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Brett Amory At FWMoA


In his new body of work Brett Amory illustrates his ideas and musings about Fort Wayne. Indiana has been dubbed “the crossroads of America,” and Fort Wayne is one of the main reasons for this namesake.

The city was founded for its close proximity to three major rivers: the Saint Joseph, the Saint Mary’s, and the Maumee. These rivers served as the catalyst for trade, and Fort Wayne became known as a major city. Further development resulted from the Erie Canal, train infrastructure, and the Lincoln highway. This traffic through Fort Wayne brought commerce and culture, helping it develop into the modern city it is today.

Amory’s new work is based on the people and places of Fort Wayne, and is accompanied by a large installation that challenges what it means to be an

“All-American City” and the concept of the American Dream. The installation will be constructed here during the month of November, allowing the public to watch Amory work.

Additionally, Amory will be placing pieces of work throughout the city, expanding his interaction with the Fort Wayne public.

Amory challenges the notion of the American Dream, the idea of resiliency, and the concepts of civic failure and success. A train station serves as a reminder of the robust Industrial Revolution, but the fact that it is abandoned reminds us of the de-industrialization of the 1980s. Abandoned buildings and foreclosures illustrate the housing bubble of the mid- to late 2000s that forced people to let go of their homes. However, the number of churches in Fort Wayne shows a town steeped in faith. Through all of the booms and busts, Fort Wayne serves as an illustration of a city, like many in the United States, determined to overcome and thrive.

Amory also continues to explore his ideas of past, present, and future, and how we relate to our surroundings; our internal dialogue and how it is presented to the world – a monologue. How is a monologue interpreted by those around us, in our house, library, theater, museum, or church? How do we relate to our own community, and how do others relate to us? Amory’s frequent use of flattened perspective serve in part to raise questions about societal perspective and perception. He challenges audiences to reevaluate change, redemption, opportunities, growth, the representation of people and places, the “good” and the “bad,” from churches to outlaws.

Further, Amory’s monologue about Fort Wayne serves as a contemplation about ‘All-American’ cities that have undergone similar struggles and victories. His sculptural use of colorful flowers growing beside a “For Sale By Owner” sign shines light on the determination to rise above negative circumstances and surmount improbable circumstances (be they natural disasters or man-made catastrophes).

Amory’s illustration American Dream, his largest to date, utilizes black, white, and gray to cast a shadow on the very notion of the American Dream. Many of us will remember how the American Dream and 1950s post-war optimism were characterized by television shows such as as Father Knows Best and Leave it to Beaver, both epitomizing the superficial nature of what we tell ourselves embodies the American Dream. The juxtaposition of Amory’s installation and paintings, combined with his use of symbolism, serves to ignite conversation about memories, community, and separation. Amory’s monologue exposes how past cultural decisions have shaped the present, and how present decisions will influence the future of our communities.


Prepositional Art: Crystal Wagner at the FWMoA

When I was in school I was taught the different parts of speech by a humorless (in retrospect, underpaid and exhausted) English teacher who reminded me over and over (I was not the pointiest crayon in the box) that prepositions show where something is located or in which direction it is moving. “The little dog is walking IN the doghouse, the little dog is walking UNDER the dog house, and the little dog is walking THROUGH the dog house.” A recent trip to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art brings the little dog to mind when I look at Crystal Wagner’s two story installation piece, “Spire”.

The work is a riot of color and shape that stretches from the wide base to the topmost tendrils. It invades your space, or maybe you are the invader. Installation Art has, almost by definition, always expected more of viewers than traditional 2 dimensional works and Crystal’s new site specific piece continues and amps up that truth. You need to engage in all the prepositions with this one; the little viewer is walking IN the installation art, the little viewer is walking UNDER the installation art, etc. This takes time, the art is durational and to truly experience it, you must immerse yourself in the experience. It takes moments of your time to walk around, through, under and into the room and its contents. If you are dead inside and only care to stare blankly at the spectacle, you will not be disappointed, but why not take a gamble and move your body in the many ways of the venerable preposition?

Wagner spent 2 weeks organizing and executing the sensory experience. She insists that it could not exist anywhere else in the world but in this room, (Gallery 3 in the Fort Wayne Museum of Art) at this time (until October 23rd, 2016). Paroxysm: A New Body of Work by Crystal Wagner, curated by Josef Zimmerman. Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 311 Main Street, Fort Wayne, IN

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Kay Gregg’s “Beautiful and Obsolete” was a success to say the least

We are happy to announce that the Fort Wayne Museum of Art has purchased the “Beautiful and Obsolete” exhibit with a promise to travel the exhibit around the United States.

Thank you for everyones support in making this exhibit happen.

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“Crossing Lines: Austin, TX” is up and looks great

“Crossing Lines: Austin, TX” is up at the FWMoA and the public is loving it. Thank you to the great artists that participated in this exhibit. Next up is Rochester, NY or St. Louis, MO.

Here are some install shot from the exhibit for your view pleasure:

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Nimer Alleck 's art
Nimer Alleck ‘s art
Jason Eatherly
Jason Eatherly
Erin Cunningham
Erin Cunningham
Graham Franciose
Graham Franciose


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“Crossing Lines: Austin, TX”

My next curatorial effort is coming to fruition. “Crossing Lines: Austin, TX” is be opening to the public on November 8th at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

This exhibit is the first in a series that will explore contemporary art in cities. The documentation of the art and city will hopefully produce emerging movements and trends as they are happing.  This exhibit will include art by:

Adrian Landon Brooks

Brandon Snow

Brian Imler

Dave Lozano

Erin Cunningham

Graham Fanciose

Jamie Spinello

Jason Eatherly

Jason Webb

Mike Johnston

Nimer Aleck

Erin Cunningham "Lace Knuckles"
Erin Cunningham “Lace Knuckles”
Graham Franciose "A Journey of Hope and Uncertainty"
Graham Franciose “A Journey of Hope and Uncertainty”









Jason Webb "Discarder Pile 20"
Jason Webb “Discarder Pile 20”

Austin, TX will be tentatively followed by Oakland, CA, Rochester, NY, Savannah, GA, and St. Louis, MO.

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“Beautiful and Obsolete” coming to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Many things are going down folks. Many projects have been in the works and they are now all coming to light. First off is Kay Gregg’s “Beautiful and Obsolete” at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.  The exhibit will open to the public on October 18th and runs through January 4th. Here is a small taste of the art that will be on display.

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Kay Gregg A.K.A Eyeball Graphics

I am very excited to announce Kay Gregg’s upcoming exhibit at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in October 2014.  “Beautiful & Obsolete: The Post-functional Object”  is Kay’s first solo exhibit and I am very glad to be curating it. I will be doing a studio visit shortly and very happy that this contemporary artists is from Fort Wayne.  Here is a taste of what we have to look forward to seeing:




Nosego and ‘Nomad’ Video

<p><a href=”″>Yis “Nosego” Goodwin Paints a Mural in Fort Wayne, Indiana</a> from <a href=”″>Kaygraphic</a&gt; on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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More News

Just got a great shout out from Street Art News.

Nosego New Mural – Fort Wayne, Indiana

Thank you everyone for the support of public art in Fort Wayne. More to come.



ArtScene for “Biological Canvas” was a hit

Thank you everyone for your support and genuine questions/interest. We all had a great time after the talk as well hanging out afterwards at the 1835 Bldg. Great conversations and high-fives were had by all.

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