big clips to hold your paper to the board. If you don't have a board, the museum has a few available. Contact the Museum for more information.

Workshop with Carol Dickie

Click here to review the class as was presented.

Verdigris Valley Youth Art Exhibit

The Independence Historical Museum and Art Center is pleased to announce the Annual Verdigris Valley Young Artist Exhibit. This gives our young aspiring artists in Kindergarten through the 12th grade to have an art show of their own! We want to encourage visual art education and promote artistic creativity and expression. We believe it is important to provide an opportunity to recognize and exhibit outstanding student artwork. We hope to cultivate a sense of accomplishment and pride in our young artists from seeing their own work on exhibit and, at the same time, have the opportunity to view the work of other young artists.The Art Show for young people will be April 15, 2016 - April 23, click on this link for more information..

Fun activities of our Members

Painting the carousel at Riverside Park and Zoo.

Members of the Art Center and of Bartlesville Art Group were given a grand tour of the Rutledge home and art studio.

Art Center Tour of the Rutledge Home

Past Exhibitors:

Cristine Sundcrist

Cristine is a pastel artist and  showed her work here at the Museum from October 1 through October 12, 2013.  For more information, click here.

Dwane Taylor

Dwane Taylor was a recent exhibitor. Read more about his event by clicking here.

Rob Morgan gave a photo show during July 2012.  He also gave two class instructions and a presentation.  The brochure shows some of his fantastic photos.

Rob Morgan gave two seminars: "Basic Digital Photography and Composition" and "Sports and short lens photography." The Museum hosted a Fundraiser where he gave a presentation about "Decade Behind the Lens".