This exhibition, drawn entirely from the FWMoA permanent collection, chronicles the evolution of American art from 1765-1900, showcasing American style in fine and decorative art as a reflection of social and political movements of the time.
The idea of the “avant garde” was rooted in the linear trend that dominated the visual arts for many years in which a “new style” would emerge in reaction to the “old style” and, ultimately, replace it. Even before the term “avant garde” was used, the process of artists working in one style at a time seemed to be the logical way for the art world to operate--until it wasn't.
David Hayes (1931-2013) is an American artist known for his large steel sculptures that seem to defy the real weight of steel. Heavy sheets of steel, bolted and welded, appear weightless by way of their curving forms that mimic sails, wings, and sometimes figures. This duality adds new dimension to the FWMoA experience, causing visitors to ask questions about form, space, material, and process.
When Sam Coronado founded the Serie Project in 1993, he envisioned a workshop where underrepresented artists could benefit from collaboration and learn the serigraphy technique. In the last two decades the organization has fostered over 250 artists from different professional levels and ethnic backgrounds, who together have produced a rare and special collection of serigraphs.
Today, contemporary printmakers such as Luis Jiménez, Faith Ringgold, Enrique Chagoya, and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith continue the tradition of addressing socio/political life, albeit more subtly, as they explore the deeper and more personal nuances of living in the world today.
Johnny Coleman creates multisensory installations often combining salvaged and handcrafted objects, fragrant materials, and sound elements. In Variation Upon a Theme: Song of the Underground Railroad, Coleman will completely alter a gallery and explore this story of journey.
After World War II, many Americans responded in a variety of diverse ways to the changes in this country, and artists were no exception. In contrast to the explosively dramatic paint splatters of abstract expressionism, a large group of artists focused on the defined parameters and sophisticated lines that geometry afforded them.
This collection of work by Chicago-based artists focuses on surface patterns that combine to present a united statement of introspection. Featuring the work of Deanna Krueger, Maggie Meiners, and Charles Gniech, this show makes a statement on the chaos of modern life and the quest for peace demonstrated by the meditative surfaces of each work.
This exhibition features hundreds of works of art and writing by talented young people in our region taught by educators committed to creative achievement in their classrooms. The high caliber of entries from this area has propelled Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio to one of the top regions for National awards given in the past few years.
The Indiana Plein Air Painters Association (IPAPA) has partnered with Indiana Landmarks for Painting Indiana III: Heritage of Place. This exhibition features works created en plein aire, French for “out of doors” by members of IPAPA and is the third in a series of successful book projects. One hundred works by Indiana plein air painters will be on display at FWMoA, just one stop on its statewide tour.
This is the second exhibition guest curated by the contemporary art curator Josef Zimmerman, the man who traveled the country in search of the most the eye-popping, chromatically adventurous contemporary art for the group show Brilliant Optics. This time, Zimmerman has discovered another intriguing trend in contemporary art: the tendency to reference biology—animals, natural processes, human systems, and other elements of the natural world—in the context of contemporary culture. Three artists leading this trend will be featured in this exhibition: Yis "Nosego" Goodwin, Justin Miller, and Scott Teplin, all who push the boundaries of graphic manipulation of organic subjects.
The debut of The National coincides with the launching of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art's new collecting initiative focusing on contemporary photography and its goal of developing a preeminent biennial exhibition of only the best contemporary photography.
Organized by Habatat Galleries, this exhibition is the oldest and largest annual contemporary glass show in the country. Selected from an array of glass masters, this exhibition features 26 of the best studio glass artists in the world. In its 42nd year, the invitational presents contemporary glass sculpture in the greater context of international influence with unconventional forms and processes. Courtesy of Habatat Galleries, Michigan.
The Arizona State University Art Museum and Ceramics Research Center in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts present Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft, the first comprehensive museum exhibition to highlight their extensive craft holdings, including new international acquisitions in wood, ceramic and fiber. This exhibition and its accompanying catalog provide an international perspective on modern and contemporary crafts and the current level of innovation and experimentation in material studies. This show’s stop at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art is part of its 6-venue national tour over the course of two years.
This national invitational and juried exhibition highlights the strength and innovation of America’s current trends in realism. We are proud to expand the discourse on this enduring tradition in presenting the 2012 installment of this dynamic contemporary exhibition. Although a seemingly narrow focus, the art in this exhibition presents a vast range of ideas, approaches, styles, and subject matter. Some artists are building and expanding upon the legacies of Photorealism, Magic Realism, trompe l’oeil, and urban realism. Others strive to capture light and texture, or delve into the psychology of the situation or sitter.
In the 1920s-1940s, numerous American artists, writers, and musicians traveled to Mexico, attracted by the inexpensive lifestyle, politics, welcoming artistic community, and progressive government sponsored art programs. Artists were inspired by the murals of Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros as well as the powerful voice of printmakers from the Taller de Gráfica Popular.
Trench Art is commonly and broadly defined as any decorative item made by soldiers, prisoners of war or civilians, where the manufacture is directly linked to armed conflict or its consequences. Common articles that this includes are decorated, and or modified, shell and bullet casings, mess kits, helmets, and similar items at hand to a solider at war. This type of art was a frequent souvenir of soldiers of the first half of the 20th century, and is still often found in the homes of veterans or their descendants.
Wunderkammern, or “Cabinets of Curiosities,” arose in mid 16th century Europe as repositories for all manner of wondrous and exotic objects. In many ways, these are seen as precursors to the modern museum. Cabinet of Curiosities will bring together disparate works from the FWMoA’s Collections highlighting and juxtaposing their differences in time period, media, function and the object’s relationship to the definition of art.
Over the past five years the Northeast Indiana Northwest Ohio Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Exhibition under the direction of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, has grown into a region which consists of 26 counties in the art category and 52 for writing. The region now spans east toward Toledo, Ohio and south to Rush County in Indiana.
The practice of painting “nose art” on airplanes was well established in the First World War. By WW II, a plane that had not been named and painted by her crew was the exception to the rule—usually as a result of a disagreement over what the name should be.
Fort Wayne Collects celebrates the spirit, style, and vitality of three local private art collections. Every collection, art or otherwise, has its own patterns and idiosyncrasies. What every compilation shares is the passion and drive of the person, or persons, assembling it.
Prepare to be amazed: This exhibition features stunning close-up photography that invites us to look more closely at the world. In astonishing photographs, Rick Lieder captures the glint of a katydid’s eye, the glow of a firefly, and many more living wonders just awaiting discovery. In this creative collaboration between Lieder and poet Helen Frost, nature and poetry combine for a truly eye-opening glimpse into a micro-world of the delicate intricacies of the natural world.
Max Altekruse was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. An early interest in drawing stemmed from the illustrations in the popular magazines of the time. He was strongly attracted to the craft of draughtsmanship and delighted in copying (in pencil) the Saturday Evening Post covers by Norman Rockwell.
Outside the Circle: Woodturning in Indiana celebrates the beauty and creativity of contemporary wood objects that were turned on a lathe. Beginning as practical pieces made by hobbyists, woodturning has matured through experimentation to works of art made with purely aesthetic aims; the art form has drastically evolved beyond candlesticks and bedposts!
Historical Barns: America's Agricultural Monuments Barns have been prominent landmarks within the American landscape since the 17th century. Today there are well over half a million barns built before 1960 that are still standing throughout the United States. Indiana alone has an historic barn for every two square miles, and every one of these barns contains stories that reflect America's agricultural past and the particular culture and heritage of its local surroundings.
West Lafayette artist Loren Olson in her own words on the origins of this body of work: “In 2010 I was preparing to begin a new series. Beautiful colors purchased, color charts, experiments with the pigments complete, I was ready to begin. Then the Gulf Oil Disaster began. Oil spewed out into the clear blue sea. The dolphins, birds, fish, the teeming life became a living hell and the planet seemed to be hemorrhaging.
This exhibition features 63 multi-media works including paintings, works on paper, photographs and video by culturally diverse artists from across the United States. Infinite Mirror is realized through the collective efforts of Artrain, Inc. and a group of independent curators selecting works of art by established and emerging American artists.
Douglas David has made a name for himself as one of Indiana’s favorite painters. With his signature palette of blues and violets, he uses loose, fluid brushwork to capture the natural beauty of the things he loves: peonies, lilacs, landscapes, cityscapes and seascapes and his popular cows. His ability to uncover the timeless, simple beauty of his subjects has inspired an ever-growing nationwide following of fans and collectors.
The intimacy of interior spaces has historically attracted the attention of artists ranging from the Dutch Masters to Vincent Van Gogh and revealed much to us about the lives of those who inhabit the spaces portrayed. Norwegian-American painter Ida Lorentzen continues the tradition of this artistic genre, but with a distinctly contemporary twist: her utterly calm, spare interiors are the stage upon which light acts.
Dayne Bonta, age 84, is that type of photographer, seeking to capture the moment when subject matter, light, color, and atmosphere blend into the sublime. He does not adhere to the concept of “pure photography,” or “straight photography” meaning to realistically recreate, without manipulation, the imagery photographed.
The Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s Contemporary Realism Biennial is a national invitational and juried exhibition which highlights the strength and innovation of America’s current trends in realism. America has enjoyed a long, rich history of Realist art from Colonial times to the present. We are proud to expand the discourse on this enduring tradition in presenting the 2012 installment of this dynamic contemporary exhibition.
Contemporary Regional Gallery Guest curated by Dan Swartz, Wunderkammer Company The Fort Wayne Museum of Art presents its second project with Wunderkammer Company, Systemic Abstraction: John Collins McCormick, Kamilah Campbell, and Carly Schmitt, an exhibition exploring the tangible connections between the artist and the abstract image.
The Museum of Art's popular Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead exhibit is back! Even if you are not familiar with the traditions of Dia de los Muertos, you probably recognize its images - brightly decorated sugar skulls, dancing skeletons still wearing the bright colored clothes of their less-ghostly pasts, and marigold-like flowers.
Collage can be traced back centuries, but this technique made a dramatic reappearance as a leading form of 20th century Modernism. Growing up, contemporary artist Joel Fremion explored the fine arts, particularly painting, and he was struck by the visual power of the collage technique and worked to push the form into new territory.
As stated in Subjects and Objects, no artwork can lack an identity. That is, for any artwork there must be some thing, some entity of some kind, that the work is meant to be. The particular thing that a particular artwork is meant to be will have a particular identity, a haecceity,that every other object lacks.
Canadian-Pakistani-American Uzma Mirza has spent her working career as an Architect, but in her studio practice, she tends to a Spiritual Art, which is informed by her life as a human, a Western Muslim woman, and as an Architect striving to be in balance with nature, humanity and society.
Twenty portraits from the book Breach of Peace traveled to the High Museum in Atlanta and traveled to the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, the Field Museum in Chicago, the Skirball in Los Angeles, and the Bronx Museum in New York City.
Inspired by the historic 2008 presidential election, Brooklyn painter Charlotta Janssen was looking for a way to pay homage to the people who helped paved the way for the first African-American president of the United States.
Who would have dreamed that behind the doors of a small town public high school were hidden art treasures? The seeds of this 'diamond in the rough' art collection were planted by one man, Peru alum G. David Thompson, and one inspirational teacher, Mr. John Whittenberger.
This premier, international exhibition highlights the best of international contemporary hand woven tapestry. From 110 artists around the world who submitted 223 tapestries, juror Lee Talbot, Associate Curator, Eastern Hemisphere Collections, The Textile Museum, chose 41 tapestries woven by artists from 11 different countries.
The exhibition includes hundreds of works of art and writing by talented young people in our region taught by educators committed to creative achievement in their classrooms. The high caliber of entries from this area has propelled Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio to one of the top regions for National awards given in the past few years.
This exhibition presents nearly fifty silver gelatin prints by one of America's most renowned landscape photographers, Paul Caponigro. His contemplative works explore a range of intriguing scenes: the New England woods, Celtic megaliths in Ireland, Japanese temples, and zen gardens.
Fort Wayne artist Jerrod Tobias continues his exploration of the figure, the natural world, and their complex relationship in Seeds of Symbiosis.
Mexico celebrates a rich history of popular art that reaches more than 2,000 years into the past and continues today in villages, towns, and cities throughout the country. El Caballo: The Horse in Mexican Folk Art, celebrates this enduring legacy through twenty-two examples, including ceramics, metalwork, paintings, paper art, and sculpture.
Over five years, photographer Michael July approached a variety of individuals and asked them to participate as subject models for a volume he was creating to chronicle the evolution of the Afro in America. He was able to capture the best Afros as worn by people of virtually every shade, ethnicity, country and age group.
‘Brilliant Optics’ is a contemporary exhibit that hinges on the dominant theme of color. A common thread in each of the works is the bold palette and an underlying static/movement to the art. Through an array of values of intense colors, the ocular cavity is stimulated by each of the works in the show, as well as the larger group of works that create the exhibition experience. Each of the exhibiting artists are unafraid of brightness, vibrant hues, and pumping up color saturation. The art in this exhibition share intense layers of color for an invigorating optical experience.
One of Dale Chihuly's most daring innovations was to challenge the notion that glass was best displayed on a pedestal by creating pieces intended to interact with architecture and the natural environment. This exhibit, in collaboration with the Franklin Park Conservatory, exemplifies that concept by showcasing several of Chihuly's most beloved series such as Macchia, Fiori, and Niijima Floats.
Throughout his more than 40 year career, Dale Chihuly has pushed the boundaries of color and form exponentially raising the art world’s appreciation of the medium of glass. His success paved the way for other studio glass artists to further push the boundaries of traditional glass work. This exhibit is produced in collaboration with Habatat Galleries.
This exhibition, organized by Habatat Galleries, is the oldest and largest annual contemporary glass exhibition in the country. Selected from an array of glass masters, this exhibition features 26 of the best studio glass artists in the world.
The abstract paintings of contemporary artist Austin Cartwright, whose textured surfaces explore the various properties of paint, demonstrate the artist's choice to preserve moments of beauty that occur in conflict with elements of life and humanity. Cartwright employs a process of painting in which the materials are layered and scraped, and then layered and scraped. In the act of application and removal, the painting creates a history of itself through Cartwright's artistic decisions.
Trained in the laborious, Renaissance-era technique of egg tempera painting, Robert Vickrey fused his technical ability to render precise detail with his passion for expressionism and film noir to create hyper-real scenes haunted by an atmosphere of mystery and tension.
This exhibition is a survey of artists who have made a significant contribution to the development of image transfer/printmaking techniques on ceramics. Relevant works from the Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s permanent collection will provide comparisons between the ceramic works and printmaking on paper.
Fort Wayne artist and Hedgehog Press owner Julie Wall Toles is the featured artist of this exhibitions, showing alongside selected artists that have produced work at the Hedgehog Press. The exhibition will highlight the steps of the print process leading up to a final work as well as explore the business aspects of running a print shop.
This community-centered exhibit features traditional Mexican altars with sugar skulls, colorful tissue paper cutouts, and photos of deceased relatives to honor the souls of the departed. The Day of the Dead, an ancient religious celebration that originally honored children and ancestors, has evolved from a blend of Meso-American and Christian cultures, and those traditions come to life with this celebratory exhibition featuring memorials created by artists, families, and community groups from throughout the region.