Upcoming Exhibitions

Summer/Fall 2021
Due to the unknown status of the COVID-19 pandemic, this schedule may be subject to change.

Kim Abeles: A Survey
Council of 100 Distinguished Woman Artist for 2021
July 31, 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 

Bruce Beasley: A New Direction, Collages and Sculpture
July 31, 2021 to January 9, 2022

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Internationally known, Oakland, California-based sculptor Bruce Beasley expresses new directions in his work with this solo exhibition. His monumental bronze, Breakout III, has graced the exterior of this museum since June 2000 when it was gifted to FAM’s permanent collection.

It is an honor to expand our appreciation of Beasley’s 60-year career with this exhibition. Selected works include a series of large-scale collages created in 2018 using virtual reality. A new direction for the artist, he places his gestures on a computer in a limitless virtual space, captures the imagery, and then prints these monumental gestures onto canvas. He then cuts them up into fragments and reassembles them using the collage technique.

Juxtaposed with the monumental, two-dimensional, black-and-white collages are new sculptures that mirror the gestural qualities of the wall pieces. They have never been seen before, nor in relation to the collages.

A catalog accompanies the exhibition.

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

Image: The artist pictured with one of his collage works.

Art of the Word: Celebrating Differences
Illustrations by Rafael López
Based on the book Just Ask! by Sonia Sotomayor 
July 31, 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 possesses 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

Mexican Folk Art and Printmaking from the Permanent Collection 
(working title)
July 31, 2021 to January 9, 2022


Image: Heron Martinez, Candelero - Goatpediment, n.d., Painted ceramic, Purchase through the Harnish Memorial Funds and Ikebana International, Fresno Chapter, FAM72.1273

Exhibition Curator: Sarah Vargas, FAM Curator 

Delicious: The Art of Food from the Permanent Collection 
July 31, 2021 to January 9, 2022


Image: Roger Bruinekool, Big Cheese, 1966, Acrylic on canvas, Herman Thereoff Purchase Award, FAM66.295

Curator: Sarah Vargas, FAM Curator