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.


Print Room Talks
The third Wednesday of every other month at 2pm in the Print and Drawing Study Center within the main galleries. Free with gallery admission. No RSVP required.

Almost two thirds of the FWMoA permanent collection are prints and other works on paper. The processes and techniques of printmaking are vast and can be highly technical, making this medium both fascinating and mystifying for many. 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.

Print Room Talks are led by Curator of Prints and Drawings Sachi Yanari-Rizzo.

August 21: Silverpoint
Silverpoint is similar to drawing, except the tool is a metal stylus that marks into a surface prepared with acrylic gesso. View examples of silverpoint drawings and learn more about this centuries-old practice used by the old masters.

October 16: Roger Shimomura and Japanese Prints
Roger Shimomura is a contemporary artist who addresses sociopolitical issues of Asian America in his work, much of which is inspired by his personal diary. As a young child, he spent 2 years in a Japanese concentration camp during WWII.

December 18: The prints of Jaune Quick to See Smith
Prolific in her long career, Quick to See Smith work draws from a Native worldview and comments on American Indian identity, histories of oppression, and environmental issues.

February 19, 2020: Works by African American Artists
We will highlight works by African American artists in the permanent collection, including art by Willie Cole, Alison Saar, and Peter Williams. 

April 15, 2020: Faith Ringgold
Faith Ringgold’s quilts, prints, and children’s books demonstrate her skill as an artist and storyteller.  She tells stories drawn from memories growing up in Harlem, the art world, and African American history.

June 17, 2020: Kiki Smith
Kiki Smith is a contemporary sculptor and printmaker, who is best known for her provocative works about the body. 


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

2019
February 21
April 18
June 20
August 15
September 12 (Burmese/English)*
September 19*

*In conjunction with Welcoming Week, a national initiative to celebrate immigrants in our communities.

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 elizabeth.kilmer@fwmoa.org 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
$10 Members / $17 non-members / Silver+ Members get free admission. Tickets are available online or at the door.

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. 

Upcoming parties:
November 8, 2019


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. 

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, August 21, 2:00 - Silverpoint 
Silverpoint is similar to drawing, except the tool is a metal stylus that marks into a surface prepared with acrylic gesso. View examples of silverpoint drawings and learn more about this centuries-old practice used by the old masters.


Wednesday, October 16, 2:00 - Roger Shimomura and Japanese Prints
Roger Shimomura is a contemporary artist who addresses sociopolitical issues of Asian America in his work, much of which is inspired by his personal diary. As a young child, he spent 2 years in a Japanese concentration camp during WWII.


Wednesday, December 18, 2:00 - The prints of Jaune Quick to See Smith

Prolific in her long career, Quick to See Smith work draws from a Native worldview and comments on American Indian identity, histories of oppression, and environmental issues.


Wednesday, February 19, 2:00 - Works by African American Artists

We will highlight works by African American artists in the permanent collection, including art by Willie Cole, Alison Saar, and Peter Williams. 


Wednesday, April 15, 2:00 - Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold’s quilts, prints, and children’s books demonstrate her skill as an artist and storyteller.  She tells stories drawn from memories growing up in Harlem, the art world, and African American history.


Wednesday, June 17, 2:00 - Kiki Smith
Kiki Smith is a contemporary sculptor and printmaker, who is best known for her provocative works about the body. 


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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