Upcoming Exhibitions

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

KAY SEKIMACHI: Master Weaver
Innovations in Forms and Materials

2018 Council of 100 Distinguished Woman Artist


Kay Sekimachi (b. 1926) is a fiber artist and weaver based in Berkeley, California. She is the recipient of the Fresno Art Museum’s Council of 100 Distinguished Woman Artist Award for 2018. Her retrospective, solo exhibition describes her years of art making, beginning in the 1940s up to the present day. 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.

Sekimachi is known as a “weaver’s weaver." She uses the loom to construct three-dimensional sculptural pieces. She attended the California College of the 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 Smithsonian's 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.

Photo by Frederic Aranda; Kay Sekimachi in her studio

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: A Girls' Life series: Cake, 2017, Wool, silk, milk fiber, 15 1/2" x 18" x 18", 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 the Fresno 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: Still Life 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, etchings, 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 current.

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"

Tell Me Another Story
July 14, 2018 through June 23, 2019

Tell Me Another Story is the second exhibition organized to directly relate to the storybooks read by third graders throughout the Fresno Unified School District, organized to coordinate with the Kennedy Center's Any Given Child Education Program. It includes the original artwork of six illustrators selected from the student’s Wonders textbook for their unique and appealing visual interpretations of stories based on legends, folk tales, true-life events, or social issues. The artists include Eileen Christelow, illustrator and author of Vote!; Marla Frazee illustrator of The Talented Clementine; Stéphane Jorisch, illustrator of The Real Story of Stone Soup; Emily Arnold McCully, illustrator of Nora’s Ark; Bill Slavin, illustrator of All Aboard!: Elijah McCoy’s Steam Engine, and Gabi Swiatkowska, illustrator of the Yoon series of books including Yoon and the Jade Bracelet. The represented stories illustrate many character-building qualities: courage, determination, innovativeness, honesty, trust, self-confidence, perseverance, resourcefulness, sharing, survival, duty, integrity, and truth.

Curator: Susan Yost Filgate, FAM Education Director

Underwritten annually in part by the Bonner Family Foundation

Rollin Pickford:  California Light
October 25, 2018 through January 6, 2019


Winter/Spring 2019
February 1 to June 23, 2019 

Rethinking Fire

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Curated by Bryan David Griffith in cooperation with FAM Curatorial Staff

Wildfires are a part of life for those who live in the west. Every year huge portions of land go up in flames, threatening homes, businesses, and wildlife. In 2014, artist Bryan David Griffith’s home and studio were threatened by the Slide Fire. That experience has led to an intense study of wildfires, resulting in the exhibition Rethinking Fire. Griffith uses fire as his primary medium, along with wood, beeswax, and other natural materials to create paintings, sculptures, and installations. His work explores the complex nature of catastrophic wildfires and the competing elements of the human and natural world.

Images above: Artist at work burning sculpture and The Impermanence of Forests, 2017, Burned photograph printed on silk from film, charcoal from depicted fire site, Courtesy of the Artist

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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