Welcome to the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery
The Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery of Fairfield University is committed to fostering engagement, education, and leisure-time entertainment through the arts. It achieves these ends by providing visitors from across Fairfield County and beyond with opportunities to engage directly with original works of art. The Gallery, which mounts four temporary exhibitions each year, is a dynamic forum, providing a place for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience art and innovation while simultaneously creating new opportunities for inspired learning, creativity, collaboration, and accessibility.
The Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery opened its doors to the public in April of 1990 with Founding Director and Professor of Art History, Dr. Philip Eliasoph at the helm. The spacious contemporary gallery is housed in the Quick Center for the Arts, which since its inception has welcomed tens of thousands of visitors with a full array of art, music, dance, theater, and film programming. With its soaring ceiling and dramatic visual axes and site lines, the gallery has become an exceptionally appreciated venue by artist and art lovers alike.
Its inaugural exhibition was, "Defining Modernism: Art of the 20th Century," which was reviewed by the New York Times. Vivien Raynor wrote: "With this exhibition, the Walsh assumes a missionary role that is not inappropriate for a Jesuit campus, even though the word brought is not of God." Eliasoph served as the gallery's director for six years. He passed the mantle to Dr. Diana Mille in 1996 - she in turn served as Director until 2011. After Mille's departure, the Director of the Quick Center, Gary Wood, stepped in, and in 2013, Dr. Jill Deupi, (also Director of the Bellarmine Museum of Art at Fairfield) took over the responsibilities. Dr. Deupi looks forward to continuing the strong tradition, built over more than twenty years, of exhibiting modern and contemporary art for the greater Fairfield community.
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Reflections and Undercurrents: Ernest Roth and Printmaking in Venice, 1900-1940
January 23 - April 4, 2014
Reflections & Undercurrents features prints by the German-born American painter and etcher Ernest Roth (1879-1964) and his contemporaries, including John Taylor Arms (1887-1953) and Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), exploring the connections between the art they made in early 20th-century Venice. The exhibition includes over ninety works and embraces a range of media, including etchings, drawings, sketchbooks, and photographs as well as Roth's original print making tools. Organized by Dr. Eric Denker (Senior Lecturer, National Gallery of Art) and Dr. Philip Earenfight (Director, Trout Gallery, Dickinson College), this show complements In the Wake of the Butterfly: Whistler and His Circle in Venice, on view concurrently at the Bellarmine Museum of Art.
To more fully experience this exhibition, you are invited to download a PDF here. In it you will find an interactive map, which will allow you to explore the prints highlighted in these shows and to see images of what locations caputred in these works look like today. You can also listen to audio tours and watch a short video, featuring Dr. Eric Denker discussing a selection of objects featured in Reflections & Undercurrents.
LECTURE: American Artists in Early 20th-Century Venice by Dr. Eric Denker, February 25, 2014, 5-6 p.m., Diffley Board Room, Bellarmine Hall
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Reflections & Undercurrents: Ernest Roth and Printmaking in Venice, 1900-1940
Jason Peters: Refraction
April 24 - June 27, 2014
Fascinated by the destabilization of perception, Jason Peters creates illusory spaces and alternative realities through his work. Intentionally designed to trigger a cathartic sense of the sublime in his viewers, the artist amasses vast quantities of discarded objects from everyday life that he then reconfigures in surprisingly unexpected ways. The results lift these "societal casts-offs" — including contractor's buckets, fluorescent lighting tubes, and metal chair frames — beyond the bounds of ordinary physical existence. In doing so, Peters invites the viewer to see beauty where before there was refuse, to experience flux where before there was stasis, and to experience a focused calm where before there was alarm. In this exhibition, the artist will create several site-specific installations, one of which will respond directly to works on view in La Ragnatela: The Spiderweb Works by Giampaolo Seguso from the Corning Museum of Glass (on view at the Bellarmine Museum of Art, April 10 – June 13, 2014).