For Adults

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!

Curator's Tours
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.

Bilingual Tours

Launched last year, FWMoA partnered with the Fort Wayne-based Language Services Network to offer bilingual Spanish/English tours of our current exhibits! 

Upcoming tours
October 18
December 20
February 21
April 18
June 20
August 15

The tours are held at 6:30pm, are free and no RSVP is required. However, if you have questions, please contact the Language Services Network at 260.426.6764.

EnVision Tours

Explore museum exhibits with a tour geared for adults with low or no sight! Trained guides will help you enter the visual art world using techniques that do not rely on visual cues or descriptors. 

Tours are designed for adults. People without visual impairments are welcome. Well-trained service animals are welcome.

Tours are free with museum admission, but an RSVP is required to participate. Please call Elizabeth Goings at 260.422.6467 or email to register.

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.

Seasonal Parties
A few 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. The next party is November 9. 

American Stories
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. 

Print Room Talks

The 2018-19 exhibition schedule features artists using a variety of printmaking processes.  These range from the richly detailed wood engravings of Winslow Homer to the picturesque landscapes of Brown County to the bold, colorful silkscreened images of Chuck Sperry.  For many museum visitors printmaking terms are unfamiliar.  During Print Room talks we will examine examples of printmaking techniques up-close and learn about artists from the permanent collection, who chose to work with these different printmaking processes. 

April 5: This Marvelous and Turbulent World
Curator of Contemporary Art Josef Zimmerman will lead you on an engaging tour of this exhibit. 

May 3: The National: Best Contemporary Photography 2018
The National is an invitational and juried exhibition, anchored by invited artists Alan Bur Johnson, Clint Baclawski, Jessica Todd Harper, Michelle Andonian, and Natalie Christensen. The exhibit will be augmented by the work of dozens more photography standouts from across the country selected for the show by jury.

June 7: Kirsty Mitchell's Wonderland 
Enjoy these larger than life fantastical and theatrical images created with Mitchell's skills in fashion design.

July 5: No Curator's Tour
Celebrate Independence Day!

August 2: 46th International Glass Invitational Awards Winners 
Organized by Habatat Galleries, this exhibition is the oldest and largest annual contemporary glass show in the country. 

September 6: Winslow Homer: From Poetry to Fiction, the Engraved Works
This exhibit is one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Winslow Homer wood engravings ever to tour American museums, including many never before exhibited or published rare period photographs that relate to Homer's engravings from the early 1860s to the late 1870s. 

October 4: Permanent Collection Exhibit
Curators will take you on a new gallery tour each month. From specialized and personal points of view, curators offer unique perspectives on all FWMoA exhibits. 

November 1: All Access: Exploring Humanism in the Art of Chuck Sperry
Curator of Contemporary Art Josef Zimmerman will lead you on an engaging tour of this exhibit. From specialized and personal points of view, curators offer unique perspectives on all FWMoA exhibits. Tours are free with gallery admission.

December 6: Medieval to Metal: The Art and Evolution of the Guitar
This month, we invited a special guest to give the tour!
Sweetwater Sound Senior Sales Engineer Greg Baum will lead you on an engaging and lively gallery tour through this exhibition. From his specialized and personal point of view, Baum offers a unique perspective on this phenomenal exhibition. 

March 8: The Women of Paradigm
It's International Women's Day, so we're celebrating the women artists featured in Paradigm by inviting them to share new work to share with you. Julie Wall, owner of the HEDGE in downtown Fort Wayne will bring her printing press for demonstration and for guests to try their hand at printmaking. Wall will have 3 unique and empowering designs for you to create for $5 each, and buttons to create for $2.50. Live music by Jess Flame Thrower. 

April 12: Repoussé and Chasing Demonstration and Showcase with Jan McCune
Jan McCune is known for her use of chase and repoussé, metal hammering techniques that add ornament and design in low relief to her jewelry. McCune will demonstrate live both techniques and showcase all new work exemplifying these processes.

May 10: Beer Tasting and Pilsner Party with Steve Smith
Sip local brews with ceramic artist Steve Smith, known for his handcrafted ceramic pilsner glasses!

June 14: Sculpture Garden Party
Join us in the FWMoA Sculpture Court for a showcase of art fit for any outdoor gallery. Beautify your gardens this year with work by talented Paradigm sculptors!

July 12: Diane Groenert Commission Debut
We commissioned Diane Groenert, well known for her paintings of local landmarks, to create a painting of FWMoA that will be used to create prints and postcards for sale! Join us on this night for the unveiling of her latest commission of everyone's favorite local art museum!

August 9: Mobile Hotshop Demonstration with Matt Paskiet
Matt Paskiet, owner of Firenation Glass Studio and Gallery, will bring his mobile hotshop for a glassblowing demonstration! This furnace on wheels brings the excitement of molten glass transformed into brilliant glass sculpture to the front patio of FWMoA.

September 13: Glassblowing Demonstration and Trunk Show
Warm weather calls for outdoor glassblowing! This popular event gives you more of the well-loved glassblowing demonstrations with Fort Wayne glass artist Eran Park, and a trunk show of Mike Brumbaugh's and Matthew Paskiet's gorgeous glass sculptures. 

October 11: Wearable Art Showcase
Art isn't just for the wall! Express your creative streak with your personal style and celebrate the wearable art of Amy Gunderson, Ronia Krieg, Sara Nordling, Carol Spaid and Britt Schmiesing. The showcase will include dyed scarves, woven scarves and shawls, felted mittens, knit ear warmers and hats.

November 8: Artist Meet and Greet
FWMoA represents more than 75 local, regional, and national artists who create one-of-a-kind art and fine craft for sale in one of the most unique museum stores in the country, our very own Paradigm Gallery. Meet many of them at this special event designed to connect you with your favorite creatives to learn more about their artwork and inspirations.

December 13: Bauble Party
Ornaments aren't just for the tree--deck yourself out with the stunning variety of jewelry for sale in Paradigm. Jewelry in styles ranging from glitzy, modern, upcycled, glamorous, and subtle will be in its full glory for one of the most popular holiday festivities in Fort Wayne!

Meet Me at FWMoA 
This monthly tour program is specially designed for individuals with an early-stage diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or other form of 
early-stage dementia. Tours are free of charge and are led by museum guides trained to effectively communicate with individuals with an early-stage diagnosis of dementia.

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.

Wednesday, September 12, 2:00 - Relief: Woodcut, Wood Engraving and Linocut 
To make a relief print, the artist cuts away material on the surface of a block (often times made of wood or linoleum) leaving the design in relief.  The raised design is then inked and printed.  Woodcuts by German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer will be contrasted with contemporary examples. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2:00 - Silkscreen
Silkscreen (also known as screen print and serigraph) is a process in which a screen is masked by a stencil to produce the design.  The artists uses a squeegee to pull the ink across the screen, forcing the ink through the mesh and transferring to the paper below.  Among the artists on view will be Pop artists Robert Indiana and Andy Warhol, who popularized silkscreen prints in the 1960s. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 2:00 Intaglio, Part 1: Drypoint, Engraving and Mezzotint 
We will look at intaglio processes (drypoint, engraving, and mezzotint) in which the artist directly cuts the design into the surface of the metal plate, which leaves behind an incised mark. These recessed marks will hold the ink to print. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 2:00 Lithography

In lithography the design remains in the same plane as the surface of the stone, unlike intaglio and relief prints. The design is drawn on the stone with a greasy material and then chemically fixed. The ink adheres only to the design. Artists such as Honoré Daumier and Alphonse Mucha are best known for their works in lithography.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 2:00 - Intaglio, Part 2: Etching and Aquatint
Etching and aquatint are intaglio processes in which the artist utilizes the help of acid to bite the lines into the surface of the metal plate.  These recessed marks will hold the ink to print.  Several works by Francisco de Goya and James Abbott McNeill Whistler will be on view, among others.

311 E Main Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Gallery Hours Tuesday - Saturday: 10am-6pm
Thursday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 12-5pm
Administrative Office Hours Monday - Friday: 8:30am-5pm
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