JANUARY 9, 2018
Executive Director & Chief Curator
559.441.4221 x103
Fresno Art Museum
Season  of Exhibitions
The Fresno Art Museum has five exciting new exhibitions opening to the public on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 11 am. A preview of the new exhibitions will be held on Friday, January 26 starting at 4 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 am to 5 pm. Parking is free of charge. For further information, please contact the Museum at 559.441.4221 or visit our website at

The new exhibitions include:

The work of Bay Area artist David Tomb reflects his lifelong interest in birds and also has a significant commitment to the conservation of species and habitats that are reflected in his work.

The images he creates are huge in scale. They are collage and mixed-media works on paper installations. Tomb says of his work, "Making artwork of birds is a way to connect and personalize my experience of seeing birds. The ultimate goal is to have people think: That animal is incredible... we need to save them!"

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

Exhibition support: Daniel R. Martin Family Foundation

Images: David Tomb, Aplomado Falcon Bat Hunting, 2011, Watercolor and gouache on paper, 29.5" x 83" and Great Philippine Eagles, 2012, mixed media and collage, 128" x 210"

This exhibition features Fresno-based artist Marcos Dorado and will include 20 to 25 recent portraits of immigrants with short biographies for each. The artist's objective: "My goal is to convey their struggle, which is my own. I want to put the spotlight on the positive contributions of immigrants that are here." 

Marcos studied drawing at The Art Students League of New York and The Grand Central Academy of Art, both in New York City. Now, Marcos is part of the movement that is bringing the figure back into the forefront of art.  The realism and superb craftsmanship in his drawing express the beauty of the people around him. His work explores social issues that matter to him.

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

Images: Marcos Dorado, Extranjero (Portrait of Fabio Pertile), 2017, Charcoal, pastel, and ink on canvas, 36" x 24" and Angélica Diaz Livesay, 2017, Conté and graphite on paper on paper,
24" x 24"

In recognition of the legacy of local photographer Hanna S. Barsam, the Fresno Art Museum is proud to host a biennial photography exhibition with the generous support of the Hanna S. Barsam Estate Funds of the Central Valley Community Foundation.

Guest curated by Jay Belloli, former director of the gallery programs at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, the theme of the 2018 Hanna S. Barsam Photography Invitational is California Nature. Each photographer selected by Mr. Belloli explores the natural California environment as captured through a lens. Just as Mr. Barsam was known for his innovative and often avant-garde approach to photography, this invitational showcases photographers that push the envelope with regards to technique and subject matter.

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Exhibition sponsor:  Hanna S. Barsam Estate Funds of the Central Valley Community Foundation

Images: Robert Weingarten, 6:30, #104, October 26, 2003 and Thom Halls, Kings River Series: Reedley-Still waters near the Reedley Narrows make for wonderful recreation areas, 2010, Archival digital print, 20" x 24"

Bay Area artist, Holly Lane, is a painter and sculptor who creates works that the  New York Times  has labeled "inspirational parables." The exhibition showcases 16 of the artist's unique works. Lane is most well-known for her elaborately framed paintings, inspired by architecture and often tied to Greek mythology and philosophy. Rather than mere housings for her paintings, Lane's frames are elaborate, hand-carved pieces of art themselves that provide allegorical context for the two-dimensional  paintings they surround. Also included are some of her purely sculptural works, gilded creations that range in size from monumental to pocket-sized. The sculptures, with their intricate relationship between form and shape, are physical manifestations of philosophical musings. Lane's work explores themes of nature, mysticism, interspecies compassion, and feminism. The exhibition's title,  Indwelling Nature , speaks to the idea that humanity and nature inhabit the same space, each providing the framework for how the other is perceived.

Curator: Sarah Vargas, FAM Associate Curator

Special thanks to Chris Winfield, Winfield Gallery, Carmel, CA

Images by Holly Lane: Four Consolations, 2015, Acrylic paint, carved wood, and paper quilling, 27¼" x 22½" x 6", and Unfoldment, 2015, Acrylic on panel, graphite on Mylar, carved wood, 28" x 33 1/8" x 6", both Courtesy of the Artist and Winfield Gallery

What is in a name? One of the first things that museum visitors do is look for the title of an artwork they like in order to provide context. What happens when the artist deliberately chooses not to give their art a title?

Untitled presents a selection of works from the permanent collection that ask the viewer to create their own story. From the figural to the abstract, each untitled work is open to interpretation. What does the image mean? That is for you to decide.

Curator: Sarah Vargas, FAM Associate Curator

Images: Robert Natkin, and  Untitled , 1974, Lithograph, 36" x 26", Collection of the Fresno Art Museum, Gift of Adam Mekler, FAM85.3.2  and Johnny Friedlaender,  Untitled , n.d., Lithograph, 10" x 8", Collection of the Fresno Art Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Lippert, FAM92.20

The exhibition  Tell Me a Story continues.

Winter/Spring 2018 Exhibition Season Sponsors
CCIS Insurance Services
Eaton and Gibson Family Fund of the Central Valley Community Foundation
Elaine Lynn

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

Media Sponsor
Fresno Bee


Artists David Tomb, Marcos Dorado, and Holly Lane will be available at the Opening Reception along with Guest Curator Jay Belloli and some of the exhibiting artists from the Barsam Invitational exhibition, and curators Michele Ellis Pracy and Sarah Vargas. Please contact Michele Ellis Pracy at 559.441.4221
x103 or to schedule interviews with artists and/or curators and for filming opportunities.

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