Upcoming Exhibitions

Winter/Spring 2019
February 2 to June 23, 2019 

Bryan David Griffith: Rethinking Fire

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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.

Curated by Bryan David Griffith in cooperation with FAM Curatorial Staff

Gary Geiger: On the Road Again


In 1982, along with two fellow graduates of the Brooks Institute of Photography, Gary Geiger traveled to Virginia City, Nevada for a photography workshop. While there, the three friends were nicknamed “the Brooks Brothers” by their fellow workshop attendees. For the last 36 years, these three friends have come together once a year for a trip that they document through photography. These trips have taken them to locations all across the world—Mexico, Cuba, Indonesia, China, Morocco, Cambodia, and Vietnam to name a few. During these trips, Geiger and his friends interact with locals who share with them the stories of their cultures, religions, families, and history. This exhibition provides a small look at the adventures of the Brooks Brothers and the inspiring people and places they discover along the way, captured through the lens of Gary Geiger.

Exhibition Curator:  Sarah Vargas, FAM Associate Curator 

Image: Gary Geiger, Mezcal, 2014, Archival pigment print, Courtesy of the Artist

BIG: Oversized Works from the Permanent Collection


The Permanent Collection of the Fresno Art Museum was established during the early 1960s when the institution was known as the Fresno Art Center. In the ensuing fifty-eight years, the Permanent Collection has grown to house over 3,600 works of art in the primary collecting areas of modern and contemporary art in all mediums.

In recent years, the Museum has included selections from the Permanent Collection each exhibition season in order to share with our visitors the art we hold in trust for the public.

With these particular choices from the Permanent Collection entitled BIG, the curator has culled from the storage vaults oversized works never before grouped together as an exhibition. 

Michele Ellis Pracy, Chief Curator of the Fresno Art Museum and curator of this exhibition, combines large-format works by nationally and internationally renowned artists, Charles Arnoldi, Claire Falkenstein, Charles Gaines, Victor Vasarely, Oliver Jackson, Ann Weber, among others. Also included are oversized works by local artists now deceased: August Madrigal, Clement Renzi, and Patricia Kirkegaard, among others. BIG will be exhibited in the Lobby, Concourse, and Administration Lobby Galleries.

An Art in Bloom special event involving local florists inspired by the BIG artworks will be held mid-exhibition from May 8th through 11th celebrating the Mother’s Day weekend.

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

Image: Clement Renzi, Problem Solving, 1987, Terra Cotta, 77” x 27” x 24”, Gift of Judith and Donald Peracchi, FAM2016.14.1

Coiled and Twined: California Native American Basketry from the Permanent Collection 


The Native American groups of California are renowned for their basket making. The Fresno Art Museum is fortunate to have within its Permanent Collection a selection of exquisite baskets from the Yokut, Mono (Monache), and Miwok tribes of Central California. Many of these baskets date from the early decades of the 20th century when baskets transitioned from necessary items to objects desired by tourists and art collectors.

Basket making is a tradition that extends back in this region for thousands of years and is a skill passed down through the generations that connects the past and the present. Initially created as utilitarian tools—burden baskets to transport things, cradleboards to carry young children, baskets for cooking, storage, or ceremonial purposes—baskets have evolved into a way of preserving cultural history and a means for cultivating community solidarity. Basketry is labor intensive work, requiring not only the skill of weaving but also the knowledge of the plants and materials necessary for the creation. It is a living art form, using natural materials and imbued with cultural significance beyond the aesthetic. The baskets in this exhibition are by noted local basket makers including Minnie Hancock, Sally Edd, Burtha Goode, and Lucinda Hancock.

Exhibition Curators: Michele Ellis Pracy, FAM Executive Director & Chief Curator and Sarah Vargas, FAM Associate Curator

Image: Minnie Hancock (Yokut), Gift Basket with Washo design, circa 1940 Sedge, redbud, and bracken fern on a grass bundle foundation, 4 3/4" x 4" x 7", Gift of Mr. and Mrs. W. Clarence Harris, FAM91.80

Summer/Fall 2019
July 20, 2019 to January 5, 2020

Nick Potter: Constructed Utopias


Fresno-based artist, Nick Potter, features new paintings created in 2018 and 2019 in this solo exhibition entitled Constructed Utopias. Potter was born and raised in London, England then moved to the United States in 1999. He is currently a Professor at California State University, Fresno.

Constructed Utopias is the artist’s first one-person exhibition at the Fresno Art Museum. Potter is recognized for his supra realistic depictions of spare interior spaces, mid-century modern furnishings, compositions of vintage social scenes, and isolated architectural monoliths in surreal settings.

The new paintings will be seen for the first time (except for perhaps two) in the Museum’s Hallowell Gallery. They are oils on canvas; they are large format; they emote a time gone by; they tell us familiar stories while encouraging us to make up our own narratives.

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

Image:  Nick Potter, The Promise of the Dream, 2018, Oil on canvas, 4' x 5'

Council of 100 Distinguished Woman Artist for 2019: Heather Wilcoxon


Sausalito, California based painter, Heather Wilcoxon, is the Council of 100’s Honoree for 2019 making her the thirty-first consecutive woman artist bestowed this award by the Fresno Art Museum.  With this honor, Wilcoxon is given a solo exhibition in the Fig Garden and Duncan Galleries at the Museum, a Luncheon celebrating her accomplishment, and a catalog reflecting her exhibition at FAM.

Wilcoxon has B.A. and M.F.A. degrees the San Francisco Art Institute; is represented by the Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco; is widely exhibited; and has works in the permanent  collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Triton Museum of Art, Rene Di Rosa Preserve, and Maine College of Art, among others.

Recent paintings include a focus on boats at sea; immense canvases where broken hulls and powerful silhouettes emerge off the canvas almost at our feet. Wilcoxon will determine whether this exhibition is a retrospective, a survey of certain years, or completely new work.

Her artist’s statement reads:

I challenge myself.
I take risks.
I am not afraid of change.
I fail a lot.
And I have learned to recognize that time, patience and thought are part of my process.

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

Carmen Hoyos: The Path


Painter, sculptor, and land art/installation artist, Carmen Hoyos, was born in Bogota, Columbia and has lived, worked, and exhibited in Paris, Madrid, and Brussels over the course of her artistic life. She now resides in Fresno, establishing her home and studio here.

Hoyos’ medium is plastic: hard (Plexiglas) or malleable (cellophane) which she carves, folds, paints, layers, wraps, or suspends. Her exhibitions can be gallery-confined or environmental site-specific momentary installations.

Happily, the Fresno Art Museum exhibition combines both of the artist’s approaches. In the Lobby Gallery will be installed wall-based works on Plexiglas she has kept in her personal collection.

The Concourse and Administration Lobbies will house new site-specific cellophane and Plexiglas works created especially for the Fresno Art Museum spaces.

The Sculpture Garden will have an installation of her field of red plastic flowers.

“What matters to me is that my constructions become imprints on memory and nourish our imagination to become the personal breeding ground for future actions. Nature feeds my work.”

Exhibition Curators: Michele Ellis Pracy, FAM Executive Director & Chief Curator and Sarah Vargas, FAM Associate Curator

Catie O'LearyA Natural History of Collage


California native Catie O’Leary works in collage. Collage techniques have been around for thousands of years, but Cubist artists Braque and Picasso are often attributed with coining the word in the early twentieth century from the French coller, meaning “to glue.” The art movements of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism embraced collage, establishing it as an integral part of modern art. It has continued to be a prominent aspect of contemporary art. O’Leary was influenced by the work of Jess Collins (known simply as Jess) whose collages inspired her to abandon all other forms of art and dedicate herself to collage. She takes original engravings from antique books and creates intricate and whimsical landscapes woven together by layering meticulously cut out pieces of paper. Her work blends the contemporary and the classical, weaving together traditional imagery in an inventive and innovative manner to examine the relationship between the natural and human worlds.

Exhibition Curator: Sarah Vargas, FAM Associate Curator

Image: Catie O'Leary, untitled (tower II), 2014, paper collage, 12" x 8 3/4", Courtesy of the Artist 


Will Bullas: M is for Masterpiece
 July 20, 2019 to June 28, 2020


It has been said that Will Bullas makes art fun! He is a master watercolorist with a sense of humor and wit that is often unexpected. He has award-winning artistic skills and his creative works are unique and often full of whimsy.

The subject of this exhibition is somewhat of a departure from Bullas’ usual humorous style full of visual puns and imaginative titles. Keeping with the theme of children’s book illustration art, the works shown are his illustrations from an alphabet book called M is for Masterpiece written by David Domeniconi that is subtitled An Art Alphabet. While the subject matter of the artwork is more subtle then Bullas’ usual fare, it shows off the creative talent of this artist through his unusual compositions that illustrate single art-related words or artist names from A to Z.

Will Bullas was born in Ohio and grew up in the Southwest United States. While studying fine and dramatic arts at Arizona State University, he was drafted and sent off to Viet Nam. When he returned, he finished his degree in oil painting at Brooks Institute of Fine Art in Santa Barbara. For a number of years, he has only worked as a professional artist and illustrator and currently resides with his wife in Carmel, California.

Winter/Spring 2020

January 25, 2020 to June 28, 2020

Gifted:  Collecting the Art of California at Gardena High School, 1919-1956


The Fresno Art Museum is pleased to host this traveling exhibition of early twentieth century American Art, entitled Gifted: Collecting the Art of California at Gardena High School, 1919 – 1956. Approximately 70 oil paintings will nearly fill the entire Museum.
The exhibition contains works by key early twentieth century California artists in figurative, landscape, and genre traditions. The collection contains works by Maynard Dixon, Elmer Bischoff, Edgar Payne, Agnes Pelton, Marion Wachtel, among many others.
The 70 works of art were selected, purchased, and donated to Gardena High School in Gardena by its student body between 1919 and 1956. The Students’ choices show a high level of sophistication due to the level of discourse and collaboration encouraged at the school and in the City. The story of how arts engagement can promote civic participation to strengthen the community is woven throughout the history of the collection.

When Gardena High School moved to a new campus in 1956, the collecting program ended. It has been locked away until this traveling exhibition was organized in recent years.

Curator, Susan M. Anderson, Former Chief Curator, Laguna Art Museum

Sponsored in part by John and Pam Lamborn, JP Lamborn Company, Fresno
Image: Maynard Dixon, Men of the Red Earth, 1931-32, Oil on canvas,
Courtesy Gardena HS Student Body Class of Summer 1944

Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend: Contemporary Studio Glass


Contemporary Studio Glass artist, Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, has a solo exhibition in the Moradian Gallery that will also include a selection of art glass by her contemporaries that are in her personal art glass collection.

Stinsmuehlen-Amend lives and works in Ojai, California. While Director of the Ojai Valley Museum, I included her in two contemporary, art glass group exhibitions over my five years there as Museum Director. She was also exhibited at the Fresno Art Museum in a group show in 1998 entitled The Molten Form: California Glass Today. This is her first solo exhibition at the Fresno Art Museum.

This one-person show will include two and three-dimensional works produced by the artist from 2000 through 2020.  Her manipulation of glass as medium is unique, strong, content-savvy, and beautiful. The additional glass artists from her personal collection will include vessels by Paul Marioni, Dale Chihuly, and William Morris, among others.

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

Image: Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, Common Vessels, Toilette, 2006, Offhand sculpted solid glass and painted pick-ups, Collection of the artist

Summer/Fall 2020

July 25, 2020 to January 10, 2021

Nathan Oliveira:  Rare Works from the Private Collections of His Children


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

Winter/Spring 2021

January to June 2021 

Maurice Sendak: Fifty Years, Fifty Works, Fifty Reasons


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.

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

Winter/Spring 2022
February 4 to June 26, 2022





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