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. In-person participation is limited to the first 12 registrants (RSVP here), but the tours are offered virtually on our Facebook page via livestream.

Chief Curator Charles Shepard or other museum 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.

November 5 - Static Energy: Sculpture by Dale Enochs 
December 3 - 
A Year of Making Meaning: New Additions to the Collection 2020 - Online only.


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. In-person participation is limited to the first 5 registrants (RSVP here), but the talks are offered virtually on our Facebook page via livestream. 

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.

October 21: James Rosenquist
Pop artist James Rosenquist is best known for fragmenting images from the mass media and bringing them together in a montage to forge a new context.  The museum’s lithograph Marilyn (1974) is a prime example.  We will look at subsequent prints to explore the directions the artist pursued.

December 16: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith - Digital Only, no in-person attendance as of 11/17/2020
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith has had an accomplished career as an artist, activist, curator, and mentor.  The artist creates thought provoking works by sourcing history and Native American culture and combining text with abstract renderings.

February 17: Works by African American Artists
We will highlight a few of the many works by African American artists in the permanent collection, including art by Steve Prince, Pope L., and Carl Pope. 

April 21: Jennifer Bartlett and Elizabeth Murray
Jennifer Bartlett and Elizabeth Murray were two major female painters (and friends) who came to prominence in the mid-1970s.  Both artists’ work hover between abstraction and figuration, often taking familiar objects as their starting points.

June 16: Enrique Chagoya 
Enrique Chagoya is a skilled draftsman working within the long tradition of political satire in art.  The artist was influenced by the work of Francisco de Goya and José Guadalupe Posada, whose works will be included in the discussion.


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

2020
October 15
December 17 - Cancelled 11/17/2020

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.

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 elizabeth.kilmer@fwmoa.org  for more information.


2nd Thursday in the Paradigm Gallery 

The 2nd 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.

Note: 2nd Thursday in the Paradigm Gallery is cancelled for November and December 2020. Check our website for 2021 updates.


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 décor and seasonal edibles from the area's top caterers. 

Note: There are currently no Seasonal Parties on the 2020 calendar. Check our website for 2021 updates.


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. 

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
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 - April 6, 2020 - All Meet Me Programming is cancelled until further notice.
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.

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. 


September 2, 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.


October 21, 2:00 - James Rosenquist
Pop artist James Rosenquist is best known for fragmenting images from the mass media and bringing them together in a montage to forge a new context.  The museum’s lithograph Marilyn (1974) is a prime example.  We will look at subsequent prints to explore the directions the artist pursued.


December 16, 2:00 - The prints of Jaune Quick to See Smith

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith has had an accomplished career as an artist, activist, curator, and mentor.  The artist creates thought provoking works by sourcing history and Native American culture and combining text with abstract renderings


February 17, 2:00 - Works by African American Artists

We will highlight a few of the many works by African American artists in the permanent collection, including art by Steve Prince, Pope L., and Carl Pope. 


April 21, 2:00 - Jennifer Bartlett and Elizabeth Murray

Jennifer Bartlett and Elizabeth Murray were two major female painters (and friends) who came to prominence in the mid-1970s.  Both artists’ work hover between abstraction and figuration, often taking familiar objects as their starting points.


June 16, 2:00 - Enrique Chagoya

Enrique Chagoya is a skilled draftsman working within the long tradition of political satire in art.  The artist was influenced by the work of Francisco de Goya and José Guadalupe Posada, whose works will be included in the discussion.

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