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 Kilmer 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. 

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: Joel Daniel Phillips and Leni Sinclair
Curator of Contemporary Art Josef Zimmerman will lead an engaging gallery tour of these exhibitions, offering a unique and personal perspective.

May 2: A Year of Making Meaning 2018
We consider it part of our mission to satisfy our public’s desire for new artists and artwork in our collection. Like many museums our size, we are unable to display the entirety of our collection at once or even throughout the year. This exhibition is one of the ways we can showcase some of our brightest stars.

June 6: The Ideal Sketching Ground: Prints by the Artists of Brown County
The curators of this exhibition, Sachi Yanari-Rizzo and Charles Shepard, will lead you on an engaging and lively gallery tour of "The Ideal Sketching Ground: Prints by the Artists of Brown County." We'll also feature a special guest speaker, Doug Runyan, who, based on decades of avid collecting work by these artists, offers a unique perspective as advisor to the exhibition. From their insider points of view, our speakers offer deeper insight into our exhibitions.

July 4: No Curator's Tour
Celebrate Independence Day!

August 1: Dox Thrash: The Hopeful Gaze
Dox Thrash (1893–1965) was an African-American artist who was famed as a skilled draftsman, printmaker, and painter of African American life and as the co-inventor of the Carborundum printmaking process. 

May 9: Puzzle Night with John Gevers
Acclaimed photographer John Gevers is known for his arresting images of nature and world cities. Now, these images are jigsaw puzzles! Join the community in putting together a John Gevers puzzle, and pick one up for yourself. 

Sponsored by Excell Color Graphics

June 13: Introducing JUKKA HONZA STUDIO
Artist and entrepreneur Jack Cantey, owner of JUKKA HONZA Studio, will demonstrate monotypes and collagraphs on cards and postcards. Jack is also offering a hands on demo for participants to print a card for $5 or 5 cards for $20. 

Sponsored by Catablu

July 11: Glassblowing Demonstration with Eran Park
Summer is the perfect season to enjoy the heat of 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.

August 8: Screenprinting Demonstration with Ben Keffer
Warsaw-based fine and graphic artist Ben Keffer will debut a new T-Shirt design and demonstrate the technical process of screen printing this design to a shirt. This custom design has been specially created for FWMoA 2nd Thursday guests! Place your order that night (only $25) to own this limited-edition shirt.

Sponsored by BECKERConsulting 

September 12: Terry Pulley Showcase as well as a painting demonstration
Abstract, landscape, expressive, and bold--these are all styles of painting Terry Pulley has explored as an Indiana-based artist. This month, he’ll share this spirit of artistic curiosity with a showcase of his work and a live painting demonstration.Abstract, landscape, expressive, and bold--these are all styles of painting Terry Pulley has explored as an Indiana-based artist. This month, he’ll share this spirit of artistic curiosity with a showcase of his work and a live painting demonstration.

Sponsored by Technology Specialists 

October 10: Gwen Gutwein painting live
Beloved Indiana painter Gwen Gutwein will do what she does best, paint live en plein air! Gwen has also developed new techniques with the use of products that can replace toxic petroleum solvents and mediums, and she will help you develop a green and clean studio for your painting future.

November 8: Artist Meet and Greet
FWMoA represents more than 65 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 Kilmer 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.

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Fort Wayne, IN 46802
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Thursday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 12-5pm
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