Fairfield University Art Museum Plays Special Part in Centennial NEMA Conference

Fairfield University Art Museum To Host New England Museum Association Conference

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As the New England Museum Association's (NEMA) annual conference celebrates its 100th birthday, the Fairfield University Art Museum will present a panel discussion, give tours of current exhibitions, and host a dinner celebrating history and the arts in Fairfield, in collaboration with the Fairfield Museum and History Center.

The theme for the upcoming Centennial NEMA Conference to be held Nov. 7-9 is Museums on the Move — exploring how museums have evolved since the very first NEMA conference, and how they are positioning themselves for success in the century ahead.

This year the Fairfield University Art Museum will be participating in a special way on Thursday, November 8. First, the museum will host the College and University Museum Professional Affinity Group Lunch, followed by a tour for participants of the museum’s current exhibition, Liberia, 1931-33: The Collections of Alfred J. Tulk, given by guest curator Dr. Christopher Steiner. In the afternoon, the museum will present a panel discussion on "Faculty-Curated Exhibitions: Harnessing the Intellectual Capital on Your Campus." This session will encourage museums to reach out to their faculty, to have them curate exhibitions in their fields of expertise at university museums. Panel participants (Christopher B, Steiner, PhD, Connecticut College; Katherine Schwab, PhD, Fairfield University; Jennifer Kaye, PhD, Curator of Education, Yale Center for British Art; and Carey Weber, assistant director, Fairfield University Art Museum) will offer examples of successful collaborations, highlighting the mutual benefits as well as the challenges.

"Hosting an evening for the NEMA conference is a wonderful opportunity for us to share our galleries and current exhibitions with a large group of museum professionals from all over New England," said Carey Weber, assistant director of the Fairfield University Art Museum. "As a young museum, it's a privilege to have the chance to introduce ourselves, our collections, and our programs to this group."

In the evening on Nov. 8, the museum will collaborate with the Fairfield Museum and History Center to host a progressive dinner, Fun in Fairfield! A Two-Part Celebration of History and the Arts in Fairfield. Guests will start at the Fairfield Museum for a cocktail reception featuring light hors d’oeuvres and local music; they will see the recently restored historic properties on Fairfield’s adjacent Town Green, and enjoy the museum’s innovative exhibitions featuring Revolutionary Spies. Then they will move on to the Fairfield University Art Museum for a fall-themed buffet supper in the historic public rooms of Bellarmine Hall. After supper they will view Liberia, 1931-33: The Collections of Alfred J. Tulk and the museum's permanent collection. The final stop for the evening will be the museum’s Walsh Gallery for Mohamad Hafez: Collateral Damage and hot mulled cider and dessert.

On Friday, Nov. 9, Weber will be one of four members of the Connecticut Art Trail presenting a session at the conference on the unique history and evolution of CT Art Trail as 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. This session, entitled Leveraging Limited Assets: The Power of Collaboration, will offer helpful advice for other groups looking to collaborate to leverage their power as a collective.

Visit the Fairfield University Art Museum's website for news, events, and more information.

Learn more about the New England Museum Association's 2018 Conference.

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