Upcoming Exhibitions


Summer/Fall 2018

July 13, 2018 to January 6, 2019 (unless noted otherwise, below)

Council of 100 Distinguished Woman Artist 2018: Kay Sekimachi 


Kay Sekimachi (b. 1926) is a fiber artist and weaver based in Berkeley, California. She is the recipient of the Fresno Art Museum’s 2018 Distinguished Woman Artist Award. Her Retrospective, solo exhibition describes her years of art making beginning in the 1940’s and bringing it current today.  Curated by Fresno Art Museum Staff, Michele Ellis Pracy and Kristina Hornback in 2017, the selected works define the breadth of Sekimachi’s oeuvre and the command she has of her fiber medium

Known as a “weaver’s weaver,” Sekimachi uses the loom to construct three-dimensional sculptural pieces. She attended the California College of Arts, where she studied with Trude Guermonprez, and at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, where she studied with Jack Lenor Larsen.

Her work can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Renwick Gallery, the Museum of Arts and Design, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is recognized as a pioneer in the resurrection of fiber and weaving as a legitimate means of artistic expression.

Exhibition Curator:  Michele Ellis Pracy, FAM Executive Director & Chief Curator

Jenne Giles:  Americana


Jenne Giles is a contemporary fiber artist whose work ranges from traditional fine arts to innovative performance and installation art. Her pieces explore the concept of gender, identity, consumption, and mortality. Giles received her B.A. in art and art history from Rice University in 1997. She began her career in the San Francisco area and now lives and works near Joshua Tree, California. She has previously exhibited at such institutions as the De Young Museum in San Francisco and the Bellevue Art Museum in Bellevue, Washington. She was a featured artist in Head to Toe: Wearable Art at the Fresno Art Museum that ran September 23, 2016-April 28, 2017.

Originally a trained metalworker, Giles creates sculptures, paintings, and wearable art from handmade felt. Felting is one of the oldest forms of textile making. She finds great importance in the organic process of hand-making her materials. Giles’ felt sculptures are dense, finely detailed creations. The exhibition Jenne Giles: Americana consists of nearly 30 felt sculptures and paintings that examine the types of artifacts that are related to the history, geography, folklore, and culture of the United States. Felt-making, along with other forms of fiber art, has traditionally been associated with women and regarded as a craft, not a form of fine art. In the 1970s the Feminist Art movement reclaimed fiber arts, elevating them to the status of fine art and fiber arts became an integral aspect of contemporary artistic practice. The propagation of fiber art as a fine art emphasizes the resurgence of value on handmade objects and on the relationship between traditional art forms and the current era.

Exhibition Curator: Sarah Vargas, FAM Associate Curator

Image:  Bomb Pop, 2017, Wool, silk, mixed media, 23" x 17.5" x 14", Courtesy of the Artist

Ernest Lowe:  Black Migrants to the Central Valley, 1960-1964


During the 1940s and 1950s, some 40,000 African American sharecroppers migrated to California’s Central Valley, taking up residence in farm labor camps. Their rural to rural journey makes them the great exception to the Great Migration, which was overwhelmingly rural to urban. Shortly after arriving, these black migrants were all but put out of work by the mechanization of agriculture.

In the early 1960s, while reporting on migrant labor for KPFA radio, a young photographer Ernest Lowe captured powerful, black and white images of life in the communities of Pixley and Dos Palos adjacent to Fresno, California. These townships were impoverished yet cohesive communities, lacking paved roads, electricity, running water and other essential services. Lowe’s photographs are the sole extant document of this rural people’s journey to a land of broken promises.

His startlingly beautiful images of community, individuals, tasks, free time, housing, and church provide the viewer a local historical perspective on the migrant hardships they managed and survived. 

This is an original exhibition of teh Fressno Art Museum drawn from the historic negatives of Ernest Lowe and printed for the exhibition by photographer Joel Pickford. The selected photographs transport audiences back in time nearly sixty years to experience life in rural African American communities of the Central Valley.

Curator, Michele Ellis Pracy, FAM Executive Director & Chief Curator 

Guy Diehl:  Stillife Tradition
July 14 through October 14, 2018 


The Fresno Art Museum is pleased to present San Francisco Bay Area still life painter, Guy Diehl, with a solo exhibition in the Moradian Gallery during the summer of 2018. A selection of Diehl’s works, including paintings, etching, and drawings, will be on view.

Guy Diehl began his hyper-realist still life concentration in 1992. His concept of art-about-art became his subject matter, placing a variety of objects together making the viewer think about art history, ancient or new.

Works will be borrowed from the artist, his gallery Dolby Chadwick, Magnolia Editions, and private collectors.

Exhibition Curator: Michele Ellis Pracy, FAM Executive Director & Chief Curator

Image:  Guy Diehl, Still Life with Robert Delaunay #3, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 30" x 36"

Winter/Spring 2021

January to June 2021 

Maurice Sendak:  Fifty Years, Fifty Works, Fifty Reasons


Image from Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
© Maurice Sendak: All Rights Reserved.

The exhibition is a retrospective of original works by Maurice Sendak, including sketches, illustrations, and works on paper. It showcases highlights from his career and the diverse art forms for which he was renowned, from children's literature to Broadway, opera, animated films, and young adult textbooks. It includes interactive elements especially appealing to children. 

Special thanks to the lender of the exhibition and to AFANYC for their support.

Exhibition at the Fresno Art Museum made possible by the generous support of the Bonner Family Foundation.

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