Spotlight on Lighting: How the Art Gets Lit

Very rarely do people walk into an art gallery or museum and say, “Wow, look at the lighting on that!” despite it making the art the star of the exhibit. Understanding the way a piece of art is lit can help the viewer better appreciate the artwork, so let’s shine some light (pun intended) on the technical side of things today.

The Artist, Transformed: An Interview with Elly Tullis

An artist always hopes, at least implicitly, that her art will inspire a positive change in others. But does she hope or even expect that her work will change her? On January 1, 2019, painter Elly Tullis impulsively turned to the image of the biblical figure Mary for artistic inspiration, herself exhausted from the demands of motherhood. Over the next year, paintings of the Virgin Mary poured from her mind to create the Theotokos series now on view at FWMoA. In this interview, she shares with us her development as an artist since her childhood and what has happened to her as a result of this series.

Los Días de Los Muertos

Los Días de Los Muertos, the Days of the Dead, are celebrated around the world. In this post, Collections Information Specialist Suzanne Slick tells the history of the celebrations and how you, and FWMoA, take part in remembering our dead.

Art Term Tuesday: Acrylic Paint

Paint is paint, right? Apparently, not so much. For years, I’ve read labels next to artwork citing the medium, or material, as “acrylic on canvas”, “tempera on canvas”, or “oil on canvas” without truly distinguishing between them. In this Art Term Tuesday, we dive into the particulars of paint, and why it matters to the artist's message.

Now on View: All that Glitters is Glass

Its summertime and that can only mean one thing at FWMoA – lots of glass on display! Through August 4th we have two stunning exhibits of glassworks by artists Tim Tate and Marlene Rose. Now on view are also several new dazzling glass sculptures that join our more permanent glass pieces, including a collection of American Brilliant Cut Glass. Read on to learn how FWMoA acquired this magnificent collection now on view.

Artist on Artist: Tate on Degas

To celebrate Edgar Degas' birthday, Elizabeth Kilmer examines Tim Tate's modern take on Degas' well-known "Little Dancer" sculpture. Read on to learn how artists build on previous artists narratives in this installment of Artist on Artist.

Now on View: Silverpoint Drawings

Currently on view in the Print & Drawing Study Center at FWMoA, Sachi Yanari-Rizzo discusses the waning technique of silverpoint drawings and the precision and detail required by the artist to create these simple yet dramatic works of art.

Artists on Artists: Linn on Rodia

Artists are inspired to create by a multitude of things: their environment, their lives, books, movies, and even each other! In this series, we'll be looking at artists who made artworks inspired by other artists and their works. Explore how glass artist Steve Linn was inspired by Simon Rodia's Towers in this post by Children's Education Associate Katy Thompson.

Now on View: Jimmy Ernst

Opposite of a Treasures from the Vault, Lauren Wolfer takes us through a work currently on display in our exhibition that displays artworks we've collected in the past year. What is it about an artist, or a specific artwork, that makes a museum choose to collect it? Read on to see why we love this painting by Jimmy Ernst!

Artist Interview: Joel Daniel Phillips

It is not often that FWMoA has living artists exhibited in our galleries, and even less often that they come to visit! Therefore, we jumped on the opportunity to speak with Joel Daniel Phillips about his life-size charcoal portraits, where his art is taking him next, and if he'll ever try using color!