Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


  • Civic Leader and Art Collector: Sallie Casey Thayer and an Art Museum for KU
  • 28-Oct-2017 - 04-Feb-2018
  • mobile app exhibition

Japanese prints, American paintings, Bohemian glass, ancient Coptic textile fragments, Chinese snuff bottles, glass door pulls, and 19th-century trade and valentine cards are just a few of the objects from around the globe acquired by Kansas City philanthropist Sallie Casey Thayer. Donated to the University of Kansas in 1917, her extensive collection forms the basis of what is today the Spencer Museum of Art. This centenary exhibition celebrates her founding gift and explores Mrs. Thayer’s collecting practices and motivations, in particular her commitment to women and their role in civic affairs and municipal culture.