Education and Public Programming

The museum is currently expanding its educational and outreach programming. Students and educators are always welcome, as are members of the general public. Groups of eight or more are kindly requested to call in advance to make a reservation at (203) 254-4000, ext. 4046 or e-mail at Families are invited to the BMA on select Saturdays for special enrichment activities, see below. Please refer to the calendar for more details.

K-12 Educators

School groups are required to make a reservation. A contribution of $3 per child is requested for groups of 10 or more (payable at the time of visit). Adult supervision is required for all school groups: 1 adult chaperone per every 8 children must accompany the students at all times.

The Bellarmine Museum of Art is committed to working with local schools and their educators to create collaborative programs that balance visual thinking skills with curricular mandates and standards.

Teachers and educators interested in planning activities are invited to contact the museum directly at (203) 254-4046 or e-mail at

Lectures & Gallery Talks

September 21, 5 pm
Walsh Art Gallery
Gallery Talk with Jane Sutherland, discussing her works in the exhibition, DANCE: Marc Mellon, Jane Sutherland, and Philip Trager

September 23, 7 pm
Nyselius Multi-Media room.
Lecture/performance: Terri Witek and Cyriaco Lopes
      Visual artist Cyriaco Lopes and poet Terri Witek  collaborate on videos, sound pieces, installations, and experimental media. They have had solo shows and participated in group shows and performances in the United States and abroad.  Currents/Correntes : The Atlantic waters off Rio de Janeiro and Florida are a meeting place for Lopes and Witek, whose project considers world waters as a medium to both bring us together and hold us apart.  

September 29, 6-8 pm
Diffley Board Room and Great Hall, Bellarmine Hall
Artist Lecture: Stephen Hobbs – City-to-City: Logics of Collapse and Remodeling
Followed by reception with artist in the Great Hall with partners (CCP, Studio Art, Quick Center for the Arts)
Since 1994, Johannesburg has served as a reference point for Hobbs’ artistic and curatorial insights. Recently, his urban knowledge has broadened to research and production inspired by the spatial planning of WWI and WWII Military installations on the continent of Africa and abroad.
 *Event funded by the Quick Center for the Arts, Bellarmine Museum of Art, and  the Studio Art Program
Free, registration required at

October 5, 5:30 pm
Wien Experimental Theater, Quick Center for the Arts
Interdisciplinary Faculty Panel
The panel, which will be moderated by Peter Van Heerden (Director of the Quick Center for the Arts), includes faculty members Carol Ann Davis and Marti Lo Monaco, and artist Jane Sutherland and dancer/actor Carole Schweid.
Free, registration required at

October 14, 3 pm
Bellarmine Museum
Curatorial Talk with “Hair in the Classical World” exhibition co-curators Dr. Katherine Schwab and Dr. Marice Rose

October 19, 5 pm
Quick Center for the Arts, lobby
Gallery Talk with Tania Brassesco & Lazlo Passi Norberto
Discussing their photographs in lobby exhibition: The Essence of Decadence
Followed by a reception with the artist. Free, registration required at

October 20, 5 pm
Bellarmine Museum classroom
Faculty Panel on History and the Culture of Hair

October 21, 5 pm
Walsh Art Gallery
Gallery Talk with Philip Trager (Dance)
Free, registration required at

October 28, 4 pm
Diffley Board Room, Bellarmine Hall
Faculty Panel on Science and the Health of Hair

November 6, 12:30-4:30 pm
Diffley Board Room, Bellarmine Hall
Scholarly Symposium on Hair in the Classical World
Free, registration required at

November 10, 5 pm
Walsh Art Gallery
Gallery Talk with Marc Mellon (Dance)

Family Days

Family Days will be held six times during the 2015-16 academic year. Free and open to all, these are generally held from 1 - 4 p.m. on the Second Saturday of the month.
Registration is required. Register at The calendar and themes for 2015-2016 are as follows:

Saturday, September 19 - Dance and Art (at the Walsh Art Gallery, Quick Center for the Arts) - Bellarmine Museum is closed.
Saturday, November 14 - Hair in the Classical World (2 sessions: 1-2:30 and 2:30-4)
Saturday, February 20 - Cartoon Art
Saturday, March 19 - Renaissance Princes and Princesses
Saturday, April 16 - Ruffs & Cuffs: Costume & Culture in Renaissance Art
Saturday, June 11 - Art & Animals

On these Saturdays, the museum is open to the general public from 1-4 p.m. with activities for children and families during this time. Join us for drop-in craft activities, child-friendly gallery talks, and story time in the museum.