Exhibitions at the Fresno Art Museum reflect the culturally and artistically diverse community living in the San Joaquin Valley today. Established as a regional art center in 1948, FAM has grown into an important accredited museum and a hub for cultural activity that is a true reflection of our Valley. The Museum plays a central role as arts and history educator, presenter, and a repository for the artistic and cultural treasures of one of the fastest growing and most diverse areas of California. (You can learn more about the history of the Museum by clicking here.)
The Fresno Art Museum’s exhibition schedule offers a dynamic experience for appreciating and understanding visual arts and world cultures. Since the Museum welcomes, inspires, and educates a diverse regional audience, its significant exhibitions strive to reflect the diversity of the community. While the emphasis of our exhibitions is on visual art, under the leadership of Executive Director, Linda Cano the Museum has expanded its focus to include cultural exhibitions that respond to the unique needs of our population, engage people in thoughtful discussion, connect to the entire community, and are topically relevant, both locally and globally.
Recent exhibitions at the Fresno Art Museum have celebrated the cultures and the history of the Sikhs from India’s Punjab region, the Hmong from South East Asia, Mexican and Peruvian ancient cultures (permanent exhibition), the Japanese-American experience during WWII, and Greek Orthodox iconography. Exhibitions that celebrate the world of Islamic art and culture, and the Mixtec people of Oaxaca, Mexico are in the planning stages. Art exhibitions have focused on contemporary and modern artists who have a connection to Central California and/or Fresno or to our diverse cultures. They have ranged from solo and group exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, mixed-media, photography, and prints to installations. There has long been a tradition of exhibitions with a strong focus on women artists (see Council of 100). As the Museum strives to engage more people from our diverse community, it plans to expand its exhibitions to include more interactive elements that invite and inspire greater numbers of people to participate in the Museum and become a part of a unique dynamic experience.
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Images above: (l to r) Heather Wilcoxon, Spill, 2016, 48” x 60” | Catie O'Leary, Untitled (Tower II), 2014, Paper collage, 12" x 8 3/4", Courtesy of the Artist | Nick Potter, Detail, Order and Progress, 2019, Oil on canvas, 5 1/2’x 7’ | Will Bullas, Detail, D is for Drawing, Watercolor on Crescent 100# illustration board, 13" x 18" | Carmen Hoyos, Detail, Untitled, Acrylic paint and Plexiglas, Courtesy of the Artist