by Sarah A. Peterson
As the Fresno Art Museum closes out 2014, it honors both its future and its past.
“We had a double celebration to commemorate both the holidays and our 65th birthday,” says Kristina Hornback, who has been Associate Curator at the Museum for almost three years.
The 65th Anniversary & Holiday Party took place at the Museum Thursday, December 18, featuring music, refreshments, a silent auction, a raffle, and fall exhibition gallery access. (The autumn exhibits opened September 26 and run until January 4, 2015.)
“We’ve got some great exhibits going on right now,” Hornback says, “but we’ve got even more planned for the winter and spring exhibitions.” The upcoming season will debut with an opening reception January 23, 2015.
Fall Exhibitions: September 26, 2014-January 4, 2015Annette Corcoran: Fantastical Forms – Equal parts artist and bird watcher, California-based artist Annette Corcoran uses her inspiration and imagination to bring to life the birds she encounters in nature, and to turn an everyday object like a teapot into much more than just a household mainstay.
Art of the Word – Illustration and text (including poetry and stories) from the Museum’s permanent collection, these works by artists such as Jose Posada, Eric Carle, William Saroyan, and Roald Dahl, were designed to captivate more than 5000 local third graders through the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child initiative.
Gallery 25: 40th Year Anniversary –Originally started as a project in Fresno State’s 1974 Feminist Art Program, Gallery 25 delivers this 40th anniversary showcase, which features the paintings, drawings, and mixed media works of 20 different artists.
Mildred Howard: Collective Memory – This years’ Distinguished Woman Artist exhibition features 35 of California artist Mildred Howard’s mixed media works, which draw upon African-American folk traditions and customs.
Winter/Spring Exhibitions: January 23, 2015-April 26, 2015
1915-2015: Tradition, Legacy, Culture – In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, this exhibition showcases the works of Armenian artists, including John Altoon, Charles Garabedian, Ed Marouk, and William Saroyan. Nine Armenians, a play by Leslie Ayvazian, will be performed in conjunction with this exhibit on April 9-10, 12, and 17-19. (Armenian Culture Day is Saturday, February 21, 2015.)
Leo Politi: Moy Moy – Friends of the Leo Politi Branch Library join the Fresno Art Museum in bringing to life Leo Politi’s classic Moy Moy for a new generation of young readers. The exhibit features original artwork and illustrations for Moy Moy, as well as original autographed copies of the book. This particular exhibition continues through August 30, 2015.
Chinese New Year Celebration – Sunday, February 22, 2015, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Chinese New Year entertainment and activities for children and parents complements the Leo Politi: Moy Moy exhibit.
Matt Black, From Clouds to Dust – 25 black and white photographs by Valley photographer Matt Black chronicles the parallels between the Central Valley’s migrant farm communities and the disintegration of indigenous farming in southern Mexico. This exhibit combines two of Black’s documentary projects, Kingdom of Dust and People of the Clouds.
For more information on these exhibits and others, please visit www.fresnoartmuseum.org.