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.

Reality Check: Judgement Calls

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".

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.

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.

Art Term Tuesday: Commissioned Artwork

Have you seen the news!? Downtown Fort Wayne is getting is getting a splash of color! Multiple commissioned artists have descended on the city and created fun artworks throughout the city. FWMoA has a few too! Read on as Kaitlin Binkley explains what a commissioned artwork is and where they are in the art museum.

Do You Get to Touch the Art? Working in a Museum: A Day with the Vice President and COO of FWMoA, Amanda Shepard

When people learn we work in a museum, the first question we often get asked is "What do you do all day? Do you just get to stare at art?". The follow-up question is, usually, "Wait, do you get to touch the art?". It often comes as a surprise, therefore, when they learn that many museum jobs do not include handling objects at all! Therefore, I sat down with Amanda Shepard, our Vice President and COO, to talk about her background, what her job entails, and if she is ever disappointed that she doesn't get to touch the art.