Upcoming Exhibitions

Summer/Fall 2019

July 20, 2019 to January 5, 2020

Nick Potter: Constructed Utopias


July 20, 2019 to January 5, 2020

Fresno-based artist, Nick Potter, features new paintings created in 2018 and 2019 in this solo exhibition entitled Constructed Utopias. Potter was born and raised in London, England then moved to the United States in 1999. He is currently a Professor at California State University, Fresno.

Constructed Utopias is the artist’s first one-person exhibition at the Fresno Art Museum. Potter is recognized for his supra-realistic depictions of spare interior spaces, mid-century modern furnishings, compositions of vintage social scenes, and isolated architectural monoliths in surreal settings.

The new paintings will be seen for the first time (except for perhaps two) in the Museum’s Hallowell Gallery. They are oils on canvas; they are large format; they emote a time gone by; they tell us familiar stories while encouraging us to make up our own narratives.

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

Image:  Nick Potter, The Promise of the Dream, 2018, Oil on canvas, 4' x 5'

Heather Wilcoxon: Selected Works 1995-2019
Council of 100 Distinguished Woman Artist for 2019


July 20, 2019 to January 5, 2020

Sausalito, California-based painter, Heather Wilcoxon, is the Council of 100’s honoree for 2019 making her the thirty-first consecutive woman artist bestowed this award by the Fresno Art Museum. Wilcoxon has B.A. and M.F.A. degrees from the San Francisco Art Institute and is represented by the Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco. She is widely exhibited and has works in the permanent collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Triton Museum of Art, the Rene Di Rosa Preserve, and the Maine College of Art, among others.

Recent paintings include a focus on boats at sea; immense canvases where broken hulls and powerful silhouettes emerge off the canvas almost at our feet. Wilcoxon’s exhibition includes paintings, monoprints, and ceramics completed in the last few years, as well as several early paintings from the mid-1990s.

Her artist’s statement reads:

I challenge myself.
I take risks.
I am not afraid of change.
I fail a lot.
And I have learned to recognize that time, patience, and thought are part of my process.

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

Image: Heather Wilcoxon, Spill, 2016, 48” x 60”

Carmen Hoyos: The Path


July 20, 2019 to January 5, 2020

Painter, sculptor, and land art/installation artist, Carmen Hoyos, was born in Bogota, Colombia and has lived, worked, and exhibited in Paris, Madrid, and Brussels over the course of her artistic life. She now resides in Fresno, establishing her home and studio here.

Hoyos’ medium is plastic: hard (Plexiglas) or malleable (cellophane) which she carves, folds, paints, layers, wraps, or suspends. Her exhibitions can be gallery-confined or environmental site-specific momentary installations.

Happily, the Fresno Art Museum exhibition combines both of the artist’s approaches. In the Lobby Gallery will be installed wall-based works on Plexiglas she has kept in her personal collection.

The Concourse and Administration Lobbies will house new site-specific cellophane and Plexiglas works created especially for the Fresno Art Museum spaces.

The Sculpture Garden will have an installation of a field of red plastic flowers.

“What matters to me is that my constructions become imprints on memory and nourish our imagination to become the personal breeding ground for future actions. Nature feeds my work.”

Exhibition Curators: Michele Ellis Pracy, FAM Executive Director & Chief Curator and Sarah Vargas, FAM Associate Curator

Image: Carmen Hoyos, Avril, Acrylic paint and Plexiglas, Courtesy of the Artist

Catie O'LearyA Natural History of Collage


July 20, 2019 to January 5, 2020

California native Catie O’Leary works in collage. Collage techniques have been around for thousands of years, but Cubist artists Braque and Picasso are often attributed with coining the word in the early twentieth century from the French coller, meaning “to glue.” The art movements of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism embraced collage, establishing it as an integral part of modern art. It has continued to be a prominent aspect of contemporary art. O’Leary was influenced by the work of Jess Collins (known simply as Jess) whose collages inspired her to abandon all other forms of art and dedicate herself to collage. She takes original engravings from antique books and creates intricate and whimsical landscapes woven together by layering meticulously cut out pieces of paper. Her work blends the contemporary and the classical, weaving together traditional imagery in an inventive and innovative manner to examine the relationship between the natural and human worlds.

Exhibition Curator: Sarah Vargas, FAM Associate Curator

Image: Catie O'Leary, Untitled (Tower II), 2014, Paper collage, 12" x 8 3/4", Courtesy of the Artist 

Will Bullas: M is for Masterpiece
 July 20, 2019 to June 28, 2020


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 subject of this exhibition is somewhat of a departure from Bullas’ usual humorous style full of visual puns and imaginative titles. Keeping with the theme of children’s book illustration art, the works shown are his illustrations from an alphabet book called M is for Masterpiece written by David Domeniconi that is subtitled An Art Alphabet. While the subject matter of the artwork is more subtle then Bullas’ 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.

Will Bullas was born in Ohio and grew up in the southwestern United States. While studying fine and dramatic arts at the Arizona State University, he was drafted and sent off to Viet Nam. When he returned, he finished his degree in oil painting at the Brooks Institute of Fine Arts in Santa Barbara. For a number of years, he has only worked as a professional artist and illustrator and currently resides with his wife in Carmel, California.

Exhibition Curator:  Susan Yost Filgate, FAM Education Director

Image: Will Bullas, M is for Masterpiece, Watercolor on Crescent 100# illustration board, 13" x 18"

Exhibition funded in part by the Bonner Family Foundation

Winter/Spring 2020

January 25, 2020 to June 28, 2020

Gifted:  Collecting the Art of California at Gardena High School, 1919-1956


January 25, 2020 to June 28, 2020
The Fresno Art Museum is pleased to host this traveling exhibition of early twentieth century American Art, entitled Gifted: Collecting the Art of California at Gardena High School, 1919 – 1956. Approximately 70 oil paintings will nearly fill the entire Museum.
The exhibition contains works by key early twentieth century California artists in figurative, landscape, and genre traditions. The collection contains works by Maynard Dixon, Elmer Bischoff, Edgar Payne, Agnes Pelton, Marion Wachtel, among many others.
The 70 works of art were selected, purchased, and donated to Gardena High School in Gardena by its student body between 1919 and 1956. The Students’ choices show a high level of sophistication due to the level of discourse and collaboration encouraged at the school and in the City. The story of how arts engagement can promote civic participation to strengthen the community is woven throughout the history of the collection.

When Gardena High School moved to a new campus in 1956, the collecting program ended. It has been locked away until this traveling exhibition was organized in recent years.

Curator, Susan M. Anderson, Former Chief Curator, Laguna Art Museum

Sponsored by The Daniel R. Martin Family Foundation and John and Pam Lamborn, JP Lamborn Company, Fresno
Image: Maynard Dixon, Men of the Red Earth, 1931-32, Oil on canvas,
Courtesy Gardena HS Student Body Class of Summer 1944

Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend: Contemporary Studio Glass


January 25, 2020 to June 28, 2020

Contemporary Studio Glass artist, Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, has a solo exhibition in the Moradian Gallery that will also include a selection of art glass by her contemporaries that are in her personal art glass collection.

Stinsmuehlen-Amend lives and works in Ojai, California. While Director of the Ojai Valley Museum, I included her in two contemporary, art glass group exhibitions over my five years there as Museum Director. She was also exhibited at the Fresno Art Museum in a group show in 1998 entitled The Molten Form: California Glass Today. This is her first solo exhibition at the Fresno Art Museum.

This one-person show will include two and three-dimensional works produced by the artist from 2000 through 2020.  Her manipulation of glass as medium is unique, strong, content-savvy, and beautiful. The additional glass artists from her personal collection will include vessels by Paul Marioni, Dale Chihuly, and William Morris, among others.

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

Image: Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, Common Vessels, Toilette, 2006, Offhand sculpted solid glass and painted pick-ups, Collection of the artist

From the Permanent Collection...
Impressions of Bohemia: Etchings by Jack Coughlin

January 25, 2020 to June 28, 2020

Summer/Fall 2020

July 25, 2020 to January 10, 2021

Nathan Oliveira:  Rare Works from the Private Collections of His Children


July 25, 2020 to January 10, 2021

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

Council of 100 Distinguished Woman Artist for 2020: Kim Abeles

July 25, 2020 to January 10, 2021

Winter/Spring 2021
February 6 to June 27, 2021

Maurice Sendak: Fifty Years, Fifty Works, Fifty Reasons


February 6 to June 27, 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 6 to June 27, 2021

Summer/Fall 2021

Council of 100 Distinguished Woman Artist for 2021: TBA

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-1960's 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





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