Upcoming Exhibitions


January 27 to June 10, 2018 

2018 Hanna S. Barsam Photography Invitational: California Nature


In recognition of the legacy of local photographer Hanna S. Barsam, the Fresno Art Museum is proud to host a biennial photography exhibition with the generous support of the Hanna S. Barsam Estate Funds of the Central Valley Community Foundation.

Guest curated by Jay Belloli, former director of the gallery programs at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, the theme of the 2018 Hanna S. Barsam Photography Invitational is California Nature. Each photographer selected by Mr. Belloli explores the natural California environment as captured through a lens. Just as Mr. Barsam was known for his innovative and often avant-garde approach to photography, this invitational showcases photographers that push the envelope with regards to technique and subject matter.

Statement by the guest curator, Jay Belloli:

Since California photographer Carlton Watkins began photographing Yosemite in the 1860s, the natural environment of California has been an important theme for photographers living in our state. The California Nature exhibition presents the work of ten living California photographers who have been exploring the natural areas of the Golden State during this new century. The photographers represented in the exhibition are Mitch Dobrowner, Rose-Lynn Fisher, Thom Halls, Robert Glenn Ketchum, Sant Khalsa, David Maisel, the Optics Division of the Metabolic Studio, Brendan Pattengale, Ian Ruhter, and Robert Weingarten. Using both black and white and color photography they have captured very different elements of the beautiful nature of California—mountains, deserts, lakes, rivers, agricultural lands and the Pacific Shoreline. Two of the photographers, Fisher and Maisel, have examined California beauty from above. 

Many of the photographers used digital cameras and printing techniques; several—especially Ketchum and Pattengale—utilized computer imaging to create their color images. Only one photographer used a traditional camera and film. Ruhter used the 19th-century collodion wet plate process to create full-size images. The Metabolic Studio created its own photographic medium with natural materials found on site.

The California Nature photography exhibition celebrates the natural beauty of California, and the creativity of the photographers of our state as they explore the Golden State’s unique and awe-inspiring landscapes.

Image:  Brendan Pattengale, To See the Earth Before it Touched her Hand, June Lake, CA, 2016

David Tomb: Rockfowl and Other Wonders

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Bay Area artist David Tomb has had a lifelong interest in birds, and also a significant commitment to the conservation of species and habitats that is reflected in his work.

The images he creates are huge in scale. They are collage and mixed-media works on paper installations. Tomb says of his work: "Making artwork of birds is a way to connect and personalize my experience of seeing birds. The ultimate goal is to have people think: That animal is incredible... we need to save them!"

Images by David Tomb (L to R) Picathartes (rockfowl) detail, mixed media and collage, 144" x 168" and Great Philippine Eagle, 2012, mixed media and collage, 128" x 210"

Curated by Michele Ellis Pracy

Marcos Dorado:  Immigrant Me


This exhibition features Fresno-based artist Marcos Dorado and will include 20 to 25 recent portraits of immigrants with short bios for each. The artist's objective: "My goal is to convey their struggle, which is my own. I want to put the spotlight on the positive contributions of immigrants that are here." 

Marcos studied drawing at The Art Students League of New York and The Grand Central Academy of Art, both in New York City. Now, Marcos is part of the movement that is bringing the figure back into the forefront of art.

The realism and superb craftsmanship in his drawing expresses the beauty of the people around him. His work explores social issues that matter to him.

Image by Marcos Dorado, Extranjero (Portrait of Fabio Pertile), 2017, Charcoal, pastel, and ink on canvas, 36" x 24"

Curated by Michele Ellis Pracy

Holly Lane: Indwelling Nature


Bay Area artist, Holly Lane, is a painter and sculptor who creates works that the New York Times has labeled “inspirational parables.” The exhibition showcases 16 of the artist’s unique works. Lane is most well-known for her elaborately framed paintings, inspired by architecture and often tied to Greek mythology and philosophy. Rather than mere housings for her paintings, Lane’s frames are elaborate, hand-carved pieces of art themselves that provide allegorical context for the two-dimensional paintings they surround. Also included are some of her purely sculptural works, gilded creations that range in size from monumental to pocket-sized. The sculptures, with their intricate relationship between form and shape, are physical manifestations of philosophical musings. Lane’s work explores themes of nature, mysticism, interspecies compassion, and feminism. The exhibition’s title, Indwelling Nature, speaks to the idea that humanity and nature inhabit the same space, each providing the framework for how the other is perceived.

Curated by Sarah Vargas

Image above:  After the Storm, 2012, Acrylic & carved wood, 33 ¾" x 39 ½" x 9 ½"




What is in a name? One of the first things that museum visitors do is look for the title of an artwork they like in order to provide context. What happens when the artist deliberately chooses not to give their art a title? UNTITLED presents a selection of works from the permanent collection that ask the viewer to create their own story. From the figural to the abstract, each Untitled work is open to interpretation. What does the image mean? That is for you to decide.

Curated by Sarah Vargas

Summer/Fall 2018

July 13, 2018 to January 6, 2019


Council of 100 Distinguished Woman Artist 2018:
Kay Sekimachi 

Jenne Giles:  Americans

Ernest Lowe:  Black Migrants to the Central Valley, 1960-1964

Guy Diehl:  Stillife Tradition

Winter/Spring 2021

January to June 2021 

Maurice Sendak:  Fifty Years, Fifty Works, Fifty Reasons


Image from Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
© Maurice Sendak: All Rights Reserved.

The exhibition is a retrospective of original works by Maurice Sendak, including sketches, illustrations, and works on paper. It showcases highlights from his career and the diverse art forms for which he was renowned, from children's literature to Broadway, opera, animated films, and young adult textbooks. It includes interactive elements especially appealing to children. 

Special thanks to the lender of the exhibition and to AFANYC for their support.

Exhibition at the Fresno Art Museum made possible by the generous support of the Bonner Family Foundation.

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