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, and a collection of over 100,000 slides. 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. The VRC is actively engaged in building a digital image library. The nascent digital collection used in conjunction with the University's subscription to ARTstor, an online repository of over 1,000,000 digital images, is being used daily for the teaching of art history.
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
- 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
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.
The following two photography exhibitions originated at Fairfield University and are available for rental:
- The Creative Photograph in Archaeology
- Photographs of the Athenian Acropolis: The Restoration Project
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)