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.
In 2012, the FWMoA and the ACGA joined a collaborative partnership which named the FWMoA as the repository and managers of the ACGA Permanent Collection; highlights of which you see displayed at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art throughout the year. The American Cut Glass Association (ACGA) is a nonprofit, national organization devoted to the advancement of this unique American industrial art form. Generated by an increased interest in this antique specialty, the ACGA was formed in the summer of 1978 in Indianapolis, Indiana, with a group of 39 charter members. The ACGA has expanded throughout the U.S. into numerous regional chapters and to over 2000 members.
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.
Painter and printmaker Kay Gregg explores a bygone era of gears and mechanics, replaced by chips and wires. She says, "The era of the movable part is nearly done. Our actions are devoid of mechanical interaction. In the past, the lever, the switch, the button, or the potentiometer provided an extension of our human activities and feedback about where we existed in the process at hand. Our finger pressed a key, a lever slapped a carbon coated ribbon, letters appeared on paper, and an artifact was created."
Bringing contemporary art from across the nation to the Crossroads State, 'Crossing Lines' is a new exhibition series that features some of the freshest contemporary art found in cities of all sizes across America. The debut city for this series is Austin, Texas.
Highlighting Dance Theatre of Harlem’s 40-plus year history, this magnificent exhibition celebrates the history and art of dance with 25 costumes and accessories, set pieces, documentary video excerpts, historical photographs and tour posters; and includes four dramatically-staged ballets that are iconic to the company: A Streetcar Named Desire, Creole Giselle, Dougla and Firebird. Dispelling the belief that ballet could not be performed by those of African descent, Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook founded the Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1969. It has since grown into a multi-cultural dance institution.
Noted painter and preservationist Hunt Slonem focuses on the innocence and beauty of the natural world: the birds and the bees, the bunnies and butterflies, all populating the layered canvases that reference an abstract menagerie of the mind.
Featuring selected quilts from the Museum's American quilt collection, with quilts ranging from the late 19th through the mid-20th century.
The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program has become an essential part of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s K-12 Education program. It has grown into what is now a model program for the rest of the country, exhibiting the best student artwork and writing of the region.
Photographer Alexander Solomon manipulates luscious landscape photographs, inserting subtle and unexpected subjects with an implication of crisis ahead. Solomon is the First Prize winner of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s inaugural biennial exhibition of the best in contemporary American photography.
American painter and printmaker Steven Sorman is renowned for his complicated printmaking processes that result in lush and complex surfaces. Sorman’s prints are extremely detailed and full of vivid color. This exhibition is the debut blockbuster exhibition of selected works from Sorman’s gift of his archive to FWMoA, the largest gift in the Museum’s collecting history and the largest gift made by the artist to any institution in the world.
Creatures from McNett’s Wolfbat woodblock series have been exhibited around the world and three-dimensional versions have even been featured in New Orleans parades and Barney’s department store windows in New York City. McNett’s highly imaginative works focus on creatures from Nordic mythology and are inspired in part by the 80s skateboarding and punk rock scene.
In 2015, the Summer of Glass will feature the 43rd International Glass Invitational Award Winners, a selection of the world's most brilliantly executed studio glass. The second component of this group of exhibitions is a solo exhibition by Christina Bothwell, known for her figurative sculptures that explore the topics of metamorphosis and renewal. In her work, Bothwell says says, "What lies below the surface fascinates me and I try to capture the qualities of the "unseen" that express the sense of wonder that I feel in my daily existence. I am attracted to glass because it can do everything that other sculptural media can; in addition, it offers an inner space and transmits light." The third component of the 2015 Summer of Glass will be a stunning group of work by international artists working in a figurative style.
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. The exhibition is a hybrid invitational and juried exhibition, anchored by famous photography standouts as well as the work of dozens of talented photographers from across the country pushing the boundaries of the medium with adventurous techniques and original subject matter. In terms of aesthetic quality, technical innovation, and cultural relevance, contemporary photography has increasingly proven its dominance as a 21st Century art form. This new biennial exhibition features prominent invited artists and juried entrants with the intention of showcasing the finest photography being created or exhibited in the nation.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
A selection of contemporary work from the FWMoA permanent collection, each by African American makers.
A contrast to the defined parameters and sophisticated lines of geometry in Hard Edge, Cool Logic, this collection surveys a genre of modern painting that valued free form over hard edge, ethereal mood over logical thought. Many works come from the prized Vincent Melzac collection of modern art at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.
In this graphically rich exhibition, painter/printmaker Paul Valadez “tells the truth” about the people, places, and things that populate the real and imagined social landscape that surrounds him.
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 American Art Pottery movement began in the late 1800s in the studios and potteries of Ohio and produced some of the finest examples of ceramics in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Roseville Pottery was among the best art pottery created and is still highly sought by collectors around the world. These glorious objects, presented in entrancing variety, are the fruition of more than four decades of Roseville’s master artisans.
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.
This exhibition focuses on the classic bicycles of the Boomer Generation and contextualizes the evolution of this dramatic shift in bicycle design as our leading manufacturers scurried to meet the demands of this new market.
In the 1950s, artists like Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline elevated the gesture to the position of the protagonist in abstract expressionism. In the 21st century, Donald Martiny advances that idea considerably further by freeing the gesture of gestural abstraction from the substrate which, heretofore, provided the context that brought gesture to life.
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 prevailing concepts in Bremers' work are emphasized in this exhibition, and they are best described in his own words: “We see the natural world as something separate from ourselves; exploit its gifts without restraint for economic gain, and by doing so turn it from an age-old friend into a hostile force. We show little trace of gratitude and seem to forget that we are ourselves an intricate part of nature.”
"Join Hunter and I as we take on Cozumel and beyond. It was the ride of a lifetime." Featuring over 40 never-before-released images from that week on Cozumel, this “diary” recounts the misadventures of one particularly memorable assignment by famed photographer Al Satterwhite.
Robert Pulley is an American sculptor from the Midwest. Large ceramic sculptures on display in the Fort Wayne Museum of Art's sculpture court are inspired by his memories of frequent solitary walks in the woods and along the creeks and rivers of rural Indiana and all the varied forms, colors and textures around him. He says, "Evidence of the effects of time were everywhere in the rock strata, glacial till, and aboriginal artifacts. I found a sense of wonder that embraced mysteries of nature, of change and of chance."
In more than ten years as Executive Director and Chief Curator, Charles Shepard has added more than 1,000 objects to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art Permanent Collection. This exhibition highlights some of his favorites--those pieces that excited and inspired him, and moved him to add them to the cultural archive of the city.
After nearly 30 years in Fort Wayne's Freimann Square, a drunk driver crashed into the massive sculpture Helmholtz on June 16, 2013, severely twisting the iconic orange steel I-beams, rendering the once majestic "bull" lifeless and requiring major repairs by Mark di Suvero himself. After more than a year of repairs, the Fort Wayne public sculpture Helmholtz will return to its location in early Fall of 2014. This exhibition chronicles the sculpture's inception, creation, tragic fall, and victorious return to glory in Fort Wayne.
Says Brandon Gorman, photographer of this exhibit: "As an artist, the photograph is my language. Capturing the multitude of moments, the camera leaves nothing but the truth for the eye and mind to hear. The camera sees and captures color, but it does not discriminate. The Collective Self breaks boundaries of color and race. While this series focuses on the similarities and differences found within the Chinese populations of the East and West, the art speaks so much more than if this were research."
Every two years, FWMoA organizes the Contemporary Realism Biennial, an exhibition of the most unique trends in realism by the most skilled and American and international realism artists. We are proud to contribute to the contemporary discourse of this traditional genre of art making.
"As good as The Modern Art of the Print exhibition was back in 1984, my feeling has always been that it would have been an even better show with a more cohesive body of work if it hadn’t been put together by a fractious team of all too special people--a situation akin to too many celebrity chefs in the kitchen." - Charles Shepard, Chief Curator
Brilliant Optics is an exhibit of contemporary work by national artists 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.
Over five years, Brooklyn photographer Michael July approached a variety of individuals and asked them to model 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.
These large-scale color portraits pay homage to those who faced an oppressive system of inequal rights with non-violence and present a deep mix of emotions in each portrait: fear, joy, anger, triumph, and innocence.
This print exhibit brings a variety of socio-political topics to the fore, with many artists focusing on cultural issues of the Latino community throughout the country. Others employ a decidedly pop art style, many exploring the dark side of this genre.
Featuring never-before-released images from one week on Cozumel with Hunter S. Thompson, this “diary” recounts the misadventures of one particularly memorable assignment by famed photographer Al Satterwhite.
In the 21st century, Donald Martiny advances abstract expressionism considerably further by freeing the gesture from the substrate which, heretofore, provided the context that brought gesture to life.