We will be going through all we know about art in Fresno in great depth for you today. As the piece progresses galleries, museums, supply stores, schools, shows, events, and more will be broken down.
Even if we are trying to cover it all the best Fresno Art Galleries and Museums seem like the wisest starting point. Then we will start to span out and get into the best art stores near you for anyone that is trying to buy some new materials or supplies.
We also can’t forget about the best shows, festivals, and events in the region. Going on an art walk or simply enjoying a leisurely stroll in the right parts of town can be a lot of fun when the weather permits. Checking out the top statues and sculptures in the city can also work well with that.
Expect to learn about art schools in your area that offer both group and private lessons too. Studio space where you can work on your latest project, as well as dealers, appraisers, and framing services in your area will be covered.
You will find a local art map before you go that will show you where all of these spots are located. We have written quite a few other posts on cities around the Pacific Northwest that you can check out if interested.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Fresno
If you want to visit the best art galleries and museums in Fresno you can go to:
- Fresno Art Museum at 2233 N 1st St
- Armenian Museum of Fresno at 550 E Shaw Ave
- Arte Américas at 1630 Van Ness Ave
- Fresno Arts Council at 1245 Van Ness Ave
- Spectrum Art Gallery at 608 E Olive Ave
- Studio 74 at 1274 N Van Ness Ave
- The Phebe Conley Art Gallery at 5225 N Backer Ave
- Art Space Gallery at 1101 E University Ave
- Door Art Gallery at 3073 W Bullard Ave
- Gallery II at 1490 W Shaw Ave
- Sorensen Studio & Galleries at 2223 South Van Ness Ave
The Fresno Art Museum has over 3,600 works are preserved and protected in the permanent collection.Modern and contemporary artworks including paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, and other media from the 20th and 21st centuries, Pre-Columbian pieces from Mesoamerica and the Andes, and modern and folk art of Mexican origin are the main emphasis of the permanent collection and exhibitions. Ansel Adams, Ruth Asawa, Salvador Dali, Maynard Dixon, Patty Handley, August Madrigal, Robin Gay McCline, Robert Ogata, Pablo Picasso, and others are among the creators represented in the permanent collection.
The Armenian Museum of Fresno was founded in 2003 as a non-profit organization by the Armenian Technology Group and is located in the University of California Center in Fresno (ATG). It hosts workshops, symposiums, shows, and rotating fine art exhibitions. It also serves as a venue for the visual and performing arts, including music and literature.
Arte Américas has been one of California’s major non-profit Latin cultural centers since 1987. The Fresno Arts Council (FAC) is a state-local partner of the California Arts Council and has been approved to serve local residents by the county board of supervisors. The FAC supports a wide range of cultural arts organizations, individual creators, regional initiatives, and diverse communities with financial support, services, and arts programming.
Spectrum Art Gallery is a charitable organization that works to advance photography as an art form through exhibitions and teaching. Studio 74 is an art gallery dedicated to providing a venue for local and rising artists to exhibit and sell their work. They have been showcasing local artists’ work for the past 15 years, with one new piece added each month in addition to the gallery artists and craftspeople.
The Phebe Conley Art Gallery, housed in the Conley Art Building at California State University, serves as a platform for students to display their creativity. There are four major exhibitions held each year, as well as frequent displays by students earning master’s degrees in art and design in your area.
The Art Space Gallery is the City College’s principal art exhibition facility, as well as an educational space for the fine arts program and a way to reach out to students and the wider community. Every year, the Gallery hosts a variety of exhibitions, including shows by internationally and nationally recognized creators, local and rising artists, FCC teachers, and students.
Door Art Gallery exhibits works by local and regional artists. Pat Hunter and Janice Stevens, co-owners of Gallery II, live there. Pat’s paintings and art studio were showcased in the gallery’s early days.
Sorensen Studio And Galleries is a collective of 60 creators working in a variety of media that share approximately 40,000 square feet of studio and exhibition space. Each year, in addition to organizing an incredible Art Hop, they also curate 10 open-juried events, bringing together some of Fresno’s best artists.
Materials & Supplies Near You
These art stores in your area are good places to buy new supplies or materials:
- Allard’s Art at 5350 N Blackstone Ave
- Duncan at 5673 E Shields Ave
- Squeezin Tips Art Shop at 958 N Fulton St
- Michaels at 7400 N Blackstone Ave
- Hobby Lobby at 6565 N Blackstone Ave
- Joann at 8062 N Blackstone Ave
Allard’s Art is a family-owned business that sells art and drafting supplies and equipment, as well as custom picture framing, fine writing instruments, science fair and presentation supplies, sign supplies, children’s supplies, art how to and coloring books, and much more.
Duncan Ceramics was formed in 1946 by Erma Duncan, a skilled artist, and since its inception the Duncan brand has been a leader in Ceramic Arts. You probably already know what chain stores like the Michaels, Joann, and the Hobby Lobby near you have to offer.
Shows & Events
There are some fun art shows, events, and festivals here like:
- Bizare Art Festival in January
- Rogue Festival in March
- Student Art Show in Spring
- Fresno Arthop in August
The Bizare Art Festival is an annual HipHop event conducted in January to honor Lord Bizare’s life and passion, as well as all other artists. Rogue Fest is a multi-day annual event in that is fashioned after the Bay Area’s and other large cities fringe festivals.
The Student Art Show is presented at the Fresno Art College’s Art Space Gallery every spring. Professional artists judge the student’s work, and Allard’s Supply Store gives out awards. ArtHop, presented by the local Arts Council, is a culture-focused event fuelled by the city’s enthusiasm for and expanding interest in all varieties of creative media.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
If you want to add a new piece to your collection or see how much something you own is worth these art dealers and appraisers can assist:
- Fig Tree Gallery at 644 Van Ness Ave
- A Sense Of Place Art Gallery at 2003 N Van Ness Blvd
- Chappell & McCullar at 600 W Shaw Ave
The Fig Tree Gallery is the oldest artist group in your area. Over twenty artists are represented in the gallery, with works ranging from sculpture to painting, drawing, mixed media, performance, and illustration.
A Sense of Place is a fine art gallery in the North Tower District that features works from Central California creators. Chappell & McCullar specializes in very quality Georgian antiques, fine art, and 20th and 21st century design.
We don’t know of anything we would deem as a local art walking tour, but if you go to the Mural District to the North of Chukchansi Park you will see lots of cool stuff. Using our area map at the end to come up with your own unique tour wouldn’t be a bad idea.
Other options would be the sculptures we are about to mention, and of course any time one of the festivals is going on you will have a great option.
Sculptures & Statues
Another fun thing to do on a sunny day would be to check out some of these statues and sculptures in your area:
- Aquarius Ovoid at 1232 Fulton St
- Ellipsoid VI at 2021-2003 Kern St
- Clock Tower at 1060 Fulton St
- Orion at 931 Fulton St
- Sweet Sixteen at 5245 N Backer Ave
- Trisem at 1240 Fulton St
Water is represented by Aquarius, and Ovoid is an oval shape. As a result, this artwork is a fountain with water flowing through an oval. On the Fulton Mall at Kern Street, “Ellipsoid VI” is a brass fountain set in a circular concrete pool.
The Clock Tower was the only piece of art included in the Fulton Mall’s overall building budget. Orion is a geometric sculpture in downtown inspired by Greek mythology.
Sweet Sixteen gets its name from the fact that several of its dimensions are multiples of 16. The shapes are horizontally twisted 16 degrees away from zero degrees. The artist, Greg O’Halloran, a 1974 M.A. graduate of Fresno State, gave the monument to the university as a gift.
Trisem is a three-column sculpture created of natural San Joaquin Valley river by sculptor T. Newton Russell.
Fresno Art Classes
Some of you might be after private lessons or group classes for kids, teens, or adults and the best Fresno art schools should have options for you:
- Roosevelt School of the Arts at 4250 E Tulare Ave
- Ma Ly Atelier at 2024 N Van Ness Blvd
- Ar Workshop Fresno at 1134 E Champlain Dr #103
- Color Me Mine at 230 Paseo Del Centro
The Roosevelt School of the Arts, the Unified School District’s second magnet high school program, debuted in September 1984 and is a performing and visual arts school with highly skilled instructors who are also working artists. Ma Ly’s studio, located north of the Tower District between Fresno High and the Big Red Church, offers in-studio art classes for all levels.
Ar Workshop Fresno is a small DIY workshop where you may learn how to make personalized home decor from the ground up! Signs made of wood, canvas pillows, and more creative things will be possible.
Color Me Mine is a paint-your-own-pottery studio with walk-ins, workshops, and parties available.
Studios For Rent Near You
Local art studios for rent can be found at:
- Studio 64 at 64 N Fulton St
- Vagabond Lofts at 1801 Broadway St
Built in 1950, Studio 64 has been rejuvenated and updated to its current eclectic and modern state. The diverse all-studio complex is a terrific opportunity to experience the downtown lifestyle, as it is located just across the street from Iron Bird Lofts and Fulton 55 and is within walking distance to many of the area’s business agencies, local entertainment venues, and art studios.
Vagabond Lofts provides a secure guarded environment to let you feel at ease. The modern architecture is a unique and urban combination of modern and industrial facilities, all located in the center of downtown Fresno’s Mural District.
When you need to find Fresno art and picture framing head to:
- The Framery at 6735 N Cedar Ave
- Rollf’s Gallery & Picture Framing at 2093 W Bullard Ave
- Batican Custom Framery at 2178 N Pleasant Ave
They provide customized attention and great workmanship for all types of picture framing at The Framery frame shop. Custom framing, ready-made framing, mirror framing, matting, and picture framing are among the services offered.
Since 1995, Rollf’s Gallery has been in operation and the proprietor, Tarry Rollf, has over 36 years of expertise in the field. Batican uses time-tested materials to create some of the highest-quality photo frames on the market. Another option for picture framing can be found at Allard’s Art from our best stores near you list.
By the way we have also discussed the scene in:
- Los Angeles
Have Fun Enjoying The Fresno Art Scene
Hopefully we did a fair enough job of covering the full art scene near you. We listed the best galleries, local museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in your area.
Those of you that made it all the way to the end then probably love art as much as we do. You can let us know about any of your own tips and tricks in the comments at the end of the post, or please also let us know if we got anything wrong or if anything we posted has become dated.
Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies or doing anything that has to do with art in Fresno!