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How Art Shapes Our Lives: The Palace of Fine Arts

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By Sal Maccarone It is fascinating once realized how the discovery of gold here in California had such a profound impact worldwide. For instance, as a direct result of the 1849 gold rush, leaders in this country began thinking more seriously about connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. This of course was to facilitate commerce by moving goods, (and people), ...

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The Latest News From Fresno State: Diversity, Local Art, and Wine!

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IMPORTANT INFO REGARDING CAMPUS ACCESS: Due to COVID-19 and guidelines from the California Department of Public Health for institutions of higher education, only authorized students, faculty, staff, visitors and contractors are permitted on campus. Fresno State Wins Diversity Award for Seventh Year Fresno State received the 2020 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and ...

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It’s a Flashback to 2016 at the Fresno Art Museum

Image of a Hung Liu exhibit at the Fresno Art Museum.

Every so often the Fresno Art Museum likes to look back at some of their great exhibitions. Do you remember the Council of 100’s “Distinguished Woman Artist for 2016” exhibition titled “Hung Liu: Scales of History?” For over 30 years, the Fresno Art Museum’s Council of 100 has remained a unique organization devoted to recognizing outstanding women in the arts. ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: The Oscar

Image of Walt Disney and Shirley Temple at the Oscars.

By Sal Maccarone The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences was the idea of Louis B. Mayer (1884-1957), head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM.) Mr. Mayer felt that the organization would lend respectability and status to the movie industry, the reputation of which had been tarnished during the Roaring Twenties. So on May 4, 1927, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts ...

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Charles Gaines Works on Display (Virtually) at the Fresno Art Museum

Image of a work by Charles Gaines.

Charles Gaines is a pivotal figure in the field of Conceptual Art. Gaines’ works are often on paper and acrylic glass. His photographs, drawings, musical compositions, and video installations investigate how rule-based procedures influence representation and construct meaning. Visitors to the Fresno Art Museum will find the image below on permanent display near the entrance to the Bonner Auditorium. Charles ...

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Madera County Arts Council Board Selects New Executive Director

MADERA – Madera County Arts Council Board is proud to announce their new Executive Director, Jim Kocher, who has been the Interim Executive Director since January 2020. Kocher was unanimously selected by the Madera County Arts Council Board, as it is apparent that he shares the same level of commitment to the values and vision of the Council. Kocher, who ...

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Visit (Virtual) FAM Today for the Latest Mural from Erik Gonzalez and His Students

Image of "The Roots" mural at the Fresno Art Museum

FRESNO — The Roots mural (see above) was created by students aged 10-17 in the Fresno Art Museum’s Summer 2017 ArtAcademy class. It was completed under the direction and guidance of muralist, graffiti artist, and educator Erik Gonzalez, assisted by FAM Art instructor Cat Dellavalle and former ArtAcademy student (now current art instructor) Ariana Hernandez. Students explored FAM’s Pre-Columbian collection ...

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September is California Wine Month and The Madera Wine Trail Has Fresh Stories to Celebrate

MADERA COUNTY, CA (AUGUST 31, 2020) – Central California’s Madera County is the largest rural county in the state and home to the Madera Wine Trail. The landscape stretches from productive farmlands to rolling foothills and upward into the High Sierra. It’s no mystery why this countryside has been wine-making since the 1800’s, the weather is warm, the skies are ...

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An Evolution for Southern Yosemite’s Vibrant Art Scene

OAKHURST – Previously known as Yosemite Gateway Gallery Row, this summer, a group of artists and visionaries have rechristened the collection of galleries as Yosemite Gateway Art Center. The galleries, located along the Southern Yosemite Highway in the mountain town of Oakhurst, have been a prominent destination for decades. Now, Yosemite National Park visitors, Bass Lake revilers and residents alike, have a new cultural ...

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