Education and Public Programming

The museum is currently expanding its educational and outreach programming. Students and educators are always welcome, as are members of the general public. Groups of eight or more are kindly requested to call in advance to make a reservation at (203) 254-4000, ext. 4046 or e-mail at museum@fairfield.edu. Families are invited to the BMA on select Saturdays for special enrichment activities, see below. Please refer to the calendar for more details.

Edwin L. Weisl, Jr. Lectureships in Art History, 2013-2014

September 25, 2013 - Lecture by Dr. Bruce Bernstein, Independent Curator (formerly Executive Director, Southwestern Association for Indian Arts and Assistant Director for Collections and Research, National Museum of the American Indian), Pueblo Pottery from the American Southwest, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Diffley Board Room (in conjunction with Fire and Earth: Native American Pottery from New Mexican Pueblos at the Bellarmine Museum of Art, June 27 - October 3, 2013)

October 28, 2013 - Lecture by Dr. Jenifer Neils, Case Western Reserve University, Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History with a secondary appointment in Classics, Athenian Identity and the Athena Parthenos Shield, 5:00-6:00 p.m., DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Multi-Media Room

November 11, 2013 - Catherine Puglisi, Professor and Chair of the Department of Art History at Rutgers University, The Man of Sorrows, 5:00-6:00 p.m., DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Multi-Media Room (in conjunction with The Collectors’ Cabinet: Renaissance and Baroque Masterworks from the Arnold & Seena Davis Collection, at the Bellarmine Museum, October 11, 2013 - January 10, 2014)

February 25, 2014 - Gallery Talk by Dr. Eric Denker/National Gallery of Art, Senior Lecturer. American Artists in Early 20th-Century Venice, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Diffley Board Room in conjunction with the exhibition, Reflections and Undercurrents: Ernest Roth and Printmaking in Venice (Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery, January 22 - April 4, 2014), and In the Wake of the Butterfly: James Abbott McNeill Whistler and his Circle in Venice (at the Bellarmine Museum of Art, January 22 - April 4, 2014)

April 10, 2014 - Lecture by Bill Gudenrath/Resident Advisor, Corning Museum Of Glass. Venetian Glassmaking Techniques. 5:00-6:00 p.m., Diffley Board Room in conjunction with the exhibition, La Ragnatela/The Spiderweb: Works by Giampaolo Seguso from the Corning Museum of Glass (at the Bellarmine Museum of Art, April 10 - June 13, 2014)

These lectures are all made possible through the generosity of the Robert Lehman Foundation and the Edwin L. Weisl, Jr. Lectureships in Art History series.

The museum is currently expanding its educational and outreach programming. Students and educators are always welcome, as are members of the general public. Groups of eight or more are kindly requested to call in advance to make a reservation at (203) 254-4000, ext. 4046 or e-mail at museum@fairfield.edu. Families are invited to the BMA on select Saturdays for special enrichment activities, see below. Please refer to the calendar for more details.

K-12 Educators

School groups are required to make a reservation. A contribution of $3 per child is requested for groups of 10 or more (payable at the time of visit). Adult supervision is required for all school groups: 1 adult chaperone per every 8 children must accompany the students at all times.

The Bellarmine Museum of Art is committed to working with local schools and their educators to create collaborative programs that balance visual thinking skills with curricular mandates and standards.

Teachers and educators interested in planning activities are invited to contact the museum directly at (203) 254-4046 or e-mail at museum@fairfield.edu.

Family Days

Family Days will be held five times during the 2014-15 academic year. Free and open to all, these are generally held on the Second Saturday of the month. The calendar and themes for 2014-15 are as follows:

Saturday, October 4 - Art & Animals
Saturday, November 8 - Street Art
Saturday, March 14 - Exploring Expressionism
Saturday, April 11 - Daily Life in Ancient Greece
Saturday, June 6 - Ruffs & Cuffs: Costume & Culture in Renaissance Art

On these Saturdays, the museum is open to the general public from 12-5 p.m. with activities for children and families from 1-4 p.m. Join us for drop-in craft activities, child-friendly gallery talks, and story time in the museum.