Many of us today expect museums to be bustling hubs of activity, offering a range of sensory experiences. But what if this is all just a distraction from the very essence of museums? In this essay, Amanda Shepard explores the age-old argument that seemingly pits the people against the soulful experience of objects themselves.
We'll be taking a break from posting blogs over the holidays, but the museum will still be open on select days! Come in from winter fun to warm up and enjoy art!
In this discussion, Amanda Shepard explores the significance of the charitable gift, its uniquely American implications, and the limits of the English language in meaningfully describing what’s really going on when we part with our treasure.
This Thanksgiving, the FWMoA Children's Education department is thankful for creative teens who share their art and writing through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!
Learn how FWMoA's Children's Education department renovated their Learning Center to provide more opportunities for students, parents, and teachers to engage with art.
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.
On August 24 Amanda Shepard, FWMoA COO, was privileged to judge the purchase prizes for the Kekionga Plein Air Paint Out. Though we all make private judgements of art, the stakes go up when we in the art world must select public winners from a group of highly competent artists. But who is Amanda to judge? Find out why she picked what she did, and the methods she taps into for coming to her conclusions in this "Reality Check".
Today marks the 50th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 11 lunar landing team returning to Earth. Wait, what does that have to do with art? Find out as Alyssa Dumire take us through some of her favorite pieces of space art that help us interpret these significant historical moments, even years after they've happened.
Does it ever strike you that two words, similar as they are, can have strikingly different meanings? When it comes to art, words that are commonly used interchangeably to describe creative work can actually bring us to a fork in the road on the path to meaning. Read on to spend a little time in the geeky world of art words.
Suzanne Slick discusses the world of forgery! Museums, not just those that house art, have to be extremely careful when acquiring new works to ensure they are authentic. Read on as Sue discusses what methods people use to trick collectors and how we can determine if a work is the "real thing" or not.