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 or other curators will take you on a new gallery tour each month. From their specialized and personal points of view, curators offer a unique perspective for all exhibitions at FWMoA.
January - No Tour, Happy New Year!
February 6 - Theotokos: Contemporary Visions of Mary by Elly Tullis
March 5 - No Tour, celebrate the ARTrageous Gala & Auction fundraiser!
April 2 - Hidden Truths: New Paintings by Francisco Valverde
May 7 - Color X Color: Selections from the Chuck Sperry Archive
June 4 - Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau
July 2 - No Tour, Happy Independence Day!
August 6 - Salvador Dali’s Stairway to Heaven
September 3 - Posing Beauty in African American Culture
October 1 - American Impressionism: Treasures from the Daywood Collection
November 5 - Dale Enochs
December 3 - The National: Best Contemporary Photography 2020
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.
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.
Launched last year, FWMoA partnered with the Fort Wayne-based Language Services Network to offer bilingual Spanish/English tours of our current exhibits!
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.
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.
EnVision Tours are free with museum admission, but must be scheduled ahead of time by contacting Elizabeth Kilmer. Please call her at 260.422.6467 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 65 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.
$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 décor and seasonal edibles from the area's top caterers.
The next party is in Spring on Friday, May 1! Sponsored by
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.
January 9: Studio Sale
Visit our Paradigm Gallery artists as they host booths, art fair style, featuring their work at a discount. Enjoy free admission, edibles, and a cash bar! Plus, Fort Wayne Museum of Art Members receive a discount on ALL Paradigm Merchandise, including artist consignment.
February 13: Date Night
Do something different to celebrate Valentine's Day! Enjoy current exhibitions, live music by cellist Jane Heald, Nothing Bundt Cakes “bundtinis”, and a specialty Valentine’s Day cocktail from the cash bar.
March 12: Audrey Riley’s “Tops” Series
Respected mixed-media artist Audrey Riley, known by many for her printmaking and encaustics, will present a pop-up show of her tops series. Recently, Riley rekindled her joy in drawing tops, a subject she explored in depth over 10 years ago through lithography, drawing, pyrography, collage, wood turning.In this show, she’ll offer a number of older works and newly finished pieces.
She says, “A spinning top is the subject matter in these works and my metaphor for a person on life’s path. Like our lives, tops are born with a chaotic burst of energy and make a winding way to their imminent cessation. Their varying paths are much like our own; barreling straight toward a goal, aimlessly wandering, finding a groove and gaining momentum, or running around in circles.
April 9: Book signing with Helen Frost
Join us to celebrate the new book from acclaimed poet and author Helen Frost, Blue Daisy.Blue Daisy is told in two voices, Sam’s in poetry and Katie’s in prose. When a sad-looking dog comes into their neighborhood, the two children make a big mistake, and try to find a way to make things right. But how do you apologize to a dog?
Frost will be signing copies of this new release, which Kirkus calls “An easy-to-read, heartwarming lesson in trust-building.”
May 14: Gallery Talk with Michelle Andonian
Photographer Michelle Andonian traveled to the historic land of the Armenians to chase the ghosts of her ancestors. Her grandmother was a survivor of the Armenian genocide of 1915, the first genocide of the 20th century. Retracting her grandmother’s path, Andonian discovered the churches and homes that Armenians were forced to leave over 100 years ago. Meet the artist, tour her exhibition, and enjoy an artist talk at 6:30pm.
June 11: Create Your Own Mismatch Earring with Ronia Krieg
Be a jewelry artist for a day! One of our best-loved jewelry designers, Ronia Krieg, will bring beads for you to select and purchase, guiding you through the design process. Krieg will do the finishing at her home studio, returning with a unique set of mismatch earrings designed by you!
There is a sign up for this part of the night, limited to 30 participants. There will also be a fee for the materials, decided that night. Call the Paradigm Gallery at 260-422-6467 to sign up!
July 9: Glassblowing Demonstration with Eran Park and Glass Trunk Show with Matthew Paskiet and Mike Brumbaugh
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 13: Plein Air Paint In/Paint Out
Watch local painters paint live in and around the museum! Artists will work in the galleries, outdoors, and throughout the FWMoA area to create masterpieces on the spot. This event is produced in collaboration with the Fort Wayne Artists Guild.
September 10: Dawn England-Harless fused glass demonstration / Member’s Night
Watch the fascinating process of fused glass through Dawn England-Harless’s skillful demonstration.She utilizes traditional and innovative processes in glass with a focus on impeccable design. Her 20 years in graphic design, training in advanced glass techniques with top glass artists, and award winning paintings and drawings exhibited in top galleries in Chicago and New York gives her work a strong focus on design and innovation.
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.