About the Exhibition

Curated by Phoebe Charpentier, Fairfield University ’23

This exhibition — the first in the Museum’s history to have been fully developed and curated by an undergraduate student — features more than 50 contemporary artworks by women artists, with an emphasis on works created with unusual techniques or media.

Among the works drawn from the Museum’s own collection are photographs by Laurie Simmons, Bea Nettles, and Donna Ferrato, sculpture by Linda Stein and Elaine Cameron-Weir, and prints by Althea-Murphy Price, Maya Freelon, and Sonya Clarke, as well as select loans from the Westport Public Art Collections (WestPAC) including sculpture by Niki Ketchman and Nina Bentley.

This exhibition has been generously supported by the Humanities Institute of Fairfield University

Image: Linda Stein, France Knights (Loire Valley), 2003, watercolor and graphite on paper. Gift of Marcy Syms Eclectic Art Collection, 2022. © Linda Stein, Courtesy of the artist and Have Art Will Travel Inc.

Explore the Exhibition

Browse Selected Images

In Their Element(s): Women Artists Across Media

Virtual Tour


Events listed below with a location are live, in-person programs. When possible, those events will also be streamed on thequicklive.com and the recordings posted to our YouTube channel.


Opening Lecture: In Their Element(s): Women Artists Across Media

Thursday, April 20, 5 p.m.

Phoebe Charpentier ‘22, curator of the exhibition
Bellarmine Hall, Diffley Board Room

Opening Reception: In Their Element(s): Women Artists Across Media

Thursday, April 20, 6-8 p.m.

Bellarmine Hall Galleries and Great Hall

Art in Focus: Ethel Fisher, Room on East 89th Street, 1965, oil on linen

Thursday, May 4, 11 a.m. (in person) and 12 noon (streaming)

Bellarmine Hall Galleries

Lecture: Women of the Westport Public Art Collections

Tuesday, June 6, 5 p.m.

Ive Covaci, PhD and Kathie Bennewitz
Diffley Board Room and streaming on thequicklive.com

Additional Information

Bellarmine Hall Galleries and Walsh Gallery Hours:

Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. We are closed for national and university holidays and during inclement weather.


The FUAM's main galleries are located on the lower level of Bellarmine Hall. For GPS please use the following address: 200 Barlow Road, Fairfield, CT 06824 (or click the map at right for directions).


Free 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.


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