Profile of the Fresno Art Museum in Fresno, CA

Fresno Art Museum's logo. Image courtesy the Museum.


The Fresno Art Museum in Fresno, California was established in 1949 as the Fresno Arts Center.

The Museum exhibits American modern and contemporary art in a wide range of media, such as painting, sculpture, graphics, photography, and fine crafts such as fiber arts, ceramics, jewelry, glass.


The Fresno Art Museum began in 1949 when a group of local artists established the Fresno Art League, which was incorporated as the Fresno Arts Center.

However, it was not until 1960, that a new facility was built to house the Center. The original building was 10,000 square feet, and by the year 2000, space had expanded to over 27,000 square feet.

In 1973, the Center received accreditation by the American Association of Museums. In 1985, the name was changed to the Fresno Arts Center and Museum, and in 1988, was changed again to the Fresno Art Museum.

Since 1988, the Museums awards the "Distinguished Woman Artist Award annually to a woman artist who has spent thirty or more years in the studio and has created a unique and prestigious body of work."


According to the Museum's website:

"The Fresno Art Museum offers a dynamic experience for appreciating art. The museum welcomes inspire, and educates a diverse regional audience through significant exhibitions, thought-provoking programs, and meaningful interactions with artists and the creative process."


The Fresno Art Museum is located near the intersection of Clinton and First Streets, next to Radio Park in the center of Fresno, California. 

The Museum is easily accessed by public transportation; please refer to their website for further information.

Museum's Conservation Department:

The Fresno Art Museum has a permanent collection of Pre-Columbian artifacts, so from time to time, requires the services of an art conservator in order to clean, restore, and preserve the works for future viewing.

Framed Artworks in Collection:

The Museum has a permanent collection of Pre-Columbian works.

The Museum's exhibitions focus on modern and contemporary American art from both local and international artists. Artists such as Norman Rockwell, Ansel Adams, and Ann Page have exhibited their works.

Noteworthy Facts:

Artists and Curators Submissions

The Museum accepts submissions from artists and curators to be considered for future exhibition.

Artists are invited to submit digital images of their artwork, with a brief description of the work, and a cv listing past exhibitions.

Curators are invited to submit proposals of solo or group shows keeping in line with the Museum's mission, as they state: "We strive to create unique, thought-provoking, educational exhibitions representing diversity and cultural connections that relate to and reflect the population and issues here in the San Joaquin Valley and beyond."

Employment Information:

The Museum regularly posts job listings on its website in the various departments such as administrative, curatorial, sales, security, etc. 

How to Apply for a Job:

When a job is available, it will be posted on the Museum's website. Applicants are then invited to email their requested information.

Museum's Contact Info:

Fresno Art Museum, 2233 North First Street, Fresno, CA 93703. Tel:  559-441-4221

Fresno Art Museum's website

Museum Hours:

  • Monday closed
  • Tuesday closed
  • Wednesday closed
  • Thursday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Friday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Closed holidays