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The Fresno Art Museum 
presents an exhibition from their 
Permanent Collection
 in cooperation with 
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Sunday, March 3 through Sunday, April 28, 2019 
10 am to 3 pm, Saturday & Sunday
Free to the Public
Eight years in the making, this photographic journey through the Hmong Diaspora was conceived by photographer, author, and documentarian Joel Pickford. It highlights the stories of the Hmong community in Laos, their journeys to the United States and the San Joaquin Valley, and their integration into American culture and society.
Curated by Curator, Michele Ellis Pracy, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Fresno Art Museum
More about the exhibition: 
Soul Calling: A Photographic Journey Through The Hmong Diaspora
The book by the same name was published by Heyday in 2012. A companion exhibition opened in three galleries at the Fresno Art Museum and traveled to the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 2013. Soul Calling was a finalist for the 2013 Northern California Book Award in creative nonfiction. Joel holds a master’s degree in Documentary Studies and Southeast Asian Studies from California State University, Fresno. His scholarly research also includes ethnographic fieldwork on the Laotian language and culture.

About the artist:

Joel Pickford is a photographer, filmmaker, and author born and raised in California’s Central Valley. His photographs have been exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum, the Fresno Art Museum, the Jordan Schnitzler Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, The Octagon Museum of Southern Art and the Weston Gallery, among other venues and collections. His documentary films have been seen on PBS stations throughout the country. Joel is the author of California Light (1998), the first art book ever to combine digital reproduction with Hexachrome printing. It is a book about his father, painter Rollin Pickford. Joel’s decade-long documentary project, Le Monde Creole: Photographs of Southern Louisiana, culminated in an exhibition that premiered at the Fresno Art Museum in 2007 and traveled to Centro Fotografico Manual Alvarez Bravo in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2008.


Play Reading Series at the Fresno Art Museum

brought to you by StageWorks Fresno 


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Join us as StageWorks Fresno brings to life a new series of play titles for the 2019 season!  These FREE events will take place at the Fresno Art Museum's Bonner Auditorium. 
Sunday, May 19, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m.
It’s the age of artificial intelligence, and 85-year-old Marjorie—a jumble of disparate, fading memories—has a handsome new companion who’s programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? In this richly spare, wondrous new play, Jordan Harrison explores the mysteries of human identity and the limits—if any—of what technology can replace.
Readings are presented in the Bonner Auditorium and are free with admission.

The Hot Off the Stages Play Readings were started by The New Ensemble and began in 2011 to offer local theater-goers the chance to hear an exciting play that’s entirely new to Fresno. Now presented in partnership with StageWorks Fresno, they’re a great way to exercise the imagination, become familiar with contemporary playwrights, and to keep up with what’s hot in the theater world.

For more details go to

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By Lauren Gunderson

Running Time:  2 hours and 15 minutes
including one intermission
Rated PG for language
September 6 - 22
Friday, September 6 @ 7:30
Saturday, September 7 @ 7:30
Sunday, September 8 @ 2:00
Friday, September 13 @ 7:30 *POST SHOW CABARET AT 10:00 P.M.
Saturday, September 14 at 2:00 & 7:30
Sunday, September 15 at 2:00
Thursday, September 19 @ 7:30
Friday, September 20 @ 7:30
Saturday, September 21 @ 7:30
Sunday, September 22 @ 7:30
1619-1623. London and Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Will Shakespeare is dead, and his legacy depends on a circle of devoted writers, actors, and friends. When a fishy Hamlet plays fast and loose nearby, the cohorts scramble to keep the Bard’s true words from fading into obscurity. The solution? A definitive collection of his plays. But to print it, they must overcome a ruthless publisher, an inebriated poet, and their own ticking mortality. Playwright Lauren Gunderson unfurls her trademark humor and smarts in this love letter to theatre’s timeless superstar.
-A Fresno Premiere!