Don't miss
Chester Arnold’s 
Artist Studio Tour
LIVE via Zoom from his
Sonoma County studio
Thursday, February 17, 2022
@ 12 noon PT!
 Chester Arnold in his studio.jpgImage: Chester Arnold in his studio, January 2022, Photo courtesy of John Brewer
Learn more about the artist by clicking here.
The retrospective exhibition entitled Reports to the Contrary: A Persistent Vision - Paintings 1971-2021 by Chester Arnold at the Fresno Art Museum opens on February 5 and runs through June 26, 2022. Curator Michele Ellis Pracy has drawn upon works from public, private, and the artist's own collections, working closely with the artist to organize this fifty-year retrospective which is opening next month.
Come meet this most articulate man who is behind the impressive 20 large-scale paintings, over 18 small paintings, sketchbooks, and a selection of rare bronzes in his FAM exhibition.
In the artist's own words:
“My paintings are part of a visual dialogue running the length and breadth of human history. The search for excellence in this art and craft has led me to​ explore the natural world and the human events that inhabit it, constructing narratives that celebrate and question our presence in the world.
Although representational, I seek a way of painting that is richly traditional, yet radically and surprisingly new. I attempt to articulate more than the surfaces and dimensions of reality, summoning the wordless meanings and sensations that only visual art can.”
A few images from the exhibition:
© Chester Arnold, Thy Kingdom Come II, 1999 Oil on linen 72” x  86”, 
Courtesy of di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art
© Chester Arnold, Reports to the Contrary, 2007, Oil on linen, 72” x 84”,
Courtesy of John and Ann Partridge
© Chester Arnold, RESIST, 2017, Oil on linen, 46” x 54”,
Courtesy of Lorna Meyer Calas and Dennis Calas
Note that this studio tour will be recorded
and available to be viewed by
non-members of the Museum
within a few weeks of the live tour.
Museum members: Click here to register!
Please note that registrations for this studio tour
after 5 pm, Wednesday, February 16, 2022
may not be confirmed.


Watch the Videos!

Our Artist Studio Visits are Fresno Art Museum member-only events. Barring any technical difficulty, we plan to record each of our artist studio visits and present them here.

You can click the image below to see our recorded studio tours:



A Fresno Art Museum Production
© 2020 Fresno Art Museum
All images: © Will Bullas

On Thursday, November 12, 2020 at noon a live visit via Zoom was held at the Carmel Valley, California studio of artist and illustrator, Will Bullas. Will currently has an exhibition of illustrations at the Fresno Art Museum from his illustrated children's book "M is for Masterpiece: An Art Alphabet" written by David Domeniconi. This studio visit explores all the other amazing and humorous art that Will has created over the years and gives some insight into his creative process. The only thing missing from the video is a laugh track!


 A Fresno Art Museum Production 
© 2020 Fresno Art Museum 
All images: © Richard Amend, Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, and Wyatt Amend

On Thursday, December 10, 2020, this gifted family of artists invited FAM into their Ojai, California studios which they call The Amend Family Arts Compound. It was a great tour of the work and studios of three extraordinary artists and an opportunity to get to know them and the dynamics within the family. The recording includes a per-recorded video tour of each of the family members in their studios. FAM is happy to share it with those who missed it!

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A Fresno Art Museum Production 
© 2021 Fresno Art Museum 
All images: © Bonnie Peterson

On Thursday, February 4, 2021, FAM visited the Michigan Studio of fiber artist Bonnie Peterson. This proved to be a most interesting tour of how this artist combines science and art to create her amazing and detailed quilts. Her exhibition, Another Sierra Day is currently on view at the Fresno Art Museum. For more details on Bonnie's exhibition you can check it out in our gallery guide.

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A Fresno Art Museum Production 
© 2021 Fresno Art Museum 
All images: © Margaret Lazzari

On March 18, 2021 FAM had a virtual visit to the studio of this accomplished Southern California artist. Viewers learned what inspires Margaret and how she works to create her monumental colorful and masterful paintings. We are happy to share it with those who missed it. Enjoy the visit!
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A Fresno Art Museum Production 
© 2021 Fresno Art Museum 
All images: © Rick Freitas
On April 15, 2021 FAM took our members into the studio and home of this talented local artist. Viewers learned what drives him and how he creates his stunning, often quite large, Renaissance-inspired contemporary masterpieces in a very limited space. We welcome you to take the tour of Rick Freitas' studio!
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A Fresno Art Museum Production 
© 2021 Fresno Art Museum 
All images: © Anne Scheid
The May 12, 2012 artist studio tour of this talented and prolific Fresno artist is available to view. We invite you to take a look inside Anne's studio and see where and how she works and what inspires her.
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A Fresno Art Museum Production 
© 2021 Fresno Art Museum 
All images: © Guy Diehl
This video includes A Day at Magnolia Editions ©2017 Academy of Art University, all rights reserved. Used with permission.
On June 17, 2021 FAM had the pleasure of inviting our members and special guests of the artist into the studio of San Francisco Bay Area artist Guy Diehl who had a solo exhibition at the Fresno Art Museum in 2018 entitled Still Life Tradition.
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A Fresno Art Museum Production © 2021 Fresno Art Museum.
All artwork and music: © Carmen Hoyos
Fresno Art Museum video edited by Alex Melin
Special thanks to Alex Melin, Carmen's Assistant, Husband, and Muse
On July 22, 2021 we had the pleasure of visiting former FAM exhibiting artist in her new studio in Brussels, Belgium. Not only do viewers get a peek into her new home and studio, they get a look at her immediate neighborhood with its quintessential European ambiance. This video includes some new footage and enhanced audio.
A Fresno Art Museum Production © 2021 Fresno Art Museum.
All artwork: © Rafael López
On October 14, 2021 we had the pleasure of joining internationally recognized and award-winning illustrator and artist Rafael López in his San Diego studio. His work is featured in the FAM exhibition Art of the Word: Celebrating Differences (through June 26, 2022.) The exhibition showcases his illustrations and sketches from the children's book Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You written by United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Watch the video and learn more about what inspires this amazing artist and his many accomplishments!

 Special thank you to Sarah Bernard for video editing, except where noted otherwise.


Pictured above in banner: Will Bullas, Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, Richard Amend, Wyatt Amend, and Bonnie Peterson, our first artist studio tour participants.