Thursday afternoons at 2:30 pm
FAM's Bonner Auditorium 

 The Fresno Art Museum celebrates bringing the artist’s voice and perspective into our community with enrichment lectures by both local and visiting artists, some who are currently exhibiting at FAM and some who are not, as well as an occasional curator, collector, or art historian.

Lectures occur on selected Thursdays, not every Thursday.
Please refer to this page for the schedule.

Lectures free to Museum Members and free with paid Museum admission.

November 2, 2017
Joan Schulze
FAM's Council of 100
2017 Distinguished Woman Artist


Lecture Topic:  Celebrating 80 
If you missed Joan's luncheon and lecture on September 23, this is an opportunity to hear her speak about her art and see her work and talk with her in her gallery exhibition after the lecture.

Bio: Born in Chicago in 1936 and later relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area, Joan Schulze has gained international prominence in the fiber arts as a studio artist, teacher, lecturer, and juror. She is both visual artist and lyrical poet, but her experimental and groundbreaking work in the quilt medium, using collage as the basis of her practice, is what is most admired and written about. Over the decades she has exhibited internationally, been published in prestigious catalogs and publications, and is included in the collections of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., the Oakland Museum of California, Kaiser Permanente, Adobe Systems, Inc., the John M. Walsh III Collection of Contemporary Art Quilts, and many other important public and private collections in the U.S., Europe, and Japan.

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November 9, 2017
Michele Ellis Pracy



Lecture Topic:  The Curatorial Process: How an Exhibition is Organized 

Bio: Michele is the Fresno Art Museum's Executive Director and Chief Curator. She has devoted over 30 years to her field as an art and museum professional, accepting her current position stewarding the Fresno Art Museum in March of 2015. Michele came to Fresno after five years as the Director and Chief Curator of the Ojai Valley Museum. 

She began her career at the Oakland Museum of California; was an Independent and Corporate Curator in San Francisco; organized traveling exhibitions that were booked throughout the American Southwest; has been an Adjunct Lecturer for the San Francisco Art Institute and UC Extension on "The Business of Being an Artist."

November 16, 2017
Nick Potter


Lecture Topic:  Almost Utopias

Nick was born and raised in London, England. Much of the artwork he produced there was fueled by the banality of everyday spaces, particularly the elevators, lobbies, and corridors of tower blocks and public spaces.

After completing graduate studies at the Birmingham Art Institute, Nick moved to the U.S in 1999, where he taught at Florida State University for two years before moving to California.

His current works reflect on modernist architectural spaces, images of power, class, and materialism that represent fears about existence and isolation. His seductive depictions of artificial utopias, create tension and anxiety that remind us of the foreboding doubt that lingers only slightly below the surface of our desires.

Nick is a Professor at California State University, Fresno.

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November 30, 2017
The AIDS Memorial Quilt


Lecture Topic:  Representatives from the Fresno County Department of Public Health will be speaking about the AIDS Memorial Quilt on behalf of the NAMES Project Foundation.

There will be an opportunity before and after the talk to view the four quilt sections currently on display at FAM and speak with those instrumental in bringing them to Fresno for World AIDS Day on December 1, 2017.

December 14, 2017
Maurice Cohen


Lecture Topic: Order in Complexity

Bio: Maurice Cohen is an internationally known artist and scientist who lives in both Fresno and Paris. He has won coveted awards in France for his Expressionist paintings and has a painting included in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Cohen is also Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at California State University, Fresno, Professor of Radiology at the University of California, San Francisco, and a member of the Bioengineering Graduate Group at the University of California, Berkeley and at UCSF.

His current exhibition of paintings at FAM are exceptional examples of his Impressionist and abstract styles which combine both art and science. He creates multi-dimensional space within his canvases, an effect created by the theory of chaos, using colors to create a form of mosaic tapestry.

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