May 15 to August 24, 2014

(except where noted otherwise)


Known for his idyllic portrayal of American culture, Norman Rockwell’s career spanned more than 60 years. His body of work included, in addition to the iconic Saturday Evening Post covers, artwork commissioned by FDR during World War II, book illustrations and advertisements, as well as covers for Look Magazine during the1960's that highlighted social issues such as Civil Rights and poverty. This exhibition brings together lithographs from five portfolios produced by the artist and Circle Gallery during the 1970's. Included are illustrations from The Adventures of Tom SawyerPoor Richard's Almanack [sic]School Days, and The American Family.

Images:  Norman Rockwell, Whitewashing the Fence (Tom Sawyer), lithograph, c.1970 and After the Prom, lithograph


Photographer, author, and director Ethan Russell is the only photographer to have shot album covers for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Who. A boy from California who wasn’t even really a photographer when he took his first pictures of Mick Jagger, Russell was one of the foremost rock photographers in the world a few years later. He was at Altamont with the Rolling Stones, shot the “Let It Be” cover for the Beatles and was on the rooftop for their last concert. He took the cover image for “Who’s Next,” and directed the last video with John Lennon the week before he was murdered. His early career coincided with a cultural storm of music, art, politics, civil rights, power, change, and evolution that reshaped the world and became the collective story of a generation. Best Seat in the House is a series of photos from rock history. 

Images:  "Who's Next" England, 1971; Chuck Berry and Mick Jagger, 1969 (all Pigmented Archival Prints)  


Tom Gundelfinger O’Neal has been privileged to have photographed famous musicians and celebrities throughout his career. He learned early on that his success was dependent on his ability to blend into the physical and emotional environment of the moment knowing that important lost moments can never be recaptured, he realized that some of the best shots occur at the least expected moments.  His career spans more than four decades and includes credits on more than seventy album covers and images of some of the biggest names in show business and the music industry.

Jason DeBord has long loved rock music and has been a huge fan and follower of the concert scene since the 1980s. He started The Rock Subculture Journal (on-line) in an effort to share his love of music, connect with fellow fans and artists, and to share and memorialize the experience of attending live events, as well as participate in the dialogue about bands and artists in contemporary rock and pop music. In this exhibition, he is excited to share his love for music and provide a view of the people who create it.

Images:  Tom Gundelfinger O'Neal, "Deja Vu" (Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young), photograph, 1969; Jason DeBord, Imagine Dragons, photograph, 2013.


2014 is the year of Wilderness, celebrating 50 years since the signing of the Wilderness Act in 1964. Initially the Wilderness Act protected 9 million acres; today 110 million acres of National Parks, Forests, Fish and Wildlife, and Bureau of Land Management lands are protected. Communities around the nation are celebrating with activities throughout the year. Fresno's celebration of Wilderness and Art includes the exhibition Photographs of Wilderness, created by the members of Spectrum Art Gallery. These images capture the untouched environments within the National Wilderness Preservation System, which include deserts, tundra, lava beds, swamps, alpine meadows and coasts.

Images: Rick Preston, Oregon Tide, Archival Pigment Print; Franka Gabler, Morning Reflections, Three Brothers, Yosemite


Annette Corcoran, transforms the common teapot from an object of function to one of pure aesthetic. An avid bird watcher, Corcoran is inspired by the birds she encounters and the ever-changing essence of nature. Her work combines observation, imagination and technical skill. Corcoran's use of trompe l'oeil and graphic realism create objects that exemplify the movement and character of each bird, as well as linking the past and the present through the unique stylizing of the teapot.

Read the story in the Fresno Bee by clicking here.

Image:  Annette Corcoran, Paradise Flycatcher and Malachite King Fisher, ceramic (Photos by Patrick Tregenza)


Norman Rockwell was made possible by generous support from Ralph and Elaine Lynn and the President's Exhibition Fund, with thanks to Kaye Bonner Cummings, David and Sloan Johnson, Karen Morais, and Joe Sciarrone, as well as many others.

Best Seat in the House and Rock On... was organized in partnership with FAM by the Chris Winfield Gallery

Additional support for the summer exhibitions was provided by the Women's Auxilary of the Fresno Art Museum. 

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