Upcoming Exhibitions

Summer/Fall 2020
General exhibition support from The McClatchy Fresno Arts Endowment of The James B. McClatchy Foundation, The Eaton and Gibson Family Fund of Central Valley Community Foundation, A Friend of the Museum, Christy V. Hicks, Elaine Lynn, Anita M. Shanahan, and David & MaryAnne Esajian. 

Due to the unknown status of the COVID-19 pandemic, this schedule may be subject to change.


Bonnie Peterson: Another Glorious Sierra Day

Through January 10, 2021


Another Glorious Sierra Day is an exhibition of narrative art about geography and science in the Sierra Nevada. Artist Bonnie Peterson mixes embroidery with a variety of source materials such as scientific data and early explorers’ journals. Wilderness experiences inform her work. Peterson grew up in the Midwest but has been backpacking in the Sierras since the 1980s. In 1997, she participated in an artist residency at Yosemite. Her selection of textiles and maps integrate the geographic features of the Sierras with 19th and 20th-century exploration and contemporary wildness encounters. Using rich fabrics and intricate stitching, her work provides a unique opportunity to create interest in further research on the Sierra environment and geography.

Curator: FAM Curator, Sarah Vargas

Image: Valley of Domes, Embroidery and heat transfers on satin, velvet and brocade, stitched, 43" H x 45" W.

Here She Stands: Women Artists from the Permanent Collection

Through January 10, 2021


The year 2020 is a significant year in women’s history as it marks the centennial of women’s suffrage in the United States. As an homage to the audacity and perseverance of early American women, the Fresno Art Museum presents the exhibition Here She Stands: Women Artists from the Permanent Collection. This exhibition highlights a selection of the phenomenal and groundbreaking work by women artists that the Fresno Art Museum holds in its permanent collection. Throughout history, women artists have been overlooked and excluded from the narrative. In 1971, art historian Linda Nochlin wrote an article for ARTnews titled “Why Have There Been No Great Woman Artists?” Her argument wasn’t that there were no talented women artists but that systematic social, cultural, and political barriers prevented many women from participating and succeeding in the art world. In the forty-nine years since that article was published, much discourse has been produced on the subject, yet the art world still has much further to go. The Fresno Art Museum has long been dedicated to the promotion of women artists. The first work by a woman artist in the Museum’s permanent collection was Jean Ray Laury’s Tiger Garden (1962), acquired in 1963 just after the Museum first began building its permanent collection. Judy Chicago brought attention to women artists when she launched the first feminist art program at California State University, Fresno in 1970. The Fresno Art Museum was the first museum in the United States to devote a full year of exhibitions (1986-87) exclusively to women artists, and this launched the annual Council of 100 Distinguished Woman Artist award and exhibition program that continues to this day. The works selected for this exhibition reflect the diversity, depth, and creative vision of the many women who are represented in the Museum’s permanent collection. Some of these artists are world-renowned; some are best known in the local community. The works were selected with an emphasis on pieces that have not been frequently exhibited. The selected artists include such names as Helen Lundeberg, Claire Falkenstein, Isobel Sanford, Amy Kasai, Jean Ray Laury, June Wayne, and Marguerite Stix.

Curated by FAM Curator Sarah Vargas

Image: Helen Lundeberg, Nocturne, 1958, FAM88.112 Fresno Art Museum Purchase © The Feitlson/Lundeberg Art Foundation


Extended Exhibitions from Previous Seasons



January 25, 2020 to January 10, 2021 (Extended!)

There is a particular challenge to organizing a group exhibition for three stellar artists who are also related: in this case, a father, a mother, and their son, respectively Richard Amend, Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, and Wyatt Amend. 

This exhibition is organized to highlight each individual artist rather than to focus on their similarities and familial influences on each other. However, it is apparent that they have inevitably been aware of each other’s work over the years as they all three work and live under the same roof that they call “The Amend Arts Compound.”

I chose to curate this intimate group show for the Moradian Gallery as a visual contrast to the 70-period oil paintings that filled the Museum in the traveling exhibition Gifted: Collecting the Art of California at Gardena High School, 1919–1956 which closed in June 2020. Richard Amend’s giant black and white drawings alongside the two-dimensional studio glass by Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend as well as the sculptural ceramics by Wyatt Amend provide a variety of mediums, surfaces, and constructions that are a visual counterpoint to the oils on canvas in the Gifted exhibition.

Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend is a studio glass artist who has never blown glass. She explains, “I’m more about imagery and idea on the material.” Over the last decade, her work has primarily consisted of painting with vitreous enamels on transparent glass sheets. Susan’s works are in the permanent collections of LACMA, the Detroit Institute of the Arts, the Oakland Museum of California, and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. In 1998, she was included in the California Glass Today group exhibition here at FAM.

Richard Amend is a painter and an equally capable drawer. His compelling black and white oversized drawings of peopled and unpeopled landscapes can be realistic or abstracted. A career in the film industry allowed him to travel widely, photographing sites for various cinematic projects. His paintings and drawings are begun from many of these photographs producing arresting and mysterious panoramic views of life. He has exhibited his work throughout California and abroad.

Wyatt Amend is a master ceramicist. Only in his thirties, his vessels and Propulsion Drones exemplify his finesse at the wheel and his command of clay and glazing compounds. Wyatt has developed new techniques to make his functional objects look like glass. His interdisciplinary process involves the use of a wheel, a lathe, and carving and grinding techniques typically used by woodworkers and cold glass artists. Although widely collected, this is his first museum exhibition.

Exhibition Curator: Michele Ellis Pracy, FAM Executive Director & Chief Curator

Images (L to R): Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, HandMade 2016, Painting on glass with vitreous enamels, 36” x 24”, Courtesy of the Artist; Richard Amend, Woman at The Coronation, 2016, Chalk on paper, 54" x 72", Courtesy of the Artist; Wyatt Amend, Graduated Goblets, 2016, Clay with glaze reminiscent of glass, and wood, Courtesy of the Artist

From the Permanent Collection...

January 25, 2020 to January 10, 2021 (Extended!)

Born in Greenwich, Connecticut in 1932, Jack Coughlin studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and at The Arts Students League of New York. A printmaker, draughtsman, painter, and sculptor, Coughlin is best known for his portraits of literary figures. He is celebrated for his combination of traditional and innovative techniques during the resurgence of intaglio, lithographic, and woodcut printing in the 1960s and 1970s.

A member of the National Academy of Design, Coughlin’s works have been exhibited internationally and are in the collections of notable institutions such as New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art. Coughlin is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he taught in the Department of Art for more than 35 years.

The portfolio Impressions of Bohemia was conceived by the artist as a way to feature literary figures and photographers who at one point in their lives resided in the Monterey-Carmel-Big Sur area. The Monterey Peninsula is known as an artists’ haven and since the 19th century has attracted artists of all types who were eager to capture the essence of the dramatic shoreline. The subjects of the etchings are Ansel Adams, Gertrude Atherton, Mary Austin, Robinson Jeffers, Sinclair Lewis, Lincoln Steffens, John Steinbeck, George Sterling, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Edward Weston.

Exhibition Curator: Sarah Vargas, FAM Curator

Images: © Jack Coughlin, Robert Lewis Stevenson (L) and Gertrude Atherton (R), from Impressions of Bohemia series1986, Etching 42/125, Gift of James and Barbara Johnson, FAM94.48.11a

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July 20, 2019 to June 20, 2021 (Extended!)


It has been said that Will Bullas makes art fun! He is a master watercolorist with a sense of humor and wit that is often unexpected. He has award-winning artistic skills, and his creative works are unique and often full of whimsy.


The illustrations in this exhibition are somewhat of a departure from Bullas’ customary adult-centric humorous style full of visual puns and imaginative titles. In keeping with the theme of children’s book illustration art, the works shown are Bullas’ illustrations from an alphabet book written by David Domeniconi called M is for MasterpieceAn Art Alphabet. While the subject matter of the artwork in this exhibition is different than his usual fare, it shows off the creative talent of this artist through his unusual compositions that illustrate single art-related words or artist names from A to Z. The sophistication and detailed compositions should capture the attention of both young and old.


Exhibition Curator:  Susan Yost Filgate, FAM Education Director


Image: Will Bullas, D is for Drawing, Watercolor on Crescent 100# illustration board, 13" x 18", M is for Museum, Watercolor on Crescent 100# illustration board, 13" x 18" (Both from the book M is for Masterpiece.)


Exhibition funded in part by the Bonner Family Foundation and The Foundation @FCOE


 The upcoming exhibition season is made possible by a generous grant from


The McClatchy Fresno Arts Endowment 
The James B. McClatchy Foundation 

General exhibition support from The Eaton and Gibson Family Fund of Central Valley Community Foundation, A Friend of the Museum, Christy V. Hicks, Elaine Lynn, Anita M. Shanahan, and David & MaryAnne Esajian. 


Winter/Spring 2021
February 6 to June 20, 2021

Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition


February 5 to June 20, 2021

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.

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

Art Dyson: Architecture (working title)
February 5 to June 20, 2021

The Magic and Flair of Mary Blair
February 5 to June 20, 2021

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Mary Blair (1911-1978) is known to Disney fans worldwide as one of Walt Disney’s favorite artists. A designer, illustrator, and colorist, Blair’s concepts set the tone for such iconic animated films as Dumbo (1941), The Three Caballeros (1945), So Dear to My Heart (1948), Cinderella (1950), Alice in Wonderland (1951), and Peter Pan (1953) among others. Though Blair initially joined Disney reluctantly (she considered herself foremost a painter), she would rise to become the most influential concept artist at the studio during the mid-20th century. The exhibition of 26 works of art includes concept art for her many Disney animation film projects as well as four rare concept pieces Blair created in the development of the attraction It’s a Small World which debuted at the 1964 New York World’s Fair and later moved to Disneyland.

Organized by the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University, with works from the Hilbert Collection

Curated by Mary Platt

From the Permanent Collection...
The Place of Culture: Cranbrook Academy of Art
February 5 to June 20, 2021

Summer/Fall 2021

Kim Abeles: A Survey
Council of 100 Distinguished Woman Artist for 2021
July 11, 2021 to January 9, 2022


The Fresno Art Museum celebrates its Council of 100's 2021 Honoree, Kim Abeles, with a solo exhibition heralding her work as an interdisciplinary artist known for her feminist subject matter, and her community-based projects that explore biography, geography, and the environment. Abeles has exhibited in 22 countries and has received a number of significant awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Her works are in the permanent collections of MOCA, LACMA, and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, among others. Abeles is the 33rd consecutive female American artist to receive the Distinguished Woman Artist award by the Council of 100 at the Fresno Art Museum.

Image: Kim Abeles, Sweet Dreams, Video Wall, 2006, Multiple videos embedded in wall created with hand-drawn/digital prints; welded steel and chiffon baby furniture; ancillary artworks, including video embedded in chiffon pillow, 12' x 25' x 16', originally commissioned by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts 

Art of the Word: Celebrating Differences
Illustrations by Rafael López
Based on the book Just Ask! by Sonia Sotomayor 

July 11, 2021 to June 26, 2022


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The children’s book Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You teaches empathy through the illustrations of Rafael López. They help to tell the story by United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor who bases the narrative on her own personal history of being different as a child, having been diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at age seven.

Rafael López’ vibrant illustrations celebrate the different abilities that each of us uniquely possess and how people working together can accomplish amazing things through each one’s unique contributions. The child-friendly illustrations enhance the special qualities of people’s disabilities that are often-ignored topics. Sotomayor’s personal story and López’ delightful illustrations remind and encourage each of us to not make judgments about someone’s behavior or the way they look until we understand the whole story. They encourage us to “Just ask!

The artwork displayed was created by combining traditional pencil drawing, watercolor, and acrylic with digital manipulation. While the Fresno Art Museum does not typically display giclée reproductions (with the exception of photographs), we are finding that many of today’s illustrators use a combination of traditional painting and drawing techniques and a computer to create their finished images. In order to share these works with the public, we had the artist supply us with digital prints to recreate the original image in the book. Along with those digital prints, the exhibition includes some of López’ original hand-painted and drawn elements that contributed to the final artworks.

Rafael López is an internationally recognized illustrator and artist whose work brings diverse characters to children’s books. 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, he was immersed in the rich visual heritage, music, and surrealism of his native culture which reflects in his illustrations. He is a two-time #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator for Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You written by Sonia Sotomayor and The Day You Begin written by Jacqueline Woodson. He has two Pura Belpre Medals as the award-winning illustrator of Drum Dream Girl and Book Fiesta!; and the three-time Pura Belpre Honor award-winning illustrator of Tito Puente: Mambo King; The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred; and My Name Is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz.

In addition, López is a founder of the Urban Art Trail movement in San Diego’s East Village. His murals can be found in urban areas, at children’s hospitals, in public schools, under freeways and at farmer’s 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.

These days, López 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.

Exhibition Curator, Susan Yost Filgate, Fresno Art Museum Education Director

Image: Rafael Lopez, book cover for Just Ask!

Exhibition funded in part by the Bonner Family Foundation and The Foundation @FCOE

Winter/Spring 2022
February 4 to June 26, 2022

Andy Warhol: A Life in Pop

Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987) was one of the central figures of the Pop Art movement and one of the most recognizable artists of the second half of the twentieth century. Warhol acquired fame through his work in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, filmmaking, and publishing, but printmaking was always a central part of his art and his way of viewing the world. Through prints, Warhol explored the aesthetics and mechanics of mass-produced images and popular culture.

This exhibition includes portfolios and individual prints by Warhol, starting with iconic works from the mid-1960s to the series of monoprints Vesuvius, created in 1985. These prints demonstrate many aspects of Warhol’s art, including his brilliance as a colorist, which can be seen in the early Flowers and Sunset series. In later series, Warhol experimented with the silkscreen printing process to create complex surface layers. Warhol was a master at identifying the defining cultural images of his time. 


This exhibition has been loaned through the Bank of America Art in our Communities program. 

Ansel Adams: 120 Years


Summer/Fall 2022

Nathan Oliveira:  Rare Works from the Private Collections of His Children
July 30, 2022 to January 8, 2023

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Exhibition Curator: Michele Ellis Pracy, FAM Executive Director & Chief Curator

Images (L to R): Nathan Oliveira, The Magnificent, The Absurd, 1969, Oil on canvas, 78” x 55.78”, Collection of Lisa Oliveira Lamoure; and Nathan Oliveira with his watercolors of Santa Fe Nudes







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