Calendar of Events

Family Day: Arts of Liberia – FUAM @ Bellarmine Hall, SmART classroom
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Please join us on Saturday, October 20, for Family Day: Arts of Liberia. Family Day activities include arts & crafts and a child friendly gallery tour designed for ages 4-10.

Session 1: 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Session 2: 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Please register number of children only.

Space is limited. If you are unable to attend, please unregister online or contact the museum at

Image: Gio/Dan, Xylophone, 1933 or earlier; collected by Alfred J. Tulk in Liberia, 1932-33. Wood, gourd, fiber, and cotton. Private collection.

Opening Lecture: Collateral Damage – FUAM @ Quick Center for the Arts, Kelley Theatre
Oct 25 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Syrian artist and architect Mohamad Hafez will present a lecture on the opening night of the exhibition Mohamad Hafez: Collateral Damage on October 25 at 5 p.m. in the Quick Center for the Arts’ Kelley Theatre. The exhibition will be on view in the Walsh Gallery through December 15, 2018.

Hafez was born in Damascus, raised in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and educated in the Midwestern United States. Expressing the internal juxtaposition of East and West, Hafez’ art reflects the political turmoil in the Middle East through the compilation of found objects, paint, and scrap metal. Drawing on his architectural training, Hafez creates surrealistic Middle Eastern streetscapes that are architectural in their appearance yet politically charged in content. This exhibition will feature a selection of Hafez’ work across multiple projects, including several pieces from his most recent series, Unpacked: Refugee Baggage. For this project, Hafez worked with Iraqi-born writer and speaker Ahmed Bahr to re-create rooms, homes, buildings, and landscapes that have suffered the ravages of war, embedding within them the voices and stories of real people – from Afghanistan, Congo, Syria, Iraq, and Sudan – who have escaped those same rooms and buildings to build a new life in America.

Image (detail): Mohamad Hafez, Hiraeth, 2017. Plaster, paint, rusted metal, found objects, rigid foam. 60 x 32 x 17 inches© Mohamad Hafez.

hiraeth (n.): a homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past

Day of the Dead Altar: A community project led by artist Yolanda Vásquez Petrocelli @ Art Museum at the University of Saint Joseph
Nov 1 – Nov 4 all-day

Join us in creating elements for a community altar to memorialize family and friends. November 1-3, participate in free workshops for families, students, and the community (pre-registration required). On November 4, join us from 2-4 p.m. for a reception and viewing of the final altar. For information and registration contact Rochelle Oakley at 860.231.5743 or

Family Day at the Art Museum, University of Saint Joseph @ Art Museum at the University of Saint Joseph
Nov 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

¡Bienvenida a las familias! Don’t miss this afternoon of Art Museum-based games and activities plus a Day of the Dead Altar workshop with artist Yolanda Vásquez Petrocelli. Family Day, planned in collaboration with the University’s School for Young Children, features activities for children of pre-school age and older. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Rochelle Oakley at 860.231.5743 or

Erika Doss, Ph.D. presents Uccello Lecture on Monuments and Memorials @ Art Museum at the University of Saint Joseph
Nov 4 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Dr. Erika Doss, Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN), will deliver the second of two Vincenza Uccello Fine Art Lectures at the University of Saint Joseph.  This lecture on Monuments and Memorials is being presented in conjunction with the Art Museum, USJ’s exhibition In Memoriam: Commemorative Works by Contemporary Artists. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 860.231.5743 or email

Arabic Calligraphy Workshop – FUAM @ Quick Center for the Arts, Walsh Gallery
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for an Arabic Calligraphy workshop led by Faraz Khan, an American Islamic calligrapher and 2015 artist-in-residence at the Arts Council of Princeton University on Monday, November 12 from 7 – 9:00 p.m. in the Walsh Gallery. Materials and instruction provided.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Mohamad Hafez: Collateral Damage.