FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

May 11, 2017
 
MEDIA CONTACT:
MICHELE ELLIS PRACY
Executive Director & Chief Curator
559.441.4221 x103         Michele@fresnoartmuseum.org
 
 
 
Fresno Art Museum
Opens Summer 2017 Season
of Exhibitions
 
The Fresno Art Museum has five exciting new exhibitions opening to the public on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 11 am. A preview of the new exhibitions will be held on Friday, May 19 starting at 4:30 pm with curator and artist talks in the Bonner Auditorium followed by a reception from 6 to 8 pm. Free to members, $15 for non-members. (No passes accepted for this event.) A no-host bar and hearty appetizers will be available from 6 to 8 pm.
 
The Fresno Art Museum is located at 2233 N. First Street, Fresno, CA 93703, at the corner of First and Yale, just south of Clinton. Museum hours are Thursday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Parking is free of charge. For further information, please contact the Museum at (559) 441-4221 or visit our website at www.fresnoartmuseum.org.

The exhibitions opening include:

Nancy Youdelman
Fashioning a Feminist Vision: 1972-2017
Curator, Michele Ellis Pracy
Vestibule, Fig Garden, and Duncan Galleries
 
Fresno-based artist Nancy Youdelman is acknowledged as an original member of the feminist art movement that began five decades ago at her alma mater, California State University, Fresno, under the tutelage of Judy Chicago. Fashioning a Feminist Vision is a retrospective exhibition of Youdelman's artistic career and encompasses the 45 years between 1972 and 2017. Exhibition Curator Michele Ellis Pracy has selected 56 pieces, divided by decade, to illustrate the development of the artist's oeuvre beginning with her time as an art student in the early 1970s to her current command of her feminist vision as an established artist today.

Exhibition underwritten by:
Drs. Kelli Beingesser and Gail Newel

Redress: New Artwork by Leslie Batty
Curator, Kristina Hornback
Hallowell Gallery
 
In her newest body of work, Leslie Batty considers the subject of American feminine identity within the current political climate, addressing notions of "otherness" and conventional gender roles.  Imagery of sewing and garments act as metaphor for identity, history, and culture in these paintings and collages, which aim to redress our assumptions of what it means to be "We the People."

Exhibition underwritten by:
Drs. Kelli Beingesser and Gail Newel

Maurice Cohen:
Order in Complexity
Curators, Michele Ellis Pracy and Kristina Hornback
Moradian Gallery
 
Maurice Cohen is an internationally known artist who lives in both Fresno and Paris. He has won coveted awards in France for his Expressionist paintings. Dr. Cohen is also Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at California State University, Fresno, Professor of Radiology at the University of California, San Francisco, and a member of the Bioengineering Graduate Group at the University of California, Berkeley and at UCSF. The paintings exhibited here are exceptional examples of his Impressionist and Abstract styles. Cohen is acknowledged for his combinations of colors modeled with a knife, imagery that emerges from the compositional movement he achieves, and his command of painterly styles.

Exhibition underwritten by: 
Dr. Donna Hudson and Dr. Samuel Hudson

 
Tell Me a Story
Curator, Susan Yost Filgate
Contemporary Gallery
 
Tell Me a Story  is an exhibition organized to directly relate to the storybooks read by third graders throughout the Fresno Unified School District. It includes the original artwork of six illustrators selected for their unique and appealing visual interpretations of stories based on legends, folk tales, and social issues. The artists included are Michael Allen Austin ( Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale ), Pascal Biet ( Wolf! ), Colin Bootman ( Finding Lincoln ), Perky Edgerton ( Bravo Tavo! ), G. Brian Karas ( Clever Jack Takes the Cake ), and Boris Kulikov ( The   Castle on Hester Street).   Combined, the represented stories illustrate many character building qualities: courage, determination, perseverance, resourcefulness, truth, the value of friendship, supporting tolerance and literacy, and overcoming impossible odds or misfortune with positivity.

Exhibition underwritten  by: 
The Bonner Family Foundation

Exhibition supports the Kennedy Center's Any Given Child Program in coordination with the Fresno County Office of Education and the Fresno Unified School District
 
Permanent Collection: Recent Acquisitions
FAM Curatorial Staff
Lobby and Concourse Galleries
 
A primary focus of the Fresno Art Museum is the maintenance and growth of our Permanent Collection. As a museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, we are held to the highest standards protecting this public trust. Recently accessioned selections from our collection will be shown in the Lobby and Concourse Galleries. These artworks are held for the benefit of the public, and we are delighted to present a portion of them this exhibition season. 

Summer 2017 Exhibitions underwritten by:
Kaye Bonner Cummings
Diadre R H Metzler in memory of Ron Metzler
Julia Smith in memory of Don and Frances Werner

General Exhibition Support:  
Women's Auxiliary of the Fresno Art Museum
David & MaryAnne Esajian

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Image credits, top to bottom, left to right: 

Nancy Youdelmanm, Zippers and Pins, 2009, Mixed media with encaustic, 54" x 37" x  4" and Blue Baby, 2000, Mixed media, 11½" x 14½" x 13", Photos by Michael Karibian 

Leslie Batty, Bessie, 2017, Oil on canvas and Red Shoes, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 24" x 24"

Maurice Cohen, Paris Pont Neuf,  Oil on canvas, 16" x 20" and Urban Forest, 2016, Oil on canvas, 48" x 36"

Boris Kulikov, The Button Man, from The Castle on Hester Street written by Linda Heller, Mixed media on paper, 18" x 10½" and Michael Allen Austin, Martina and Perez, from the book, Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale, retold by Carmen Agra Deedy, Acrylic, colored pencil, and pastel on illustration board, 24" x 30"

Kenda North, Girl with Violin from the Urban Pools Series, 2006, printed 2017, Ultrachrome pigment print on Hahnemuhle William Turner paper, 17" x 22", Gift of Kenda North, The Museum Project and Salvador Dali, The Flowering Inspiration, 1978, Volume III, Lithograph, 235/350,  29 1/2" x 21 1/2"

Please email Susan@fresnoartmuseum.org for images and credit lines for print or web.



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