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.
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.
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.
Meet in the Print and Drawing Study Center to learn more about the art and processes of different time periods through a close-up study of different types of prints and drawings. Print Room Talks are led by Curator of Prints and Drawings Sachi Yanari-Rizzo, and are free with museum admission.
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.
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.
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, April 18, 2:00 - Artists in France
Attracting a diverse, international group of minds, Paris in the late 19th through the early 20th century became a center for avant-garde ideas in art. By observing the world around them, artists found their subjects in the city and its environs, its people, and their leisure activities. Among the artists whose work we will view and discuss will be Edouard Manet, Henri Matisse, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
Wednesday, May 16, 2:00 - Japanese Woodblock Prints
The flowering of Japanese woodblock prints occurred during the Edo Period (1603-1868). The artists drew their subjects from literature, kabuki theater, the countryside, and nature reflecting the panorama of pleasurable activities that the citizens of Edo enjoyed in their daily lives. Receiving less attention were the Japanese printmakers who continued to work into the mid-20th century in Japan and here in the U.S. Featured in this talk will include works by Andō Hiroshige, Utagawa Kunisada, Junichiro Sekino, Hiroshi Yoshida, and Roger Shimomura.
Wednesday, June 20, 2:00 - Expressionism in Germany
German cities, like Berlin and Dresden, were hubs of innovative art activity, especially between the World Wars. Many of the artists have been grouped together for their expressionistic impulses. The artists attempted to give insight into deeply personal experiences and feelings often times through the use of exaggerated or distorted form. Discussion will involve artists Max Beckmann, Erich Heckel, and Käthe Kollwitz, among others.