Calendar of Events

Plein Air Painting @ The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Aug 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Experience The Aldrich’s Sculpture Garden as you never have before with Noah Steinman, artist and Aldrich Educator! Experiment with acrylic and watercolor paint in this outdoor workshop that celebrates summer, nature, and the long standing tradition of making art outdoors.

See Ya, Summer! It’s a Sleepover @ The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Aug 25 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 26 @ 9:00 am

It’s still summer at The Aldrich! Grab a friend and your sleeping bag and join us for an overnight adventure filled with art, fun, games, and friendship. Museum Educators will host an evening of art-making, gallery games, and more. Pizza dinner and light breakfast included. Spots are limited for this exciting program, register early to secure your place. Questions? Please contact Noah Steinman, Coordinator of Public and Academic Programs, at, or 203.438.4519, extension 127.

Ages 7 to 11

Nature Writing Workshop @ Weir Farm National Historic Site @ Weir Farm National Historic Site
Sep 8 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Introducing Nature Writing at Weir Farm National Historic Site! Join us for an introduction to nature writing and enjoy an opportunity to write in the landscape which inspired three generations of artists. In this workshop, you will learn a bit of nature writing history, become familiar with some of the genre’s well-known authors, and connect with the beauty of Weir Farm National Historic Site through your own writing experience. Please bring paper and pen which will inspire your creativity! Participants will be writing outdoors for approximately an hour, so please bring whatever seating arrangement will be most comfortable for you (blanket, chair, etc.).

Registration is free, but space is limited, so please call early to secure a spot! To register or for more information, please call 203-834-1896 ext. 28.

Gun Violence in Connecticut: Realities and Paths Forward – FUAM @ Quick Center for the Arts, Wien Experimental Theatre
Sep 12 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Fairfield University Art Museum will host a panel discussion titled Gun Violence in Connecticut: Realities and Paths Forward on Wednesday, September 12 at 5 p.m. in the Wien Experimental Theatre in the Quick Center for the Arts.

Panelists include:

  • Brent Peterkin, Statewide coordinator, DOJ Project Longevity
  • Matt McDermott, Executive Director, Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut (CONECT)
  • Jeremy Stein, Executive Director, Connecticut Against Gun Violence

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition #UNLOAD: Guns in the Hands of Artists.

Image (detail) © Generic Art Solutions, courtesy of Jonathan Ferrara Gallery

“African Art in Transit” Lecture by Christopher Steiner – FUAM @ Bellarmine Hall, Diffley Board Room
Sep 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Dr. Christopher B. Steiner, Lucy C. McDannel ’22 Professor of Art History and Anthropology at Connecticut College and Guest Curator of the exhibition Liberia 1931-33: The Collections of Alfred J. Tulk will present a lecture entitled African Art in Transiton Thursday, September 13 at 5:00 p.m. in the Diffley Board Room. The lecture will be immediately followed by the exhibition opening from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Bellarmine Hall Galleries. The exhibition runs from September 14 through December 14, 2018.

Image: Bead Necklace with Brass (Gio, Liberia). Brass, glass, fiber, copper, and iron. Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University

Opening Reception: Liberia, 1931-33: The Collections of Alfred J. Tulk – FUAM @ Bellarmine Hall, Great Hall and Bellarmine Hall Galleries
Sep 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Liberia, 1931-33: The Collections of Alfred J. Tulk will be on view at the Fairfield University Art Museum from September 14 – December 14, 2018; an Opening Reception will take place on Thursday, September 13, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Fairfield University Art Museum, Bellarmine Hall. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

In 1931, Connecticut artist Alfred J. Tulk and his wife Ethel traveled to rural Liberia, where they spent a year living and working at the American Methodist mission station in Ganta. During his time in Liberia, Tulk assembled a small but important collection of masks, statues, and other objects of daily use and material culture, including jewelry and serving spoons. He also made a series of charcoal portrait drawings and oil paintings that featured local subjects from the region around Ganta. This exhibition brings a number of pieces from Tulk’s now-dispersed collection together with some of his own artwork as well as artifacts from his travels, including photographs, selected correspondence, and a copy of his original handwritten field diary. By situating the objects Tulk collected within the cultural context of their origin and use—ranging from daily activities to specialized ritual functions—the exhibition offers a unique lens onto the cultures of northeastern Liberia during the early decades of the 20th century. Because Tulk brought back a mix of both “authentic” and “tourist” art, the exhibition also explores the issue of commodification and the art market amid the changing socio-economic landscape of rural Liberia, as West African artists not only responded to the increasing Western interest in African art objects, but also incorporated new materials such as aluminum into “traditional” aesthetic forms.

Born in London in 1899, Tulk studied art at Oberlin Art College and then Yale University, where he earned his B.A. in 1923. He is best known for his public mural paintings, stained glass windows, and mosaics, many of which he completed during his tenure at the Rambusch Decorating Company in New York City. Between 1925 and 1954, he painted over 300 large murals for theatres, churches, hotels, restaurants, and private homes in the United States.

The exhibition is curated by Dr. Christopher B. Steiner, Lucy C. McDannel ‘22 Professor of Art History and Anthropology at Connecticut College, and includes loans from the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology of Harvard University, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the collection of Louis T. Wells, and other private collections.

Image: Koranic Writing Board (Mandingo, Liberia). Pigment on wood. Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University.