Did you ever want to go inside
an artist's studio?
The next artist studio live Zoom tour is...
Rafael López' Artist Studio Tour
LIVE from San Diego, California on
Thursday, October 14, 2021!
Learn more about the artist by clicking here.
Image: Rafael López in his studio
October 14, 2021@ 12:00 pm PT
Rafael López is an internationally recognized illustrator and artist whose work brings diverse characters to children’s books. The Art of the Word: Celebrating Differences exhibition currently at FAM features his illustrations for the children's book Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You written by United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
He is driven to produce and promote books that reflect and honor the lives of all young people. Born and raised in Mexico City to architect parents, Rafael López was immersed in the rich visual heritage, music, and surrealism of his native culture. He is a two-time winner of a #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator award, once for Just Ask! and another time for The Day You Begin written by Jacqueline Woodson. He has two Pura Belpré Medals as the award-winning illustrator of Drum Dream Girl and Book Fiesta! and three Pura Belpre Honor awards as the illustrator of Tito Puente: Mambo King; The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred; and My Name Is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz.
Rafael is a founder of the Urban Art Trail movement in San Diego’s East Village. His murals can also be found in urban areas, at children’s hospitals, in public schools, under freeways, and at farmers markets around the country. His community work with murals is the subject of the children’s book Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood. Rafael has also been commissioned to create seven United States Postal Stamps. In 2008 and 2012, he was asked to create official posters for the Obama campaign to win the pivotal Latino vote. 
These days, Rafael lives and works in an industrial loft in downtown San Diego and at his home/studio in the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Learn more about the artist by clicking here.
Note that this studio tour will be recorded and
available to be viewed by 
non-members of the
Museum within a few weeks of the live tour.
Museum members: Click here to register!
Limited to 100 participants
(We anticipate that this tour will be popular.
If you register and can't attend, let us know so we
can add another participant from the waitlist.
Email if you are unable to
register because we have reached capacity
so you may be added to the waitlist.)
 This studio tour will be recorded and available to be viewed by
non-members of the Museum within a few weeks after the live tour.
Please note that registrations for this studio tour
after 5 pm, Wednesday, October 13, 2021
may not be confirmed.
Virtual Studio tours are now a regular event,
just for Museum members. 
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Watch the Videos!

Our Artist Studio Visits are Fresno Art Museum member-only events. Barring any technical difficulty, we plan to record each of our artist studio visits and present them here.

You can click the image below to see our recorded studio tours:



A Fresno Art Museum Production
© 2020 Fresno Art Museum
All images: © Will Bullas

On Thursday, November 12, 2020 at noon a live visit via Zoom was held at the Carmel Valley, California studio of artist and illustrator, Will Bullas. Will currently has an exhibition of illustrations at the Fresno Art Museum from his illustrated children's book "M is for Masterpiece: An Art Alphabet" written by David Domeniconi. This studio visit explores all the other amazing and humorous art that Will has created over the years and gives some insight into his creative process. The only thing missing from the video is a laugh track!


 A Fresno Art Museum Production 
© 2020 Fresno Art Museum 
All images: © Richard Amend, Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, and Wyatt Amend

On Thursday, December 10, 2020, this gifted family of artists invited FAM into their Ojai, California studios which they call The Amend Family Arts Compound. It was a great tour of the work and studios of three extraordinary artists and an opportunity to get to know them and the dynamics within the family. The recording includes a per-recorded video tour of each of the family members in their studios. FAM is happy to share it with those who missed it!

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A Fresno Art Museum Production 
© 2021 Fresno Art Museum 
All images: © Bonnie Peterson

On Thursday, February 4, 2021, FAM visited the Michigan Studio of fiber artist Bonnie Peterson. This proved to be a most interesting tour of how this artist combines science and art to create her amazing and detailed quilts. Her exhibition, Another Sierra Day is currently on view at the Fresno Art Museum. For more details on Bonnie's exhibition you can check it out in our gallery guide.

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A Fresno Art Museum Production 
© 2021 Fresno Art Museum 
All images: © Margaret Lazzari

On March 18, 2021 FAM had a virtual visit to the studio of this accomplished Southern California artist. Viewers learned what inspires Margaret and how she works to create her monumental colorful and masterful paintings. We are happy to share it with those who missed it. Enjoy the visit!
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A Fresno Art Museum Production 
© 2021 Fresno Art Museum 
All images: © Rick Freitas
On April 15, 2021 FAM took our members into the studio and home of this talented local artist. Viewers learned what drives him and how he creates his stunning, often quite large, Renaissance-inspired contemporary masterpieces in a very limited space. We welcome you to take the tour of Rick Freitas' studio!
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A Fresno Art Museum Production 
© 2021 Fresno Art Museum 
All images: © Anne Scheid
The May 12, 2012 artist studio tour of this talented and prolific Fresno artist is available to view. We invite you to take a look inside Anne's studio and see where and how she works and what inspires her.
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A Fresno Art Museum Production 
© 2021 Fresno Art Museum 
All images: © Guy Diehl
This video includes A Day at Magnolia Editions ©2017 Academy of Art University, all rights reserved. Used with permission.
On June 17, 2021 FAM had the pleasure of inviting our members and special guests of the artist into the studio of San Francisco Bay Area artist Guy Diehl who had a solo exhibition at the Fresno Art Museum in 2018 entitled Still Life Tradition.
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A Fresno Art Museum Production © 2021 Fresno Art Museum.
All artwork and music: © Carmen Hoyos
Fresno Art Museum video edited by Alex Melin
Special thanks to Alex Melin, Carmen's Assistant, Husband, and Muse
On July 22, 2021 we had the pleasure of visiting former FAM exhibiting artist in her new studio in Brussels, Belgium. Not only do viewers get a peek into her new home and studio, they get a look at her immediate neighborhood with its quintessential European ambiance. This video includes some new footage and enhanced audio.

 Special thank you to Sarah Bernard for video editing, except where noted otherwise.


Pictured above in banner: Will Bullas, Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, Richard Amend, Wyatt Amend, and Bonnie Peterson, our first artist studio tour participants.