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Fort Wayne Museum of Art

  • Address: 311 East Main Street Fort Wayne, IN 46802
  • Phone: (260) 422-6467
  • Fax: (260) 422-1374
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American Art Museum offers diverse exhibitions of contemporary and historical art. Activities include tours, lectures, workshops and parties. The Paradigm Gallery has fine art and craft for sale and the Early Learning Center offers hands-on fun for youngsters. 

 

Open Tue-Sat 10am-6pm; Thur 10am-8pm; Sun Noon-5pm. Closed Holidays. 

 

Admission:

  • $8 Adults/ $6 Students (K-College) and Seniors/ $20 Families
  • Free admission Thursdays 5-8 pm
  • $3 with EBT card and valid ID

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  • 2019-03-09 2019-05-12 Charcoal Testament: Drawings by Joel Daniel Phillips <h2>Charcoal Testament: Drawings by Joel Daniel Phillips</h2> <h2>March 9 - May 12, 2019</h2> <p>“<em>The only way to truly understand something is to draw it.</em>”&#8211;Charles-Édouard Jeanneret (Le Corbusier)</p> <p>“This is the center of my work—an attempt to sincerely grasp what I see around me through the tip of a pencil and a piece of charcoal. At its root, the act of drawing necessitates a concentrated study of not only the physical attributes of the subject, but the emotional as well. We live in a world that consumes images at an exponentially increasing rate. Smartphones, social media and the internet have made the creation and the consumption of images not just commonplace, but unavoidable, and with this ever-growing consumption comes a numbness to the complex reality of the images we gorge ourselves upon.</p> <p>My process is inherently about labor, and against the modern backdrop of instant, image-driven gratification, I have found the physical process involved in the painstaking, craft-driven and anachronistic rendering of a subject or a moment to be ever more important. The rigorous, meditative labor of observation through draughtsmanship is a means to an end. This end being, for me, a deeper and richer understanding of the world around me and the complexity of its histories.”</p> <p>-Joel Daniel Phillips</p> <p> </p> <p>Joel Daniel Phillips is an American artist whose work focuses on the tenets of classical draftsmanship employed in monumental formats. Inspired by the depth and breadth of human experience, he strives to tell the personal and societal histories etched in the faces of those around him. Through the tip of his pencil, the artist seeks to find moments where our projected senses of self are transparent, allowing deeper, more truthful emotions to become visible.</p> <p><strong>April 4, 12:15pm: Curator's Tour</strong><br /><span>Chief Curator Charles Shepard will lead you on a lively and engaging tour of this exhibition. Free with museum admission.</span></p> 311 East Main Street Fort Wayne, IN America/Indiana/Winamac
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  • 2019-03-02 2019-04-21 Leni Sinclair: An Era of Photographic Journalism <p>Leni Sinclair: An Era of Photographic Journalism<br />March 2 - April 21, 2019</p> <p>Leni Sinclair was born in Königsberg, Germany in 1940, under Hitler’s reign of terror. After the war and many hardships, her family was relocated to the small farming village of Vahldorf in Soviet controlled East Germany, where opportunities were limited. When she was twelve years old Leni would listen and dream to forbidden Western music from a prized radio she won by killing the most potato bugs in the village. ”I used to sit up in our attic surrounded by thick dusty volumes of Lenin’s writing and Soviet propaganda and press my ear to the speaker,” said Leni. “I couldn’t get enough of Chuck Berry and Harry Belafonte.” Leni made her escape to the land of rock ‘n roll in 1959 with help from relatives in Detroit. “The Berlin Wall hadn’t been built yet,” said Leni, “so all I had to do was take the subway, get off in the Western sector of Berlin, and turn myself in at the refugee camp, which was the best way to get papers to come to America.”</p> <p>She took a camera to America in order to stay in touch with her family and send back photos of her new home. Leni’s first job was cleaning houses in the suburbs of Detroit but she always drifted to the University area. “I wanted so badly to be a beatnik and meet others so I walked around with a copy of Ginsberg’s Howl, until I met some beats. We would hang out at the Village club to hear folk music and also the Cup of Socrates coffee house. In 1963, a group of us started the Red Door Gallery, a co-op of avant-garde art.” The Red Door gallery became a model for the Artists’ Workshop Society, another arts collective which formed the following year.</p> <p>Leni often speaks of herself as a participant observer, a term used in cultural anthropology as someone documenting observations, or doing research while actively working within the population under study. She was a propagandist of ‘Rainbow Nation’ and her photographs are some of the essential records of this mythic time. Leni’s story is a unique journey, from the repression of Nazism and Communism to participating in some of the defining moments of the turbulent ‘60s.</p> <p><strong>April 4, 12:15pm: Curator's Tour</strong><br /><span>Chief Curator Charles Shepard will lead you on a lively and engaging tour of this exhibition. Free with museum admission.</span></p> 311 East Main Street Fort Wayne, IN America/Indiana/Winamac
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  • 2019-02-16 2019-04-28 Lingering Spirit: Photographs of a Changing Indiana by John Bower <h2>Lingering Spirit: Photographs of a Changing Indiana by John Bower</h2> <h2>February 16 - April 28, 2019</h2> <p><em>Due to our use of the exhibition galleries for a major special event, this exhibition will be closed from February 25-March 1. </em></p> <p>John Bower’s photography captures the soul of Indiana’s forgotten past in <em>Lingering Spirit</em>. As a photographer, Bower is motivated by the excitement in rediscovering what has been ignored or cast aside. To him, the abandoned houses and rusting automobiles populating the state’s countryside display not only Indiana’s unique heritage, but still retain the energy of their former owners. By employing the inherent drama of black and white photography, Bower is able to capture the essence of his subjects. His main goal is to preserve the richness that surrounds Hoosiers, yet often goes unnoticed.</p> <p><strong>April 24, 6:30pm: Lecture with John Bower<br /></strong>Join us to hear from Bower himself as he explains the inspiration for his work. Bower is an Indiana Artisan and the latest artist to join the FWMoA Special Collections and Archives Program. Free with museum admission.</p> 311 East Main Street Fort Wayne, IN America/Indiana/Winamac
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  • 2019-04-20 2019-08-04 The Ideal Sketching Ground: Prints by the Artists of Brown County <h2>The Ideal Sketching Ground: Prints by the Artists of Brown County</h2> <h2>April 20-August 4, 2019</h2> <p>In 1905, the Illinois Central Railroad connected Indianapolis with northeastern Brown County, Indiana.  Not long after, numerous artists—particularly landscape painters—began making the journey from Indianapolis and Chicago to the small town of Nashville, where they discovered camaraderie with fellow artists and an unspoiled, picturesque place for inspiration.  Painter Adolph Shulz described the area as “the ideal sketching ground” with its rolling hills, creek beds, rustic cabins, and opalescent haze.  From 1890 to 1910, artists were forming their own schools and communities across the country, like Cape Ann, Laguna Beach, Taos, and Woodstock.  Brown County emerged as the best known artist colony in the Midwest and continues to attract artists today.</p> <p> </p> <p>Many Brown County artists were highly skilled printmakers, representing some of Indiana’s earliest examples in the graphic arts.  Gustave Baumann and L.O. Griffith were highly prolific and created complex, innovative works in woodcut and etching, respectively.  Several of the artists were founding members of etching societies and received honors and recognition in national exhibitions for these works.  This exhibition brings together the significant number of artists working in etching and woodcut in Brown County, including Gustave Baumann, Charles Dahlgreen, Homer Davisson, L.O. Griffith, Evelynne and George Jo Mess, Frederick Polley, Kenneth Reeve, and Will Vawter, among others drawn from area collections.</p> 311 East Main Street Fort Wayne, IN America/Indiana/Winamac
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  • 2019-04-24 2019-04-24 Artist Lecture: John Bower <h2><strong style="font-size: 11pt;">April 24, 6:30pm: Lecture with John Bower</strong></h2> <p>Join us to hear from Bower himself as he explains the inspiration for his work. Bower is an Indiana Artisan and the latest artist to join the FWMoA Special Collections and Archives Program. Free with museum admission.</p> 311 East Main Street Fort Wayne, IN America/Indiana/Winamac
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  • 2019-04-25 17:00:00 2019-04-25 18:30:00 Art Club <p>The FWMoA Art Club is a group of teens who want to think bigger and bolder through their ideas about art and creativity by being part of a community of highly talented and motivated teens from across our region. <br /><br />The Art Club uses Group Dynamics, which allows the students to share their deep interest for the arts with like minds, use each other as a resource for brainstorming ways to improve their work, and it also raises the expectation of every student's capabilities. The Fort Wayne Museum of Art leads the group by exposing students to contemporary art, presenting sketchbook assignments, and giving students feedback on their work, all of which has greatly increased Art Club members' success with not only the National Scholastic program, but also in garnering college scholarships. <br /><br />The Art Club is open to any teen Middle or High School student interested in the visual arts. The Club meets monthly while school is in session.<br /><br />This is a free resource for students to enjoy.</p> 311 East Main Street Fort Wayne, IN America/Indiana/Winamac
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  • 2019-04-27 2019-08-04 Dox Thrash: The Hopeful Gaze <h2>Dox Thrash: The Hopeful Gaze</h2> <h2>April 27 - August 4, 2019</h2> <p><span>Dox Thrash (1893&#8211;1965) was an African-American artist who was famed as a skilled draftsman, printmaker, and painter of African American life and as the co-inventor of the Carborundum printmaking process.</span></p> <p>The artist spent much of his career living and working in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In much of his work, Thrash portrays black families <span>transitioning from the South to the North during the Great Migration, making a hopeful, daring leap to attempt to be equal members of the society that has historically oppressed them. Their hopeful gazes convey the optimism of the scores of African Americans who left the countryside to pursue better job opportunities, health care, and education in </span><span>urban centers.</span></p> 311 East Main Street Fort Wayne, IN America/Indiana/Winamac
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  • 2016-01-07 2019-08-04 1st Thursday Curator's Tour <p>President &amp; CEO and Chief Curator Charles Shepard will take you on a new gallery tour each month. From his specialized and personal point of view, Shepard offers a unique perspective as the visionary for all exhibitions at FWMoA.</p> <div> <p>$8.00 &#8211; adults $6.00 &#8211; students and seniors $20.00 &#8211; families Free for all after 5pm on Thursdays<br />Special admission guests who provide an EBT card and a valid ID can enter the museum for $3 per person.</p> <div> </div> </div> 311 East Main Street Fort Wayne, IN America/Indiana/Winamac
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  • Yoga @ FWMoA

    Fort Wayne Museum of Art

    Recurring monthly on the 2nd Thursday until September 12, 2019

    2019-03-14 18:00:00 2019-09-12 19:30:00 Yoga @ FWMoA <p>Experience the beauty of art and the tranquility of yoga at FWMoA! Classes will be on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the FWMoA Auditorium. Participants must bring their own mats, blocks, straps, blankets or other supplies if they use these items in their practice. Please note, you will be asked to sign a health waiver to participate in Yoga @ FWMoA.</p> 311 East Main Street Fort Wayne, IN America/Indiana/Winamac
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  • FWMOA Bilingual Tours (in Spanish)

    Fort Wayne Museum of Art

    February 21, 2019 - August 15, 2019 (Select Dates)

    2019-02-21 18:30:00 2019-08-15 19:30:00 FWMOA Bilingual Tours (in Spanish) <p>Launched last year, FWMoA partnered with the Fort Wayne-based Language Services Network to offer bilingual tours of our current exhibits! The tours are free and no RSVP is required. However, if you have questions, please contact the Language Services Network at 260.426.6764.<br /><br />This tour will be in Spanish and English.</p> 311 East Main Street Fort Wayne, IN America/Indiana/Winamac
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