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 every other 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.
For many museum visitors printmaking terms are unfamiliar. 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.
August 21, 2:00pm - 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, 2:00pm - 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, 2:00pm - 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.
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.