Art History - Resources
The Mutrux Visual Resources Collection (VRC) is the primary visual teaching resource and laboratory for the Art History Program, with state-of-the-art computer and digital imaging equipment. Many majors in the program like to work here for an insider's perspective on the teaching of art history and the Visual Resources profession.
Opened in 1990, the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery establishes direct and active connections with students and faculty in the Art History Program. As a practical study laboratory and host to diverse exhibitions and lectures, the gallery is a significant and visible symbol of the importance of the visual arts at Fairfield University.
Opened in October of 2010, the museum is housed on the lower level of historic Bellarmine Hall, and features:
- the Kress Collection of Italian Paintings
- select works from the Metropolitan Museum of Art Plaster Cast Collection at Fairfield. View pictures of them on display in Loyola Hall, room 14
- an important loan of Byzantine, Medieval and Renaissance art from the Department of Medieval Art and the Cloisters Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
- selections from the University's growing collection of art from Asia, Africa, and the Americas
- 3-4 special exhibitions per year
The Japanese Garden at Bellarmine Hall was designed in 1926 by Arthur Asahel Shurcliff for the Walter B. Lasher family. Students are welcome to walk the paths and enjoy this charming outdoor space.
Regularly scheduled lectures, conferences, and symposia bring visiting scholars and artists to the campus, greatly adding to the depth of the Art History Program. Explore recent and upcoming events on the Bellarmine Museum calendar.
The following two photography exhibitions were organized by Fairfield University and traveled to venues around the country.
- The Creative Photograph in Archaeology (no longer available)
- Photographs of the Athenian Acropolis: The Restoration Project (no longer available)
- An Archaeologist's Eye: The Parthenon Drawings of Katherine A. Schwab (available - more information)
Regional Museums and Galleries
The galleries and museums of New York City are just an hour away by train. Nearby Connecticut museums include the:
- Bruce Museum (Greenwich)
- Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art (Ridgefield)
- Wadsworth Atheneum (Hartford)
- Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven)
- Yale Center for British Art (New Haven)