About Us

Fairfield University Art Museum

About Us

An essential academic and cultural resource for students, faculty, and residents of the surrounding geographic community and region, the Fairfield University Art Museum (FUAM) offers meaningful opportunities for first-hand experience of original works of art and their unique historical resonance. We foster appreciation of the visual arts; cultivate cultural literacy and critical engagement; conserve, research, and impart knowledge about the collection in accordance with best scholarly and museum practices; and champion human creativity of all cultures and time periods.

Fairfield University Art Museum

The Fairfield University Art Museum (FUAM) is a dynamic space for engagement with the visual arts on the campus of Fairfield University. In its Bellarmine Hall Galleries, FUAM presents its small but choice permanent collection of European and American paintings, drawings, prints and photographs, as well as Asian, African and Pre-Columbian objects. Objects on long-term loan include antiquities and medieval pieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Penn Museum, the Worcester Art Museum, and the American Numismatic Society; Asian art on loan from the Columbia University Collection; and European paintings and objects borrowed from private collections. FUAM presents special exhibitions showcasing works of art in all media from a broad swathe of time periods and world cultures, ancient to contemporary, in both the Bellarmine Hall Galleries, and the Walsh Gallery in the Quick Center for the Arts. FUAM is an essential academic and cultural resource that brings original works of art to the Fairfield University community, and to the residents of Fairfield County and beyond by partnering with local schools and cultural institutions, and by serving all audiences through outreach, free admission and free events. 

 

Hours

Bellarmine Hall Galleries:
Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Walsh Gallery:
Wednesday - Saturday: 12 noon - 4:00 p.m.

Summer Hours (starting after June 8th)
June and July. Closed in August.

Bellarmine Hall Galleries:
Tuesday - Thursday: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Walsh Gallery:
Closed

Visitors are welcome during opening hours, while the University is in session. We are closed for all University holidays, and during inclement weather. 

Admission

The FUAM is free and open to the public.

For groups of 8 or more, please make an appointment in advance (museum@fairfield.edu or 203-254-4046). Rates are as follows:

Private tour with Museum Curator: $150

Information for Visitors

Visitors are required to leave backpacks, umbrellas, shopping bags, totes, and large purses in the cloakroom. Wheelchairs, service dogs, and other aids for visitors with special needs are permitted in the galleries.

No food or drink allowed.

Museum Contact Information

Fairfield University Art Museum
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
(203) 254-4046
museum@fairfield.edu

 

 

Parking and Directions

Fairfield University on a MapMuseum Parking Map

The FUAM is located on the lower level of Bellarmine Hall. Parking is available in front of Bellarmine Hall and in front of the Quick Center for the Arts. Handicap parking is available next to the museum’s service and classroom entrance on the lower level of Bellarmine Hall. 

The Walsh Gallery is located in the Quick Center for the Arts. Parking is available in front of the building. 

For GPS please use the following address:
200 Barlow Road, Fairfield, CT 06824 - Enter through the University gates, and continue along Bellarmine Road until you reach a stop sign. Turn left onto Fitzgerald Way, and Bellarmine Hall is directly in front of you. The visitor parking lot is on the left. 

By train:
Take Metro-North, New Haven Line, to Fairfield Station (approximately 70 minutes from Grand Central Station). 
www.mta.info/mnr
800-638-7646

Driving Directions


CT Turnpike (I-95) from New York:

Exit 22, left on Round Hill Rd. Follow to second stop sign, turn right on Barlow Rd. Follow 1/2 block to University entrance on left through stone gates. Follow directions above.

CT Turnpike (I-95) from New Haven:

Exit 22, right on North Benson Rd. Follow to first stop light, turn left on Barlow Rd. Follow 1/2 block to University entrance on right through stone gates. Follow directions above.

Merritt Parkway (Rt. 15) from New York:

Exit 44, left at end of ramp, right on Black Rock Tpke. Follow 2 mi., turn right on Stillson Rd (Rt. 135 South). At second light, bear left onto North Benson Rd. At second light, turn right on Barlow Rd. Follow 1/2 block to University entrance on right through stone gates. Follow directions above.

Merritt Parkway (Rt. 15) from New Haven:

Exit 44, at end of ramp make a left. At first light make left onto Black Rock Turnpike. Follow directions above.

Meet Our Staff

Carey Weber Carey Mack Weber
Frank and Clara Meditz Executive Director

Carey Mack Weber has over 25 years of experience working in museums and galleries. After graduating from Connecticut College with a B.A. in Art History, Carey spent over a decade working in fine art galleries in New York City. She started her career as a registrar at Wunderlich and Company and went on to become gallery director at Susan Sheehan Inc. and at Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art. Ms. Weber began at Fairfield University as the Visual Resources Curator in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. She was integral to the founding of the Bellarmine Museum of Art, where she assisted Dr. Jill Deupi, the founding director, in developing the museum’s first three years of exhibitions and programming, as well as setting up the Collections Management systems. She served for almost a year as Interim Director after Dr. Deupi’s departure, prior to the arrival of Dr. Linda Wolk-Simon.

Carey also currently serves as the President of the Connecticut Art Trail, a nationally recognized partnership between twenty-one world-class museums and historic sites, created to promote Connecticut’s rich cultural assets as part of a travel experience. She is an active member of the American Alliance of Museums, the Association of Academic Art Museums and Galleries, the New England Museum Association, and the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County.
cweber@fairfield.edu

 

 

Michelle Dimarzo Michelle DiMarzo
Curator of Education and Academic Engagement 

Dr. Michelle DiMarzo
is a 2007 graduate of Fairfield with a B.A. in Art History and English. DiMarzo went on to pursue graduate degrees in Art History, specializing in Italian Renaissance visual art. She received a Ph.D. in Art History from Temple University in 2017. Before returning to Fairfield, she held the Phyllis G. Gordan/Samuel H. Kress Foundation Two-Year Pre-doctoral Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome. Prior to that, she taught courses at Fairfield University and Temple University, and was also a Spotlight Gallery Conversation educator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
mdimarzo@fairfield.edu

 

 

Katherine Schwab Katherine Schwab
Curator of the Plaster Cast Collection

Dr. Katherine Schwab received her B.A. from Scripps College, where she majored in Ancient Greek Civilization. Subsequently, she earned her M.A. in Art History from Southern Methodist University, and her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Dr. Schwab joined the faculty at Fairfield University in 1988. Currently, she is Associate Professor of Art History and, since 1991, Curator of The Metropolitan Museum of Art Plaster Cast Collection at Fairfield. Her research area is Greek Art with particular focus on the Parthenon metopes. Dr. Schwab has been awarded three separate fellowships (both pre- and post-doctoral) by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in addition to the Robert E. Wall Award at Fairfield, as well as other honors and grants in support of her research on the Parthenon metopes, the Caryatid Hairstyling Project, and restoration work on the plaster cast collection. Grayscale scans of her research drawings are on permanent display in the Parthenon Gallery of the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece. Her publications include several book chapters and journal articles and, most recently, exhibiting her original Parthenon drawings. Among her many contributions of service to the University, Dr. Schwab was the inaugural faculty member on the College of Arts and Sciences Board of Advisors, as well as Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, and Director of the Art History Program. She represents Fairfield University on the Managing Committee of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Read Dr. Schwab's Profile

 

 

13082_fuam_about-us_emily-mckeon_11292018.jpg Emily McKeon
Museum Assistant

Emily McKeon is a 2018 graduate of University of Delaware with a B.A. in Art History and a minor in Museum Studies. Emily has interned and volunteered at numerous museums during her time as an undergraduate. She was previously the Editorial Assistant at the Winterthur Museum’s Winterthur Portfolio, an interdisciplinary journal committed to fostering knowledge of the American past through the study of material culture.

 

 

 

Megan PaquaMegan Paqua
Registrar

Megan Paqua received her B.A. in Archaeology from Dickinson College in 2011 and went on to complete an M.A. in Egyptology from the American University in Cairo in 2015, where she participated in archaeological fieldwork at the site of Tell el-Amarna with the Amarna Project. After returning to the US, she began teaching art history courses at Fairfield University, as well as pursuing a degree in Museums & Digital Culture from the Pratt Institute School of Information. She is also the Permanent Collection Documentation Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2018-2019) and a project registrar for the Westport Public Art Collection.

 

Museum Spaces

Bellarmine Hall Galleries

The FUAM occupies the lower level of the University's signature building, Bellarmine Hall, the former residence of the Walter B. Lashar family. Designed in 1921 in the English manorial style, this handsome structure was purchased by the Jesuits from the town of Fairfield in 1942 to serve as the foundational building for the newly established Fairfield University.

In 2008, Centerbrook Architect and Planners were charged with creating spaces in the lower level of the hall, formerly used by the University for storage and other utilitarian purposes, into a state-of-the-art museum. A lead donation of $2.5 million from John Meditz '70 laid the foundation. Further support was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Dolan Family Foundation, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Jost Foundation, and donations from a number of private individuals. The museum was publicly inaugurated on October 25, 2010, and is a testament to Fairfield's commitment to excellence in education and the arts. 

Walsh Gallery

This large "white cube" gallery for special exhibitions is housed in the Quick Center for the Arts.

The Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery opened its doors in April 1990 under Founding Director and Professor of Art History, Dr. Philip Eliasoph. Its inaugural exhibition was, "Defining Modernism: Art of the 20th Century." In a review by the New York Times, Vivien Raynor wrote: "With this exhibition, the Walsh assumes a missionary role that is not inappropriate for a Jesuit campus, even though the word brought is not of God."

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