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Lure of Mexico at FWMoA opens January 30 

January 28, 2016 (Fort Wayne, IN) – The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is pleased to present Lure of Mexico, an exhibit exploring the attraction many artists felt to Mexico from the 1920s-1940s. In the opening decades of the 20th century visual artists, composers, writers, filmmakers, and dancers from all over the world flocked to Mexico. This exhibition explores the extraordinary art created during this time period and the cross cultural influences. The exhibit is on display January 30 – April 17, 2016.


Northeast Indiana/Northwest Ohio Students Announced as 2016 Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Award Recipients
Nearly 1,000 Young Artists and Writers Recognized by Fort Wayne Museum of Art for their Original  Creative Works.

February 8, 2016 (Fort Wayne, IN) — Fort Wayne Museum of Art has announced the regional award recipients of the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Presented by the nonprofit organization, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the country's longest-running and most prestigious award and recognition program for creative students in grades 7–12. 


USF and Fort Wayne Museum of Art Launch Museum Studies Program

February 2016 (Fort Wayne, IN) — The University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts is now enrolling students in a new four-year degree program in Museum Studies, made possible through a partnership with the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. This is only one of two such degree programs in our region.

Exhibit of Allen County Courthouse blueprints to be displayed at FWMoA 

March 21, 2016 (Fort Wayne, IN) – The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is pleased to present an exhibit of the original blueprints of the Allen County Courthouse, an architectural wonder that has been a part of the Fort Wayne skyline since 1902. The exhibit will be on display April 23-June 12, 2016 and is produced in collaboration with the Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust. 


FWMoA and Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter announce new partnership  

March 28, 2016 (Fort Wayne, IN) – The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is pleased to announce a partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter with a new program, “Meet Me at FWMoA.” The program 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.


Site-Specific Iron Pour and Artist Discussion by Visiting Artists April 19 and 20 
Events are in conjunction with the FWMoA sculpture exhibit opening April 23

April 13, 2016 (Fort Wayne, IN) – The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is pleased to present an exhibit by German artist Susanne Roewer and American artist George Beasley Elemental Attraction: Works in Iron and Steel by George Beasley and Susanne Roewer from April 23-July 10. The two artists are collaborating for an exhibition that presents their creative intersections, grounded in the exploration of elemental materials such as iron, steel, and stone. Both artists combine these materials with others in small- and large-scale sculptures, each drawing inspiration from their material properties as well as their conceptual implications.

International Artist Visits Fort Wayne to Finish Pint N Slice Mural May 14  

May 4, 2016 (Fort Wayne, IN) – In 2014, the alley wall of Pint N Slice got a makeover from Philadelphia-based artist Yis "Nosego" Goodwin with the artist’s addition of an otherworldly, fantastical hedgehog like illustration. He is returning to Fort Wayne May 14 to finish what he started.


Exhibit of portraits by Civil War veteran opens at FWMoA June 4 
Alexander Lawrie: A Master Portraitist in Indiana, June 4-August 21, 2016

May 16, 2016 (Fort Wayne, IN) – The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is proud to showcase an exhibit of 19th century artist Alexander Lawrie, active in Indiana from 1881 until his death in 1917. Lawrie's legacy includes portraits of prominent figures in Indiana history, especially Civil War generals. A key partnership of this project is with the Indiana Veteran's Home in West Lafayette, which has housed 167 Lawrie works since 1917.


FWMoA brings another major sculpture to downtown Fort Wayne 
Continuum by Darrell Petit arrives June 8

May 23, 2016 (Fort Wayne, IN) -- The Fort Wayne Museum of Art has broken ground on the site for its next major addition to its permanent collection, a stone sculpture by the artist Darrell Petit, an international figure based in Connecticut whose work is included in public and private collections across the globe.

FWMoA Announces New Admission and Discount Program 

June 8, 2016 (Fort Wayne, IN) -- The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is pleased to announce a new discount program that will serve low-income individuals and families.

Journeying Artist Stops in Fort Wayne July 1 for his Fear Collecting Rituals Series 

June 20, 2016 (Fort Wayne, IN) – The Fort Wayne Museum of Art presents an evening of live performance with San Francisco-based artist Lucien Shapiro as he performs his Fear Collecting Rituals, accompanied by a film screening with Shaun Roberts.


Major collection of Indiana art comes to FWMoA August 27 
The largest collection of Indiana art will be exhibited outside Lafayette for the first time

August 16, 2016 (Fort Wayne, IN) – The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is proud to partner with the Haan Mansion of Lafayette to present a selection of works from the largest, most complete collection of important Indiana art in the state. The exhibit celebrates the Indiana Bicentennial with this important collection of our state’s most eminent artists and will be shown at FWMoA August 27-October 23.


Picasso, Braque and Léger: Twentieth Century Modern Masters 
At the Fort Wayne Museum of Art September 24-November 27

September 15, 2016 (Fort Wayne, IN) – Picasso, Braque and Léger: Twentieth Century Modern Masters highlights an extraordinary collection of graphic works by three of the 20th century’s greatest modern masters: Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Fernand Léger. The ninety-two original prints on view cover a period of sixty years from 1904 to 1963. 


FWMoA and Green Hair Revolution Present The Art of Hair October 8 

September 22, 2016 (Fort Wayne, IN) – On October 8 the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and local organization Green Hair Revolution will host the annual event "The Art of Hair," a day of hair, beauty, body and spirit.  This marks the fourth year of the collaboration between the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and Green Hair Revolution.


First Lady Karen Pence Donates Indiana –Made Glass Bowl from the Indiana First Lady’s Charitable Foundation to FWMoA 

October 11, 2016 (Fort Wayne, IN) – The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is the proud recipient of a glass bowl that was commissioned by the Indiana First Lady’s Charitable Foundation in honor of the state’s bicentennial.


John Baeder, great American realist, debuts aircraft paintings at FWMoA Full color catalogue with 3 essays accompanies exhibit 

October 27, 2016 (Fort Wayne, IN) – The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is pleased to present an exhibit of new paintings by John Baeder, one of the greatest painters of realism of our time. John Baeder Takes Wing on a Higher Road will open November 12, 2016 and remain on display through January 22, 2017.


FWMoA Announces its largest gift of art to date 
More than 700 works of art valued at $6.2 million from the estate of David Shapiro

November 7, 2016 (Fort Wayne, IN) – The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is pleased to announce a major gift to its permanent collection, over 200 paintings and more than 500 prints from the estate of internationally-acclaimed American artist David Shapiro. The gift, with an estimated value of $6.2 million, is the largest in scope and value in the history of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

FWMoA and Green Hair Revolution Present The Art of Hair March 14  

February 12, 2015 -- On March 14 2015 the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and Green Hair Revolution will host the annual event "The Art of Hair," a day of hair, beauty, body and spirit. This marks the third year of the collaboration between the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and Green Hair Revolution. The event has grown to over 200 people in attendance. This year’s event will feature workshops, live demonstrations, hair, health & beauty information, a Wig Wam featuring YVH (Your Virgin Hair Boutique), vendors, giveaways and so much more. 

FWMoA Announces Major Gift to Permanent Collection
Celebrated painter and printmaker Steven Sorman donates print archive to FWMoA

February 27, 2015 (Fort Wayne, IN) – The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is pleased to announce a major gift to its permanent collection, the print archive of internationally acclaimed American artist Steven Sorman.

The Next Generation of Creative Leaders Named as National 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Award Winners 
Following in the Footsteps of Alumni Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon, Stephen King and Lena Dunham, Teens Receive National Awards and Scholarship Opportunities for Their Original Art and Writing

New York, NY — March 16, 2015 — The nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers today announced the national winners of the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation's longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12. More than 300,000 works of art and writing were submitted for adjudication at the regional level in the Awards’ 28 categories, which include poetry, painting, architecture, short story, fashion design and more. 

Another record-setting year for 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Students 
54 National Awards given to regional students, placing the NE IN/NW OH region fourth in the nation.

March 18, 2015 (Fort Wayne, IN) – The Fort Wayne Museum of Art and the many dedicated art and writing teachers from 52 Counties around Northern Indiana and Northwest Ohio celebrate a recordbreaking 54 National Medals from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Invisible College 
Co-curated by Andrew Hosner, Shawn Hosner & Josef Zimmerman
(Fort Wayne, IN) - Opening July 11th, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art will host Invisible College, a group exhibition co-curated by Andrew and Shawn Hosner of Los Angeles’ Thinkspace Gallery, and Josef Zimmerman of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. On view until September 27th, the exhibition will feature new and representative works by 46 artists belonging to the New Contemporary movement.

The Summer of Glass returns to FWMoA 

Anchored by acclaimed sculptor Christina Bothwell and works by Dale Chihuly, the best glass in the world returns to Fort Wayne June 27

June 18, 2015 (Fort Wayne, IN) – For the third summer, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art is exhibiting a trio of exhibitions with nearly 100 works of the most exciting contemporary studio glass in the world, this year featuring a solo exhibition by Christina Bothwell, works by Dale Chihuly and his contemporaries, and the winners of the 43rd International Studio Glass Invitational from Habatat Gallery in Michigan.

Local Students’ Original Artworkon Display in Year-Long Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Exhibition at Two Prestigious Washington, D.C. Locations 

The nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, in partnership with The U.S. Department of Education and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, host the annual Art.Write.Now.DC Exhibition

FORT WAYNE, IN – SEPTEMBER 1, 2015 – The annual Art.Write.Now.DC Exhibition is now on view at two prominent Washington D.C. locations: the U.S. Department of Education and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, an advisory committee to the White House on cultural issues. 

Dayne Bonta: Impressions at 88 

September 3, 2015 (Fort Wayne, IN) – The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is pleased to present an exhibit of the photography of Dayne Bonta, 87, of Marion, IN. Turning 88 on September 9, the exhibit is aptly titled Dayne Bonta: Impressions at 88. The exhibit will be on display September 3 – November 22, 2015.

Private chair collection is a reflection on American Design History 

Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Fort Wayne, IN is pleased to announce The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design, on view at FWMoA from December 12 through January 24.

Scholastic Awards break records, set the talent bar high 
Despite January ‘snowmageddon’, committed teachers motivate students

January 23, 2014 (Fort Wayne, IN) – Since 2004, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art has been the regional hub for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, a national program organized by the New York-based Alliance for Young Artists and Writers which identifies teenagers with exceptional creative talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through the Awards. Today, many know this FWMoA program as one of its most successful, but it hasn't always been that way. 


The National: Best Contemporary Photography 2014 opens March 29 at FWMoA  

New FWMoA Biennial exhibit showcases national talent in photography 

March 11, 2014 (Fort Wayne, IN) – The debut of The National: Best Contemporary Photography 2014 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 in the nation. 


Another record-setting year for 2014 Scholastic Art and Writing Students 

51 National Awards given to regional students, placing this region fourth in the nation 

March 18, 2014 (Fort Wayne, IN) – The Fort Wayne Museum of Art and the many dedicated art and writing teachers from 52 Counties around Northern Ohio and Northwest Ohio have done it again. 


Peru High School teacher awarded Educator of the Year by FWMoA 

March 26, 2014 (Fort Wayne, IN) – In honor of FWMoA’s 10th year as Regional Administrator for the Scholastic Program, the Museum has selected Mike Applegate as its most outstanding Educator of the Region for 2014.


FWMoA Celebrates 30 years at downtown location

Public invited to participate in prize giveaways April 1-20

March 28, 2014 (Fort Wayne, IN) – The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is celebrating 30 years in its downtown location on April 15, 2014. The Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s present building site at 311 East Main Street was dedicated on April 15, 1984, after breaking ground in April 1982 for architects MSKTD to begin making designer Walter A. Netsch’s vision a reality.

‘Helmholtz’ by Mark di Suvero returns after over a year of repairs 
FWMoA plans a week of celebration September 21-28

September 9, 2014 (Fort Wayne, IN) – After more than a year of repairs and planning, the bright red-orange I-beam steel sculpture known as Helmholtz by famed sculptor Mark di Suvero is returning to the collection of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, with reinstallation in Freimann Square to occur September 11-12.


Contemporary Realism Biennial 2014 opens September 20 

FWMoA plans a week of celebration September 21-28

September 16, 2014 (FortWayne, IN) – America has enjoyed a long, rich history of Realist art from Colonial times to the present. The Fort Wayne Museum of Art's Contemporary Realism Biennial is an invitational and juried exhibition which highlights the strength and innovation of the most compelling trends in American and international realism.


FWMoA Announces new contemporary art series 
‘Crossing Lines: Contemporary Art from Coast to Coast’ presents trends in contemporary art in American cities, starting with Austin, Texas

November 18, 2014 (Fort Wayne, IN) -- The Fort Wayne Museum of Art unveiled its most recent curator collaboration on November 8 with the first exhibition in the series Crossing Lines: Contemporary Art from Coast to Coast, curated by Fort Wayne artist Josef Zimmerman. The first city profiled by Zimmerman is Austin, TX.

Day of the Dead Altar Exhibit Honors Passed Loved Ones 
FWMoA Commissions South Bend artist to create commemorative artwork

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is proud to present two exhibitions celebrating Latino heritage and contemporary culture with the annual favorite Day of the Dead, and new for 2013, the debut of selections from a major acquisition of over 200 contemporary Latino prints from the Serie Project. Both exhibits open on October 19, with a special public preview at the Fall Party on October 18.


New Early Learning Center opens at FWMoA  
The first of its kind at the museum serves a new audience

September 5, 2013 (Fort Wayne, IN) -- The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is pleased to announce the September 8 opening of the new Early Learning Center, a specialized hands-on gallery designed for its youngest visitors and their parents and caregivers.


Fort Wayne Museum of Art presents Early Fall exhibitions:

  • Robert Vickrey: The Magic of Realism August 10 – October 6, 2013
  • Clay Prints: Image, Surface, and Narrative in Contemporary Ceramics August 31 – October 27, 2013
  • Hedgehog Press: Prints and Processes August 31 – October 13, 2013
Three exhibitions opening at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in August highlight mastery in painting, ceramics, and printmaking through the visions of national and regional artists, each pushing the boundaries of their chosen medium.

El Caballo: The Horse in Mexican Folk Art Opens 

March 26, 2013 at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Mexico possesses 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, opening March 26 at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, celebrates this enduring legacy through twenty-two examples, including ceramics, metalwork, paintings, paper art, and sculpture.


Chihuly and The Summer of Glass at FWMoA 
The first Dale Chihuly exhibit in over a decade opens June 29

June 7, 2013 (Fort Wayne, IN) – The work of studio glass pioneer and legend Dale Chihuly makes a triumphant return to Fort Wayne this summer, the likes of which Fort Wayne hasn’t seen in over a decade. Not since 2002 have the unique glass forms of Chihuly been shown publicly in Fort Wayne, making Chihuly: Secret Garden, the blockbuster exhibition of the year.


‘Brilliant Optics’ a feast for the eyes at FWMoA 
Fort Wayne curator searches the country for bold use of color

April 23, 2013 (Fort Wayne, IN) -- The Fort Wayne Museum of Art unveils its most recent curator collaboration on May 11 with Brilliant Optics: A Spectrum of Mediums and Color, curated by Fort Wayne artist Josef Zimmerman. The exhibition features work by contemporary artists from across the country who use color in their work as a tool to communicate with the viewer. In short, vibrancy is the key to this show.


AFROS: A Celebration of Natural Hair kicks off Spring at FWMoA
Brooklyn photographer debuts photographs from his afro anthology

April 11, 2013 (Fort Wayne, IN) – The Fort Wayne Museum of Art will open the Spring exhibition season with a contemporary photography exhibit that documents the rising popularity of natural hair styles, especially the Afro, by Brooklyn photographer and author Michael July. July launched the initial project on kickstarter.com, raising over $20,000 to print and distribute a 450 page coffee table book chronicling the evolution of the Afro in America. The original photographs, never before printed for gallery display, will be on display April 27-June 9, 2013 at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.


FWMoA Announces New Hours
Extended hours and adjusted admission prices

December 4, 2012 (Fort Wayne, IN) -- The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is pleased to announce it is extending its open hours by one hour to open at 10am, except Sunday.

Douglas David Paints Town and Country 

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art will host “Douglas David Paints Town and Country”, a collection of oil paintings by Indiana artist Douglas David. The show opens June 9 and runs through Aug. 10.


Freedom Riders, Bus Boycotters Exhibits roll into town 
Two artists, one subject: Freedom Riders and the civil rights

October 29, 2012 (Fort Wayne, IN) – This November, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art will launch twin exhibits exploring the efforts of a group of men and women, who, in 1961, were arrested for peacefully protesting segregation laws in the American South. Each exhibit, created by different artists, features portraits inspired by the original mugshots from the arrests, one taking form in oil painting collages, the other in black and white photo-journalism.


Day of the Dead Altar Exhibit Honors Passed Loved Ones
FWMoA Commissions regional artist to create commemorative artwork

October 1, 2012 (Fort Wayne, IN) -- The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is proud to present an exhibition celebrating traditional Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, with altars honoring deceased loved ones created by members of the community.


Trolley Tour 2012 Makes a Move to Friday Night 
Introduces 1500 participants to Fort Wayne’s vibrant Art Scene

August 23, 2012 (Fort Wayne, IN) -- The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is proud to host the largest annual gallery-crawl in Northeast Indiana- Trolley Tour! After 13 years of trolley hopping on Thursday nights, Trolley Tour is moving to Friday, September 21st and will run from 6 – 10pm.


Fort Wayne Museum of Art Announces Best in Show for the 2012 Contemporary Realism Biennial 

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is excited to once again present its biennial exhibition devoted to representing the current trends in Realist painting, sculpture, and drawing from across the country. The exhibition features 98 works by 77 artists from all over the United States, awarding three artists best in show.


Fort Wayne Museum of Art presents Contemporary Realism Biennial 2012 
August 11 – October 28, 2012

America has enjoyed a long, rich history of Realist art from Colonial times to the present. 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.


Fort Wayne Museum of Art presents The Quiet Light: Photography by Dayne Bonta and Ida Lorentzen: Places and Spaces 2012 
June 30 – August 5, 2012

Twin exhibitions in different mediums by two artists never linked until now explore and depict place, space, quietude, and light—both on display June 30 through August 5, 2012 at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.


Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity 
Inspiring Contemporary Art exhibition showcases shared American culture

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Fort Wayne, IN is pleased to announce Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity, a rich, reflective exhibition of works by 39 artists representing the vast cultural blend of modern American society.

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