About Us

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About Us

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 Yale University Art 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.

Fairfield University Art Museum's Mission Statement

The Fairfield Univerity Art Museum (FUAM) inspires curiosity, creativity, reflection, and dialogue through its exhibitions, programs, and the collections in its care. As an essential component of the scholarly community at Fairfield Univerity, FUAM advances knowledge for students from all disciplines, and offers communities of learners across Connecticut and beyond the opportunity to connect to art, ideas, and each other.

Hours

Please check the University website before visiting as Covid-19 protocols are subject to change.

Bellarmine Hall Galleries: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Walsh Gallery: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

We are closed for all University holidays, and during inclement weather. 

Admission

The FUAM's admission is free for all. Faculty who are interested in visiting the gallery with students please contact Michelle DiMarzo (mdimarzo@fairfield.edu).

 

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

We welcome comments and questions about your visit to the museum and about our programs, events, and website. Please email museum@fairfield.edu

 Fairfield University Art Museum
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
(203) 254-4046

 

 

Covid-19 Policy

Visitor Guidelines

We are delighted to welcome you back to in-person events and programs at the Fairfield University Art Museum. Your health and safety remain our highest priorities, and we are continually adapting our protocols in line with the CDC, the WHO, and state and federal guidance.

For all Spring 2022 in-person events (including lectures, gallery talks, and meditation sessions) all adult visitors and staff will be asked to show proof of vaccination or negative test within 72 hours. Children under 12 are not currently required to be vaccinated to participate in any programs.

Visitors to the museum galleries are not required to show proof of vaccination, but are encouraged to observe social distancing with other museum patrons.

A well-fitting face mask (KN95, KF94, or N95 recommended) is required for all visitors, both in the galleries and at in-person events

Covid-19 Liability Waiver

Fairfield University continues to prioritize the safety of its Staff and Guests, and will adapt protocols and procedures as appropriate following CDC, WHO, and local, state, and federal guidance and recommendations from medical experts.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, an inherent risk of contracting Covid-19 and other contagious diseases remains present in any public venues. Fairfield University cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed to or contract Covid-19 or other contagious disease.

By entering the Fairfield University Art Museum and/or attending or participating in any program you are accepting the risk of being exposed to, contracting, or spreading Covid-19 or other contagious diseases along with all related consequences and expressly waive any and all claims against Fairfield University, its trustees, officers, employees and agents arising out of such exposure.

Accessibility

The Fairfield University Art Museum is committed to making our campus and programming accessible to all visitors. If any of our new protocols hinder your ability to access our spaces or programs, or if there is anything we can do to make your experience more accessible, please let us know.

The safety protocols currently in place are subject to change in compliance with revisions to national and local guidelines regarding Covid-19.

Parking and Directions

Fairfield University on a MapMuseum Parking Map

The FUAM's main galleries are located on the lower level of Bellarmine Hall. Parking is available in front of Bellarmine Hall. 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

  • For the Bellarmine Hall Galleries: 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.
  • For the Walsh Gallery: enter through the University gates, and bear right at the pond. The Quick Center for the Arts is on your left. The visitor parking lot is on the right.

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

Meet Our Staff

473809945_fuam_about-us_carey-weber_200x250_03042020.jpg Carey Mack Weber
Frank and Clara Meditz Executive Director

Carey Mack Weber has over 25 years of experience working in museums and galleries. Carey spent over a decade working in fine art galleries in New York City, notably serving as Director of Susan Sheehan Gallery and Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art. She was integral to the creation of the university’s art museum in 2010, assisting Dr. Jill Deupi, the founding director, in developing exhibitions, programming, setting up the Collections Management systems, and creating policies. She was appointed Frank and Clara Meditz Executive Director of the Fairfield University Art Museum in January, 2019.

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, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2020 with a group exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum. She serves as the CT State Representative for the Association of Academic Art Museums and Galleries. 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. She went on to pursue graduate degrees in Art History, specializing in Italian Renaissance visual art, and received a Ph.D. 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. She is also Assistant Professor in Art History & Visual Culture in the Department of Visual & Performing Arts, where she teaches courses in Renaissance art and the museum exhibition seminar.
mdimarzo@fairfield.edu
 

 

Katherine Schwab Katherine Schwab
Curator, Plaster Cast Collection

Dr. Katherine Schwab received her B.A. from Scripps College, her M.A. from Southern Methodist University, and her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She is Professor of Art History & Visual Culture in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Director of the Classical Studies program, Curator of the Plaster Cast Collection at the Fairfield University Art Museum, and Director of the School of Communication, Arts and Media in the College of Arts and Sciences. A specialist in ancient Greek art and archaeology, her research focuses on the Parthenon sculptural program, especially the metopes. Scans of her metope drawings are on permanent display in the Acropolis Museum. The original drawings formed a traveling exhibition in the U.S. from 2014 to 2018 organized by the Fairfield University Art Museum. Her research extends to the Caryatid Hairstyling Project and the history of plaster casts. She has been recognized for her contributions to Greek culture with the Hellene of the Year award by AHEPA District 7 (Connecticut and Rhode Island) in 2011, followed by the Paideia Award, for the state of Connecticut given by the University of Connecticut in 2012. As a member of the A.G.A.P.W. Board of Advisors she has continued to participate in a vibrant Greek American community in the greater NYC area. Her drawings and photographs have formed three separate exhibitions at the Greek Consulate General in New York City. Read Dr. Schwab’s Profile.

 

723792053_fuam_about-us_rosalinda-rodriguez_200x250_07162021.jpg Rosalinda Rodriguez
Museum Assistant

Rosalinda Rodriguez graduated cum laude in 2021 from Fairfield University with a B.A. in Art History and a minor in Anthropology. As an undergraduate, Rosalinda interned at the Fairfield University Art Museum. In addition to her degree from Fairfield, Rosalinda received a Baking and Pastry Arts degree from the Institute of Culinary Education.

 

723792053_fuam_about-us_megan-paqua_200x250_07162021.jpgMegan 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 and an M.S. in Museums & Digital Culture from the Pratt Institute School of Information. While living in Egypt, she participated in archaeological fieldwork at the site of Tell el-Amarna with the Amarna Project. After returning to the US, she was the Permanent Collection Documentation Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2018-2019) and is currently the project registrar for the Westport Public Art Collection. She is also an adjunct in the Art History & Visual Culture in the Department of Visual & Performing Arts, teaching ancient Egyptian archaeology & art history.

 

473809945_fuam_about-us_carey-weber_200x250_03042020.jpgKate Wellen
Museum Educator

Kate Wellen received a B.A. in Art and Art History with a Studio Concentration from Colgate University and a M.A. in Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Kate taught art in the New York City public school system working primarily with middle school students. In addition to teaching, Kate has done arts related volunteer work with children of all ages and creates her own artwork.

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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