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) encompasses galleries for the permanent collection and rotating exhibitions in Bellarmine Hall, and the Walsh Gallery for larger special exhibitions in the Quick Center for the Arts. It 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. The small but choice permanent collection features European and American paintings, drawings, prints and photographs, as well as a group of Asian, African and Pre-Columbian objects. This is augmented by antiquities and medieval objects on long-term loan 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. Exhibitions showcase works of art in all media from a broad swathe of time periods and world cultures, ancient to contemporary. FUAM partners with local schools and cultural institutions and serves 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.

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

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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:
1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824 - Enter through the University gates, and continue straight to the traffic circle. Take the first exit in the traffic circle, then bear left at the fork. At the stop sign at the top of the hill, turn right onto Fitzgerald Way and proceed toward Bellarmine Hall.

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

Linda Wolk-Simon Linda Wolk-Simon
Frank and Clara Meditz Director and Chief Curator

Dr. Linda Wolk-Simon comes to Fairfield after 25 years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where, from 1986 to 2011 she served in many posts, including curator, Department of Drawings and Prints. Prior to that she was the assistant curator of the Robert Lehman Collection at the Metropolitan, a diverse collection of paintings, sculpture, textiles, glass, ceramics and old master drawings. While at The Met, she organized a highly attended Raphael exhibition and was co-curator of the well-received Art and Love in Renaissance Italy.

Dr. Wolk-Simon specializes in European art of the 15 th-19 th century with a concentration on the Italian Renaissance, and has published extensively in her field. She has lectured at museums around the country and spoken at conferences in Europe and the United States. She was also an associate editor and reviews editor of the quarterly scholarly journal Master Drawings for several years. Most recently, she spent two years as the Charles W. Engelhard Curator and Department Head at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City, where she organized a critically acclaimed exhibition on Degas, and was responsible for implementing and directing the Morgan Drawing Institute, a research center devoted to fostering scholarship in the field of old master and modern drawings.

Dr. Wolk-Simon holds a Ph.D. in History of Art and a B.A., summa cum laude, both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
lwolk-simon@fairfield.edu

 

Carey Weber Carey Mack Weber
Assistant 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 a decade working in fine art galleries in New York City. Starting as a registrar and quickly rising to gallery director, Carey mastered all aspects of the care, handling, and documentation of art objects. 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. She assists Dr. Wolk-Simon in managing all aspects of the Fairfield University Art Museum. Carey also 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.
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

 

 

 

Lauren Williams Lauren C. Williams
Museum Assistant

Lauren C. Williams
 is a New Jersey native and a recent graduate of Brown University with a B.A. in Classics. Her museum experience includes internships at the Portland Museum of Art and at the American Academy in Rome, Archaeological Collection.
lwilliams@fairfield.edu

 

 

 

 

Sara Cantor Sarah Cantor
Kress Interpretive Fellow

Dr. Sarah Cantor completed her Ph.D. at the University of Maryland in 2013. Her dissertation examined the intersections between landscape painting and antiquarian culture in 17th-century Rome. She has held curatorial and research fellowships at the National Gallery of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, and St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She has published essays on landscape painting and has contributed to multiple exhibition and collection catalogues on old master and modern drawings. Sarah has been the recipient of several fellowships, including a Fulbright grant at the Biblioteca Hertziana and a fellowship in Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks. In addition to curatorial work, she has taught upper-level courses on 17th-century European art and the intersections between art and science at the University of Maryland and worked as an adjunct assistant professor for several years at University of Maryland University College, teaching online classes.

 

 

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

 

 

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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