Art Term Tuesday: Avant-garde

How do we classify avant-garde art? Not to be confused with an art movement, like Impressionism or Abstract Expressionism, the avant-garde are the innovative, experimental individuals who begin the movements we learn about in art history. Read on to find out when an artist can be called avant-garde and who decides!

What We’re Reading: Ninth Street Women by Mary Gabriel

We at FWMoA don't just like to look at art, we like to read about it too! This month, Director of Children's Education Alyssa Dumire introduces us to a heavy yellow book by Mary Gabriel, Ninth Street Women. Read on to see how this book influenced her experience in our current exhibition of lithographs from our permanent collection.

Art Term Tuesday: Stone Lithography

In this Art Term Tuesday, we explore "the memory in the stone", or stone lithography, a printmaking process favored by drawers. Read on to learn how Master Printmakers and artists collaborate to bring forth the artists' vision from the stone and what famous painters you may recognize who have made prints.

Art Term Tuesday: Texture

Every day we get visitors who let us know how badly they want to touch the artwork but know they shouldn’t. It’s true, the first rule of the museum is “Do Not Touch”, but artists use their skills to help people imagine how their art would feel through texture. Artists choose different materials to express different things, including how something might feel. Read on to learn how to discover texture in artworks without touching them!

Art Term Tuesday: Installation

Do you know if what you are looking at is an installation by an artist? Each of the installations at FWMoA has encouraged visitors to get into, walk around, and experience the space in different ways. What makes these pieces of art installations? Read on to find out!

Art Term Tuesday: Matting Artworks

When we visit art museums we often take for granted that art will be there, hung up on the wall for our enjoyment. In the last few weeks, FWMoA has experienced multiple galleries being deinstalled, prepared, and installed with new exhibitions. Because exhibitions at FWMoA change every 6-8 weeks, we are constantly taking art down, putting art up, and storing art. It wasn’t until I came to work at an art museum that I realized how much goes into prepping artwork for an exhibition, in fact, it takes a whole team of people! A collaborative process between artists, galleries, curators, registrars, and technicians, the artworks go through multiple states before they are displayed for all too look at and enjoy. One of those stages is our term Tuesday: Matting. 

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