Calendar of Events

May
31
Thu
Art Making for Social Change @ Quick Center for the Arts, Wien Experimental Theatre
May 31 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

On Thursday, May 31, the opening night for the exhibition #UNLOAD: Guns in the Hands of Artists will begin at 5 p.m. with a panel discussion, Art Making for Social Change, moderated by Helen Klisser During, co-founder and Artistic Director of #UNLOAD, in the Wien Experimental Theatre in the Quick Center for the Arts.

Panel of exhibition artists includes:

  • Exhibition organizer, gallerist and artist Jonathan Ferrara
  • Margaret Evangeline
  • Bradley McCallum
  • Paul Villinski

The panel discussion will be directly followed by the opening reception and viewing of the exhibition.

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

Opening Reception for #UNLOAD: Guns in the Hands of Artists @ Walsh Gallery, Quick Center for the Arts
May 31 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

#UNLOAD: Guns in the Hands of Artists will be on view at the Fairfield University Art Museum’s Walsh Gallery from June 1 – October, 2018; an Opening Reception will take place on Thursday, May 31, at 6:00 p.m. in the Walsh Gallery in the Quick Center for the Arts. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

The Fairfield University Art Museum, in partnership with #UNLOAD and the Guns In The Hands of Artists Foundation, is proud to announce the opening of the exhibition, #UNLOAD: Guns in the Hands of Artists. Each piece in the exhibition was created using decommissioned guns, taken off the streets of New Orleans via a gun buyback program and distributed to internationally-known artists. Painters, glass artists, sculptors, photographers, poets, and other artists used the decommissioned firearms to create works of art that address the complex issue of guns and gun violence. The exhibition originated in mid-1990s New Orleans, where a spiking murder rate led artist Brian Borrello to conceive of the first iteration of the Guns in the Hands of Artists exhibition by bringing the discussion over the role of guns and gun violence in our society into the realm of art — art as the language for dialogue and possibly change without the often partisan and polarized politics that surround the issue. Borrello and gallery owner Jonathan Ferrara mounted this exhibition at Positive Space The Gallery in September 1996 in the Lower Garden District of New Orleans. In 2014, Ferrara revisited the exhibition featuring new work by internationally recognized artists. Through their own medium, each artist has used the decommissioned firearms to create works that express a thought, make a statement, open a discussion, and stimulate thinking about guns in our culture.

This exhibition is a part of #UNLOAD, an arts-based initiative in Connecticut that seeks to drive consensus around the divisive issue of gun violence. Visit the unloadusa.org website for more information about the many events taking place across the state in 2018 that will engage our communities in vibrant dialogue about this important issue. #UNLOAD and the Fairfield University Art Museum believe in the power of the arts to ignite change in society.

In collaboration with the Guns in the Hands of Artists Foundation, #UNLOAD, and the Quick Center for the Arts, the museum hopes to engage partners and collaborators in taking a hard look at the serious public health consequences of gun violence in America. Please check back here often as additional programming is in the works! We hope that the exhibition and the events presented in conjunction with it will offer unique opportunities to engage in the conversation about guns in our society, using art as the catalyst for dialogue.

Image © Luis Cruz Azaceta, courtesy of Jonathan Ferrara Gallery

Sep
12
Wed
Gun Violence in Connecticut: Realities and Paths Forward @ 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:

  • Bret Peterkin, Statewide coordinator, DOJ Project Longevity
  • Reverend Anthony Bennett, Co-Chair, 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

Sep
20
Thu
Conversation: Gun Violence as Public Health Crisis @ Barone Campus Center, Oak Room
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Fairfield University Art Museum will host a panel discussion moderated by Rep. Jim Himes titled Gun Violence as Public Health Crisis on Thursday, September 20 at 6 p.m. in the Oak Room of the Barone Campus Center at Fairfield University.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Patrick Kelley, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Egan School of Nursing and Founder, Forum on Global Violence Prevention, National Academies of Science
  • U.S. Senator Chris Murphy [to be confirmed]
  • LaToya Cantrell, Mayor-elect of New Orleans [to be confirmed]

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

Image (detail) © Ron Bechet, courtesy of Jonathan Ferrara Gallery