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Museums at Fairfield University

Traveling Exhibitions

Sculpting of Posiedons Chest

An Archaeologist's Eye:
The Parthenon Drawings of Katherine A. Schwab



In 2005 the American art historian and archaeologist Katherine Schwab (b. 1954) began experimenting with graphite and pastel pencil on paper to develop a new method of recording her observations of the Parthenon east and north metopes. A tension emerges between what is preserved and what has been lost, creating a theme of presence within absence.

Schwab's drawings arise from the intersection of artistic ability and archaeological expertise. Through the process of drawing Schwab has made new observations and discoveries that have contributed to our larger understanding of the east and north metope series.

Her drawings are divided into three sections. The first includes 16 pastel and graphite drawings of the east metopes which has the theme of the Olympian gods fighting the Earthborn giants. The second section shows 12 graphite drawings of the Sacking of Troy. Seven graphite drawings comprise the third section, which is devoted to a selection of figures from the Parthenon pediments and frieze.

The exhibition is organized by the Bellarmine Museum of Art at Fairfield University, Creighton University (Omaha), and the Timken Museum of Art (San Diego).

Order the Exhibition Catalogue


 Read what The Washington Post had to say about the exhibition.


National Tour of Parthenon Drawings by Fairfield University Professor Opens in NYC 


Article on exhibition in Greek News Online


Watch an interview with Dr. Katherine Schwab and Ms. Amanda Dyer, Director, Forsyth Galleries, Texas A&M University, March 22, 2017.



Greek Consulate General in New York, 69 East 78th Street, New York, NY; January 16 to March 7, 2014

Greek Embassy, Washington, D.C.; April 14 to August 1, 2014

Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA; Sept. 13 – Dec. 7, 2014
Read about the University of Georgia's international symposium, Oct. 17-18 

Lied Art Gallery, Creighton University, Omaha, NE; February 21 – March 29, 2015

Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem, OR; November 7 – January 31, 2016

Timken Museum of Art, San Diego, CA; April 1 – June 5, 2016

Phillips Museum, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA; September 13 – December 9, 2016

University Art Galleries, Texas A & M, College Station, TX; January 20, 2017 - August 1, 2017

The Nashville Parthenon, Nashville, TN; January 13 - May 6, 2018

For more information, please contact:
Carey Mack Weber
Assistant Director
Fairfield University Art Museum
(203) 254-4000, ext. 2499

Rick Shaefer: The Refugee Trilogy

Rick Shaefer: The Refugee Trilogy



The Fairfield University Art Museum is pleased to present the inaugural exhibition of a monumental new series by artist Rick Shaefer created in response to the ongoing refugee crisis convulsing the globe. This three-piece suite is comprised of Land Crossing, dealing with the migration across foreign lands; Water Crossing, addressing the perilous journeys of refugees who take to the open seas; and Border Crossing, spotlighting the hostilities refugees face in seeking safe haven far from a violence-torn homeland. The trilogy employs the artistic lexicon of old master painting (specifically incorporating heroic figurative elements from works by Rubens and Géricault) to explore this contemporary crisis in a language both familiar and iconic. Such historical allusions underscore the tenacious persistence of this epic human tragedy throughout time, past and present.

In addition to the three triptychs, each executed in charcoal on vellum, the exhibition includes seventeen of Shaefer’s preparatory drawings for the series.

Audio clips were created by refugee and relocated youth, and their teachers, who found inspiration in Shaefer’s work. The participating students attended the Ubuntu Academy, a summer literacy lab hosted by the Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University that brings teachers and students together to write. Listen to our mobile app at cuseum.com/fuam.

Listen to an interview on WPKN with artist Rick Shaefer.


Read about the exhibition in Venü Magazine (pages 52–55).


Read the Hartford Courant’s coverage of the exhibition.


Read an article about the exhibition in the Stamford Advocate.



Fairfield University Art Museum, Walsh Gallery, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT; September 7 – October 22, 2016

Haggerty Museum, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI; October 5, 2017 – January 15, 2018

Brigham Young University Art Museum, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT; May 18, 2018 – September 29, 2018


For more information, please contact:

Carey Mack Weber
Assistant Director
Fairfield University Art Museum
(203) 254-4000, ext. 2499

1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, Connecticut 06824
(203) 254-4000