311 E. Main St.
Fort Wayne Indiana 46802United States
A major renovation has put a new face on Fort Wayne's small but vibrant art museum.
This small but vibrant museum wrapped up an extensive renovation and expansion project in March 2010 that completely revamped the former digs and added an extra 11,000 square feet. The results are impressive: flex space accommodating up to 11 galleries, a comfortable Starbucks-ish lobby, a hands-on print/drawing study and a colorful kids' activity room (the touch-screen painting station is hard for any age to resist). There's no boring, sterile white space anywhere; the director insists on constantly reinventing the galleries by repainting the walls for each new show or exhibit. Tall industrial ceilings have been painted a neutral black to make the vast spaces seem more intimate, and skylights usher in a welcome touch of natural light. Each "pod" holds something completely different, from traveling shows by well-known creative masters to the prized permanent collection housed in the American Art Initiative gallery. A nice nod to the museum's Indiana roots, one hallway is thoughtfully devoted to showcasing work from regional artists. The museum is closed on Mondays. Admission is free on the first Sunday of each month and every Thursday.