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.
August 3: Glass Exhibition tour
All Summer Glass exhibitions at FWMoA, including Brent Kee Young's "Light and Line," "The World of Studio Glass," and "The 45th Annual International Glass Invitational Award Winners."
September 7: The Legacy Architecture of Louis I. Kahn in Our City
Join Chief Curator Charles Shepard for a tour of both Louis Kahn exhibitions at FWMoA.
October 5: David Shapiro: Seer, Actor, Knower, Doer
Exhibit curators will take you on a new gallery tour each month. From specialized and personal points of view, curators offer unique perspectives on all FWMoA exhibits. Tours are free with gallery admission.
November 2: Dia de los Muertos and Los Vivos y Los Muertos
Exhibit curators will take you on a new gallery tour each month. Los Vivos y Los Muertos captures the history and energy of Dia de los Muertos as traditional imagery bursts forth in an exciting array of color as the ongoing narrative of the holiday is captured in printmaking, quilting, and sculpture. Tours are free with gallery admission.
December 7: Celebrating an Era: The Giants of Jazz by Herman Leonard
Exhibit curators will take you on a new gallery tour each month. From the collection of the Kennedy Museum of Art, Ohio University, this exhibition of portraits of jazz legends by photographer Herman Leonard is a multisensory observation of the music, culture and mores of jazz society. Included in the exhibition are portraits of Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker and Frank Sinatra. Tours are free with gallery admission.
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.
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.
Fall Party, 7-9pm. Check out new exhibitions, groove with live music, and enjoy gourmet edibles. $8 Members / $15 Guests. Learn more.
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.
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.
August 10: Glassblowing Demo and Trunk Show
Celebrate the Summer of Glass with 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. Sponsored by Waiter on the Way.
September 14: Mary Pat Wallen Showcase
Wallen's blend of abstraction with the human figure, formed by uniquely textured natural materials in shimmering metals and earth hues, expresses her thoughts on what it is to be whole and in balance. This month, Wallen visits FWMoA with a selection of all-new work for sale.
October 12: Woodburning Demonstration
Paradigm artists Bill Steffen and Fred Inman, known for their finely crafted wooden sculptures and vessels, will demonstrate wood burning with electricity, plus bring new work for a trunk show.
November 9: Generations: Artist Meet and Greet
FWMoA represents more than 75 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 14: Annual Jewelry Showcase
Our December tradition continues with the Annual Jewelry showcase with Susan and Steven Shaikh. Steven combines his knowledge of silversmithing and jewelry-making with Susan's love of gemstones to create their art. They include a mix of both contemporary and modern aesthetic while acknowledging and utilizing a traditional Indian style of jewelry.