MAY 20, 2017 through August 27, 2017

Fresno-based artist Nancy Youdelman is acknowledged as an original member of the feminist art movement that began five decades ago at her alma mater, California State University, Fresno, under the tutelage of Judy Chicago. Fashioning a Feminist Vision is a retrospective exhibition of Youdelman’s artistic career and encompasses the 45 years between 1972 and 2017. Exhibition Curator Michele Ellis Pracy has selected 56 pieces, divided by decade, to illustrate the development of the artist’s oeuvre beginning with her time as an art student in the early 1970s to her current command of her feminist vision as an established artist today.

Exhibition Curator:  Michele Ellis Pracy

Exhibition Support: Drs. Kelli Beingesser and Gail Newel

Image: Nancy Youdelmanm, Zippers and Pins, 2009, Mixed media with encaustic, 54" x 37" x  4" and Blue Baby, 2000, Mixed media, 11½" x 14½" x 13", Photos by Michael Karibian 


MAY 20, 2017 through August 27, 2017

In her newest body of work, Leslie Batty considers the subject of American feminine identity within the current political climate, addressing notions of “otherness” and conventional gender roles. Imagery of sewing and garments act as metaphor for identity, history, and culture in these paintings and collages, which aim to redress our assumptions of what it means to be “We the People.”

Exhibition Curator: Kristina Hornback

Exhibition Support: Drs. Kelli Beingesser and Gail Newel

Image: Leslie Batty, Bessie, 2017, oil on canvas and Red Shoes, 2017, 24" x 24", Acrylic on canvas


MAY 20, 2017 through JUNE 10, 2018

Tell Me a Story is an exhibition organized to directly relate to the storybooks read by third graders throughout the Fresno Unified School DistrictIt includes the original artwork of six illustrators selected for their unique and appealing visual interpretations of stories based on legends, folk tales, and social issues. The artists included are Michael Allen Austin (Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale), Pascal Biet (Wolf!), Colin Bootman (Finding Lincoln), Perky Edgerton (Bravo Tavo!), G. Brian Karas (Clever Jack Takes the Cake), and Boris Kulikov (The Castle on Hester Street). Combined, the represented stories illustrate many character building qualities: courage, determination, perseverance, resourcefulness, truth, the value of friendship, supporting tolerance and literacy, and overcoming impossible odds or misfortune with positivity.

Organized to coordinate with the Kennedy Center's Any Given Child Education Program

Exhibition Curator, Susan Yost Filgate

Underwritten annually in part by the Bonner Family Foundation

Image:  Boris Kulikov, The Button Man, from The Castle on Hester Street written by Linda Heller, 18" x 10½", mixed media on paper, and Michael Allen Austin, Martina and Perez, from the book, Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale, retold by Carmen Agra Deedy, 24" x 30", acrylic, colored pencil, and pastel on illustration board 


MAY 20, 2017 through JANUARY 7, 2018

Maurice Cohen is an internationally known artist who lives in both Fresno and Paris. He has won coveted awards in France for his Expressionist paintings. Dr. Cohen is also Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at California State University, Fresno, Professor of Radiology at the University of California, San Francisco, and a member of the Bioengineering Graduate Group at the University of California, Berkeley and at UCSF. The paintings exhibited here are exceptional examples of his Impressionist and Abstract styles. Cohen is acknowledged for his combinations of colors modeled with a knife, imagery that emerges from the compositional movement he achieves, and his command of painterly styles.

Exhibition Curators: Michele Ellis Pracy and Kristina Hornback 

Exhibition Support: Dr. Donna Hudson and Dr. Samuel Hudson

Image:  Maurice Cohen, Paris Pont Neuf, 16" x 20", oil on canvas and Urban Forest, 2016, oil on canvas, 48" x 36"


MAY 20, 2017 through JANUARY 7, 2018

A primary focus of the Fresno Art Museum is the maintenance and growth of our Permanent Collection. As a museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, we are held to the highest standards protecting this public trust. Recently accessioned selections from our collection will be shown in the Lobby and Concourse Galleries. These artworks are held for the benefit of the public, and we are delighted to present a portion of them this exhibition season. 

Exhibition Curators:  FAM Curatorial Staff

Image: Kenda North, Girl with Violin from the Urban Pools Series, 2006, printed 2017, Ultrachrome pigment print on Hahnemuhle William Turner paper, 17" x 22", Gift of Kenda North, The Museum Project and Salvador Dali, The Flowering Inspiration,1978, Volume III, 235/350, Lithograph, 29 1/2" x 21 1/2"

Summer 2017 Exhibition Support:  Kaye Bonner Cummings, Diadre R H Metzler in memory of Ron Metzler, Julia Smith in memory of Don and Frances Werner

General Exhibition Support:  Women's Auxiliary of the Fresno Art Museum, David & MaryAnne Esajian


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