Upcoming Exhibitions


September 22, 2017 to January 7, 2018 

Council of 100 Distinguished Woman Artist 2017
Joan Schulze: Celebrating 80


The Fresno Art Museum Council of 100 chose Bay Area artist Joan Schulze as the Distinguished Woman Artist 2017.

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 & Design, New York, the National Museum of American Art’s Renwick Gallery/Smithsonian, Washington, D.C., the Oakland Museum of California, Kaiser Permanente, Adobe Systems, Inc., the John M. Walsh Collection of Contemporary Art Quilts, and many other important public and private collections in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. The Fresno Art Museum and the Council of 100 are proud to name Joan as the Distinguished Woman Artist for 2017 and pleased to organize this exhibition of her work from the past fifteen years.

Joan describes her work: "At the heart of my work, whether it be quilts, collages, or books, is the transformation of fabric and paper in layered constructions. Improvising during the painting, image-transfer processes and collaging of materials, while chasing an idea at hand creates adventure in the studio—thoughts are made visible."

Image: Joan Schulze, Privileged Space, 2017, Mixed media quilt

Exhibition Curators: Michele Ellis Pracy and Kristina Hornback

Read about Joan in the article from, Summer 2017
(Link available courtesy of Fiber Art Now

And go to her website at

The AIDS Memorial Quilt


FAM has partnered with the Fresno County Department of Public Health to display a selection of panels from the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt – the 54-ton, handmade tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than 94,000 individuals lost to AIDS.

Established in 1987, The NAMES Project Foundation is the international organization that is the custodian of The AIDS Memorial Quilt. The AIDS Memorial Quilt began with a single 3 x 6 foot panel created in San Francisco in 1987. Today, The Quilt is composed of more than 48,000 individual panels, each one commemorating the life or lives of someone who has died of AIDS. These panels come from every state in the nation, every corner of the globe and they have been sewn by hundreds of thousands of friends, lovers and family members into this epic memorial, the largest piece of ongoing community art in the world. 



January 27 to June 10, 2018 

2018 Hanna S. Barsam Photography Invitational: California Nature

In recognition of the legacy of local photographer Hanna S. Barsam, the Fresno Art Museum is proud to host a biennial photography exhibition with the generous support of the Hanna S. Barsam Estate Funds of the Central Valley Community Foundation.

Guest curated by Jay Belloli, former director of the gallery programs at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, the theme of the 2018 Hanna S. Barsam Photography Invitational is California Nature. Each photographer selected by Mr. Belloli explores the natural California environment as captured through a lens. Just as Mr. Barsam was known for his innovative and often avant-garde approach to photography, this invitational showcases photographers that push the envelope with regards to technique and subject matter.

David Tomb: Rockfowl and Other Wonders

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Bay Area artist David Tomb has had a lifelong interest in birds, and also a significant commitment to the conservation of species and habitats that is reflected in his work.

The images he creates are huge in scale. They are collage and mixed-media works on paper installations. Tomb says of his work: "Making artwork of birds is a way to connect and personalize my experience of seeing birds. The ultimate goal is to have people think: That animal is incredible... we need to save them!"

Images by David Tomb (L to R) Picathartes (rockfowl) detail, mixed media and collage, 144" x 168" and Great Philippine Eagle, 2012, mixed media and collage, 128" x 210"

Curated by Michele Ellis Pracy

Marcos Dorado:  Immigrant Me


This exhibition features Fresno-based artist Marcos Dorado and will include 20 to 25 recent portraits of immigrants with short bios for each. The artist's objective: "My goal is to convey their struggle, which is my own. I want to put the spotlight on the positive contributions of immigrants that are not legally here." 

Image by Marcos Dorado, Extranjero (Portrait of Fabio), 2017, Charcoal, pastel, and ink on canvas, 36" x 24"

Curated by Michele Ellis Pracy



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