Over two-thirds of FWMoA's permanent collection are works on paper: prints, drawings, photographs, and watercolor representing three centuries and hundreds of makers and mediums. Much of this collection is housed in the Print and Drawing Study Center, a hybrid gallery and research center open to the public.
The history of American printmaking stretches over the last three centuries and is as vibrant as any other medium in the visual arts. However, full appreciation of the fine art print has long been clouded by confusion, which may stem from the print-making process and delicacies and complexities of the medium itself. To demystify all of this and open everyone's eyes to the rich and engaging realm of prints and printmaking, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art has created a center through which the public can explore the many dimensions of prints, their makers, and their processes.
The PDSC allows members of the community to interact with works on paper that may not be on current public view. Studying a work up close, without a glass barrier, is an entirely different experience than many have in the traditional gallery setting.
The PDSC at FWMoA is a catalyst for educational opportunities not only for veteran professionals, but for first-time visitors as well. Everything from college and university class visits, to guided tours, to individual appointments for research is possible in the Center.
The Print & Drawing Study Center is open to the public Tuesday - Friday 11:00am - 3:00pm or by appointment. Contact Sachi Yanari-Rizzo at 260.422.6467, ext. 336 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a visit.
Please note that the PDSC's doors, just off the main galleries, remain closed at all times to maintain humidity and temperature standards that keep works on paper safe. These closed doors are unlocked during the PDSC's open hours, and we encourage you to visit this unique museum resource during those times.
Print Room Talks // Third Wednesday of the month at 2pm // Free with museum admission
Meet in the Print and Drawing Study Center to learn more about the art and processes of different time periods through a close-up study of different types of prints and drawings. Print Room Talks are led by Curator of Prints and Drawings Sachi Yanari-Rizzo, and are free with museum admission.
April 18: Artists in France
Attracting a diverse, international group of minds, Paris in the late 19th through the early 20th century became a center for avant-garde ideas in art. By observing the world around them, artists found their subjects in the city and its environs, its people, and their leisure activities. Among the artists whose work we will view and discuss will be Edouard Manet, Henri Matisse, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
May 16: Japanese Woodblock Prints
The flowering of Japanese woodblock prints occurred during the Edo Period (1603-1868). The artists drew their subjects from literature, kabuki theater, the countryside, and nature reflecting the panorama of pleasurable activities that the citizens of Edo enjoyed in their daily lives. Receiving less attention were the Japanese printmakers who continued to work into the mid-20th century in Japan and here in the U.S. Featured in this talk will include works by Andō Hiroshige, Utagawa Kunisada, Junichiro Sekino, Hiroshi Yoshida, and Roger Shimomura.
June 20: Expressionism in Germany
German cities, like Berlin and Dresden, were hubs of innovative art activity, especially between the World Wars. Many of the artists have been grouped together for their expressionistic impulses. The artists attempted to give insight into deeply personal experiences and feelings often times through the use of exaggerated or distorted form. Discussion will involve artists Max Beckmann, Erich Heckel, and Käthe Kollwitz, among others.
The images shown on our website represent notable selections from our permanent collection of art. These works of art may or may not be on physical display at FWMoA, although some are shown from time to time, depending on our curatorial intent. Please visit the Exhibitions page to see what’s on display in our galleries.