FWMoA offers a variety of social and educational opportunities for adults, each with a goal of making your experience with the museum memorable and inspirational. Take a look below at what we have to offer!
Each first Thursday of the month from 12:15-1pm. Free with gallery admission. No RSVP required.
President & CEO and Chief Curator Charles Shepard will take you on a new gallery tour each month. From his specialized and personal point of view, Shepard offers a unique perspective as the visionary for all exhibitions at FWMoA.
January 5: John Baeder Takes Wing on a Higher Road
Widely considered to be one of the most important artists of the 20th century, John Baeder is best-known for his hyperrealist paintings that made the diner the subject of serious art books and historic preservation efforts. While Baeder was almost single-handedly responsible for the diner craze of the late 1970s through the 1990s, he has been and is much more than a “diner painter,” as his new exhibition at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art reveals.
February 2: Fort Wayne, American Monologue: A new body of work and installation by Brett Amory
Oakland, California-based artist Brett Amory unveils a bold new body of work and an installation at FWMoA. The installation will be built during the month of November with public welcome to watch him work, with a new body of paintings based on the people and places in Fort Wayne unveiled November 5.
March 2: A Year of Making Meaning: New Additions to the Collection 2016
A Year of Making Meaning highlights selected works FWMoA has acquired in its permanent collection over the last two years, including new additions in contemporary glass, photography, paintings, and the showstoppers of the year: Dale Chihuly's Lily Gold Chandelier in the FWMoA Atrium, and Darrel Petit's granite Continuum, on the FWMoA South Lawn.
April 6: Generations: A View of Who Was Who
A star-studded cast of African American artists through the generations, selected for their impact on each other and the art world as a whole. This exhibition features works by Romare Bearden, Kara Walker, Alma Thomas, and Jacob Lawrence, to name a few. Join Chief Curator Charles Shepard and exhibit curator and FWMoA Registrar Leah Reeder for an engaging tour of this exhibition.
The program is a partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter and is designed to provide individuals with an early stage diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia a way to experience the visual arts in a way that meets their needs.
This new program is modeled after the Museum of Modern Art’s “Meet Me at MoMA” program, which was authored by the New York City museum during its Alzheimer’s project initiative from 2007-2014. From that project, MoMA developed training materials to be adapted at museums across the country, including the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA). With such success in Indianapolis, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter staff felt the program could be successful in Fort Wayne.
How to Participate
People who are interested in attending the monthly tours must be pre-screened through the Fort Wayne office of the Alzheimer’s Association by calling 800.272.3900. Tours are free of charge for participants and their care partners and will take place the third Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m., each lasting about an hour. Individuals will not be able to participate in this program without calling the Alzheimer's Association to be pre-screened for an early-stage diagnosis and register for the program. If you have questions of FWMoA staff, please call Elizabeth Goings at 260.422.6467.
Four times a year, we highlight current exhibits with a party that brings together art lovers of all kinds to enjoy food, friends, and music at FWMoA. A new take on the traditional opening reception model, these events are each a fusion of many diverse exhibits with specially designed decór and seasonal edibles from the area's top caterers.
Winter Party: January 20, 7-9pm. Check out new exhibitions, groove with live music, and enjoy gourmet edibles. $8 Members / $15 Guests. Learn more.
Tune in to 89.1FM Northeast Indiana Public Radio during Morning Edition and All Things Considered for President & CEO Charles Shepard's American Stories, an original narrative which explores American art through the personal and professional lives of its makers. Join Shepard as he tells the tales of our country's greatest creative minds, with stories about their inspirations, their achievements, and their struggles. Listen to archived stories here.
2nd Thursday in the Paradigm Gallery
Each second Thursday of the month from 5-7:30pm. Free admission. No RSVP required.
This is your opportunity to experience the fine art and craft from over 75 local and regional Paradigm artists in deeper ways. Each second Thursday of the month will feature artist demonstrations, trunk shows, tastings, and performances. Enjoy free admission, edibles and a cash bar with friends.
January 12: Artist Studio Sale
We've marked down all of our holiday merchandise! Not only that, but many of our artists will host booths, art fair style, featuring their work at a discount.
February 9: Date Night
One of our most popular nights in Paradigm all year! Do something different to celebrate Valentine's Day with art, live music, cash bar, and special Valentine's Day treats.
March 9: Color with Rebecca Graves
The multi-talented Rebecca Graves lends us her talents with custom coloring pages for a night of coloring for kids AND adults! An accomplished ceramicist, Rebecca has a thriving coloring book business, creating whimsical opportunities for the artist in all of us to unwind through the nostalgic act of coloring. Enter your completed coloring pages in a contest to win a unique Paradigm prize pack!
April 13: Egg-stravaganza
We asked our Paradigm artists to create custom and one-of-a-kind Easter eggs like you've never seen before, all for sale and ready for your Easter tree.
May 11: Dyeing Demonstration with Amy Gunderson
Indianapolis-based Amy Gunderson, owner of Amy's Funky Fibers, joins us for the evening to demonstrate the various techniques she uses to create her brilliantly colored wearables.
June 8: Design Your Own Earrings with Ronia Krieg
Be a jewelry artist for a day! One of our best-loved jewelry designers, Ronia Krieg, will bring beads for you to select and purchase, guiding you through the design process. Krieg will do the finishing at her home studio, returning with a unique set of earrings designed by you.