Manya Fan art Education Center
The mission of the Manya Fan Art Education Center is to enrich the quality of life and learning through exemplary instruction in art production, history, criticism, aesthetics, and museum experiences.
In honor of longtime Art League volunteer and a leader of the Art Museum, Manya Fan, the lower level of the Art Museum bears her name. Fan Center functions as an art center, focusing on studio art classes, art guilds, art workshops and art student exhibitions. Instructors are provided the opportunity to integrate the Art Museum’s exhibits and permanent collection into each class, in order to enhance student learning. All galleries are open free to the public seven days per week 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
The Warren Eggleston Gallery, in Fan Center, has changing exhibits of professionally presented work by studio art class students, organized and exhibited by faculty members.
Exhibits in the Mickey Shook Gallery, on the lower level, are by invitation only. Work by Art Museum faculty members and community artists are featured.
The upper level of the Art Museum contains four galleries, which change exhibits four times per year each. The two Weil Galleries feature works from the museum’s permanent collection. Weil Gallery A focuses on those works from our collection that are an integral part of the ArtSmart: Indiana free online educational program. Weil Gallery B shows works from the collection by theme, selected by the Curator.
The East Gallery and the McDonald Gallery feature exhibits of artists by invitation; regional art and artists; exhibits focused on cultural diversity; community member’s art collections; juried exhibits of Indiana art; the annual New Artists juried area high school show; and national invitational exhibits.
Manya Fan was an Art League volunteer and a leader of the Art Museum, beginning in the 1960's. The Louis A. Weil Award for volunteer service was created in 1979 to recognize her extensive volunteer work on behalf of the Art Museum. She was elected to the board of directors and became president in 1980/1981. She founded the Fabric Guild and worked with the group until her death. She was one of five people who together seeded funding for the position of Executive Director in 2006.
Fan’s four children, David Fan, Hung Fan, Vicky Black and Frances Macdonald, jointly contributed $150,000 for the remodeling of the educational center in honor of their mother.