Upcoming Exhibitions

Click here to see the exhibitions opening on July 14, 2018 as part of our Summer/Fall 2018 Exhibition Season

Rollin Pickford: California Light
October 25,
2018 through January 6, 2019


Originally organized for the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust River Center Art Gallery in the spring of 2018, this exhibition includes rarely seen watercolors by Mr. Pickford from the personal collection of his son Joel who lives in the family home in Fresno’s Old Fig Garden District.

The images chosen are landscapes depicting the natural beauty of the San Joaquin Valley. They relate directly to the land that is intrinsic to our geographic region and express the love that Rollin Pickford had for this area and his superb ability to capture our California light. The exhibition is the perfect marriage of subject matter with artistic sensitivity.

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

Winter/Spring 2019
February 2 to June 23, 2019 

Rethinking Fire

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Wildfires are a part of life for those who live in the west. Every year huge portions of land go up in flames, threatening homes, businesses, and wildlife. In 2014, artist Bryan David Griffith’s home and studio were threatened by the Slide Fire. That experience has led to an intense study of wildfires, resulting in the exhibition Rethinking Fire. Griffith uses fire as his primary medium, along with wood, beeswax, and other natural materials to create paintings, sculptures, and installations. His work explores the complex nature of catastrophic wildfires and the competing elements of the human and natural world.

Images above: Artist at work burning sculpture and The Impermanence of Forests, 2017, Burned photograph printed on silk from film, charcoal from depicted fire site, Courtesy of the Artist.

Curated by Bryan David Griffith in cooperation with FAM Curatorial Staff

Gary Geiger: On the Road Again


In 1982, along with two fellow graduates of the Brooks Institute of Photography, Gary Geiger traveled to Virginia City, Nevada for a photography workshop. While there, the three friends were nicknamed “the Brooks Brothers” by their fellow workshop attendees. For the last 36 years, these three friends have come together once a year for a trip that they document through photography. These trips have taken them to locations all across the world—Mexico, Cuba, Indonesia, China, Morocco, Cambodia, and Vietnam to name a few. During these trips, Geiger and his friends interact with locals who share with them the stories of their cultures, religions, families, and history. This exhibition provides a small look at the adventures of the Brooks Brothers and the inspiring people and places they discover along the way, captured through the lens of Gary Geiger.

Exhibition Curator:  Sarah Vargas, FAM Associate Curator 

Image: Gary Geiger, Mezcal, 2014, Archival pigment print, Courtesy of the Artist

BIG: Oversized Works from the Permanent Collection


The Permanent Collection of the Fresno Art Museum was established during the early 1960s when the institution was known as the Fresno Art Center. In the ensuing fifty-eight years, the Permanent Collection has grown to house over 3,600 works of art in the primary collecting areas of modern and contemporary art in all mediums.

In recent years, the Museum has included selections from the Permanent Collection each exhibition season in order to share with our visitors the art we hold in trust for the public.

With these particular choices from the Permanent Collection entitled BIG, the curator has culled from the storage vaults oversized works never before grouped together as an exhibition. 

Michele Ellis Pracy, Chief Curator of the Fresno Art Museum and curator of this exhibition, combines large-format works by nationally and internationally renowned artists, Charles Arnoldi, Claire Falkenstein, Charles Gaines, Victor Vasarely, Oliver Jackson, Ann Weber, among others. Also included are oversized works by local artists now deceased: August Madrigal, Clement Renzi, and Patricia Kirkegaard, among others. BIG will be exhibited in the Lobby, Concourse, and Administration Lobby Galleries.

An Art in Bloom special event involving local florists inspired by the BIG artworks will be held mid-exhibition from May 8th through 11th celebrating the Mother’s Day weekend.

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

Image: Clement Renzi, Problem Solving, 1987, Terra Cotta, 77” x 27” x 24”, Gift of Judith and Donald Peracchi, FAM2016.14.1

Coiled and Twined: California Native American Basketry from the Permanent Collection 


The Native American groups of California are renowned for their basket making. The Fresno Art Museum is fortunate to have within its Permanent Collection a selection of exquisite baskets from the Yokut, Mono (Monache), and Miwok tribes of Central California. Many of these baskets date from the early decades of the 20th century when baskets transitioned from necessary items to objects desired by tourists and art collectors.

Basket making is a tradition that extends back in this region for thousands of years and is a skill passed down through the generations that connects the past and the present. Initially created as utilitarian tools—burden baskets to transport things, cradleboards to carry young children, baskets for cooking, storage, or ceremonial purposes—baskets have evolved into a way of preserving cultural history and a means for cultivating community solidarity. Basketry is labor intensive work, requiring not only the skill of weaving but also the knowledge of the plants and materials necessary for the creation. It is a living art form, using natural materials and imbued with cultural significance beyond the aesthetic. The baskets in this exhibition are by noted local basket makers including Minnie Hancock, Sally Edd, Burtha Goode, and Lucinda Hancock.

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

Image: Minnie Hancock (Yokut), Gift Basket with Washo design, circa 1940 Sedge, redbud, and braken fern on a grass bundle foundation, 4 3/4" x 4" x 7", Gift of Mr. and Mrs. W. Clarence Harris, FAM91.80

Summer/Fall 2019
July 20, 2019 to January 5, 2020

Nick Potter: New Paintings (working title)

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

Council of 100 Distinguished Woman Artist for 2019: Heather Wilcoxon


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

Carmen Hoyos: Plexiglas as Medium


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

Catie O'Leary: Collages (working title)


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 

Winter/Spring 2020

January 25, 2020 to June 28, 2020

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


Summer/Fall 2020

July 25, 2020 to January 10, 2021

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


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

Winter/Spring 2021

January to June 2021 

Maurice Sendak: Fifty Years, Fifty Works, Fifty Reasons


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

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.

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