Upcoming Exhibitions


Winter/Spring 2020

January 25, 2020 to June 28, 2020

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


January 25, 2020 to June 28, 2020
The Fresno Art Museum is pleased to host this traveling exhibition of early to mid 20th 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 had been locked away until this traveling exhibition was organized in recent years.

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

GIFTED: Collecting the Art of California at Gardena High School, 1919-1956 is organized by the GHS Art Collection, Inc. in association with the Gardena High School Student Body and curated by Susan M. Anderson. The exhibition and publication were generously underwritten by Yvonne Boseker, Simon K. Chiu, Keith and Sue Colestock, and Craig K. Ihara. The FAM exhibition is sponsored by The Daniel R. Martin Family Foundation and John and Pam Lamborn, J.P. Lamborn Co., Fresno.
Photo: Gardena High School Library with Purchase Prize Exhibit on Display, 1933
Read more about this incredible exhibition of art by clicking here to download an article from the Summer 2019 California Art Club Newsletter.

A Family Dynamic
Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, Studio Glass
Richard Amend, Drawings

Wyatt Amend, Ceramics

January 25, 2020 to June 28, 2020

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There is a particular challenge to organizing a group exhibition for three stellar artists who are also related: in this case, a father, a mother, and their son, respectively Richard Amend, Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, and Wyatt Amend. 

This exhibition is organized to highlight each individual artist rather than to focus on their similarities and familial influences on each other. However, it is apparent that they have inevitably been aware of each other’s work over the years as they all three work and live under the same roof that they call “The Amend Arts Compound.”

I chose to curate this intimate group show for the Moradian Gallery as a visual contrast to the 70 period oil paintings otherwise filling the Museum in the traveling exhibition Gifted: Collecting the Art of California at Gardena High School, 1919–1956. Richard Amend’s giant black and white drawings alongside the two-dimensional studio glass by Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend as well as the sculptural ceramics by Wyatt Amend provide a variety of mediums, surfaces, and constructions that are a visual counterpoint to the oils on canvas in the Gifted exhibition.

Susan Stinsmueheln-Amend is a studio glass artist who has never blown glass. She explains, “I’m more about imagery and idea on the material.” Over the last decade, her work has primarily consisted of painting with vitreous enamels on transparent glass sheets. Susan’s works are in the permanent collections of LACMA, the Detroit Institute of the Arts, the Oakland Museum of California, and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. In 1998, she was included in the California Glass Today group exhibition here at FAM.

Richard Amend is a painter and an equally capable drawer. His compelling black and white oversized drawings of peopled and unpeopled landscapes can be realistic or abstracted. A career in the film industry allowed him to travel widely, photographing sites for various cinematic projects. His paintings and drawings are begun from many of these photographs producing arresting and mysterious panoramic views of life. He has exhibited his work throughout California and abroad.

Wyatt Amend is a master ceramicist. Only in his thirties, his vessels and Propulsion Drones exemplify his finesse at the wheel and his command of clay and glazing compounds. Wyatt has developed new techniques to make his functional objects look like glass. His interdisciplinary process involves the use of a wheel, a lathe, and carving and grinding techniques typically used by woodworkers and cold glass artists. Although widely collected, this is his first museum exhibition.

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

Images (L to R): Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, Man Made 2016, 36” x 24”, Painting on glass with vitreous enamels; Richard Amend, Woman at The Coronation, 2016, Chalk on paper, 54" x 72"; Wyatt Amend, Graduated Goblets, 2016, Clay with glaze reminiscent of glass, and wood 

From the Permanent Collection...
Impressions of Bohemia: Etchings by Jack Coughlin

January 25, 2020 to June 28, 2020


Born in Greenwich, Connecticut in 1932, Jack Coughlin studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and at The Arts Students League of New York. A printmaker, draughtsman, painter, and sculptor, Coughlin is best known for his portraits of literary figures. He is celebrated for his combination of traditional and innovative techniques during the resurgence of intaglio, lithographic, and woodcut printing in the 1960s and 1970s. A member of the National Academy of Design, Coughlin’s works have been exhibited across the United States and Europe and are in the collections of notable institutions such as New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. Coughlin is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he taught in the Department of Art for more than 35 years.

The portfolio Impressions of Bohemia was conceived by the artist as a way to feature literary figures and photographers who at one point in their lives resided in the Monterey-Carmel-Big Sur area. The Monterey Peninsula is known as an artists’ haven and since the 19th century has attracted artists of all types who were eager to capture the spirit of the dramatic shoreline. The subjects of the etchings are Ansel Adams, Gertrude Atherton, Mary Austin, Robinson Jeffers, Sinclair Lewis, Jack London, Henry Miller, Lincoln Steffens, John Steinbeck, George Sterling, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Edward Weston.

Curated by Sarah Vargas, FAM Curator

© Jack Coughlin, Robert Lewis Stevenson, from Impressions of Bohemia series, 1986, Etching 42/125, Gift of James and Barbara Johnson, FAM94.48.11a

Summer/Fall 2020

July 25, 2020 to January 10, 2021

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


July 25, 2020 to January 10, 2021

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

Council of 100 Distinguished Woman Artist for 2020: Kim Abeles

July 25, 2020 to January 10, 2021

Winter/Spring 2021
February 6 to June 27, 2021

Maurice Sendak: Fifty Years, Fifty Works, Fifty Reasons


February 6 to June 27, 2021

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.

Art Dyson: Architecture (working title)

February 6 to June 27, 2021

Summer/Fall 2021

Council of 100 Distinguished Woman Artist for 2021: TBA

July 31, 2021 to January 9, 2022

Winter/Spring 2022
February 4 to June 26, 2022

Andy Warhol: A Life in Pop

Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987) was one of the central figures of the Pop Art movement and one of the most recognizable artists of the second half of the twentieth century. Warhol acquired fame through his work in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, filmmaking, and publishing, but printmaking was always a central part of his art and his way of viewing the world. Through prints, Warhol explored the aesthetics and mechanics of mass-produced images and popular culture.

This exhibition includes portfolios and individual prints by Warhol, starting with iconic works from the mid-1960s to the series of monoprints Vesuvius, created in 1985. These prints demonstrate many aspects of Warhol’s art, including his brilliance as a colorist, which can be seen in the early Flowers and Sunset series. In later series, Warhol experimented with the silkscreen printing process to create complex surface layers. Warhol was a master at identifying the defining cultural images of his time. 


This exhibition has been loaned through the Bank of America Art in our Communities program. 

Ansel Adams: 120 Years





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