Exhibition Selection Criteria

The Bellarmine Museum is intended to advance the educational mission and pedagogical goals of Fairfield University. As such, the use of its galleries is reserved for programs that not only promote a greater understanding of the museum and the University's art collections but also enhance the cultural and educational experiences of Fairfield's many constituencies. The ECMC will consider any proposal for an exhibition that supports these goals. They will not, however, entertain proposals for any of the following, which are considered incompatible with these aims:

  • Exhibitions of a body of work by an artist or group of artists that has been organized and designed by these same
  • Exhibitions that are primarily commercial in nature
  • Exhibitions whose materials may compromise public and/or building safety

Proposals that have satisfied the mission and goals of the Exhibition Program will be reviewed for the following characteristics:

  1. Originality of exhibition content
  2. Quality of exhibit concept, writing, and materials
  3. Educational significance
  4. Relationship to Fairfield's academic programs and/or art collections
  5. Suitability of physical form to the exhibition venue
  6. Ability to highlight or stimulate interest in Fairfield's resources and/or generate new sources of support
  7. Evidence of partnerships between departments and/or other local, regional, or national cultural institutions

The ECMC and the Executive Committee reserve the right to recommend changes and/or modifications to any exhibit proposal in order to meet specific demands including, but not limited to, scheduling, budget, and staff.

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