Calendar of Events

Apr
24
Tue
Lecture Series: Going for Baroque (Fiona Garland) – FUAM @ Bellarmine Hall, Museum Classroom
Apr 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The term “Baroque” was first used by critics who saw 17th-century art and architecture as a bizarre offshoot of the Renaissance—a style they considered too flamboyant and ostentatious. Today, however, we clamor to see Caravaggio’s paintings and swoon in front of Bernini’s sculptures. Join Fiona Garland for this three-part lecture series, Going for Baroque: Art in Rome in the Age of Bernini and Caravaggio, where we will dive into the theatricality and sensuality of the Roman Baroque, and explore its religious spirituality and asceticism. Together we will experience the sheer exuberance that makes Baroque art so compelling!

Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. April 24, May 1, May 8, 2018

May
1
Tue
Lecture Series: Going for Baroque (Fiona Garland) – FUAM @ Bellarmine Hall, Museum Classroom
May 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The term “Baroque” was first used by critics who saw 17th-century art and architecture as a bizarre offshoot of the Renaissance—a style they considered too flamboyant and ostentatious. Today, however, we clamor to see Caravaggio’s paintings and swoon in front of Bernini’s sculptures. Join Fiona Garland for this three-part lecture series, Going for Baroque: Art in Rome in the Age of Bernini and Caravaggio, where we will dive into the theatricality and sensuality of the Roman Baroque, and explore its religious spirituality and asceticism. Together we will experience the sheer exuberance that makes Baroque art so compelling!

Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. April 24, May 1, May 8, 2018

Bernini’s Rome: The Eternal Feast @ Barone Campus Center, Dogwood Room
May 1 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Charles Scribner, Art Historian and Author, will present a lecture titled Bernini’s Rome: The Eternal Feast on Tuesday, May 1, at 5:00 p.m. in the Dogwood Room in the Barone Campus Center at Fairfield University.

This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Holy Name. Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age.

PARKING INFO:
Parking is available in the Kelley Parking Garage. If you enter campus through the gates at 1073 North Benson Road, the parking garage will be on the right before you reach the traffic circle. Barone Campus Center is next to the gym across the street from the parking garage.
Parking is also available in front of Bellarmine Hall.
View the campus map at www.fairfield.edu/directions/campusmap/ .

May
5
Sat
2018 May Market, Home, Garden & Gourmet at HillStead @ Hill-Stead Museum
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Farmington, CT – One of the Farmington Valley’s finest and longest-running springtime celebrations returns to Hill-Stead Museum on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6.

“Our Saturday-Sunday format will allow visitors plenty of time to get their Mother’s Day shopping done,” says Membership Manager Kirsten Fuchs. “Shop for Mom while finding fresh, fun updates for the patio, garden, kitchen and more. May Market’s two-day ticket and additional indoor spaces truly make this a rain or shine event.”

May Market features premium exhibitors, rare and unusual plants, live entertainment, children’s activities, gourmet food, demonstrations and open house tours of Hill-Stead’s Impressionist masterpieces! This annual benefit event supports Hill-Stead’s beautiful grounds, gardens and trails.

Special Features:

Hops & Vines, a Tasting in the Garden (21+ Event)

Your May Market admission includes a free tasting of some of Connecticut’s most popular and up-and-coming wineries, craft breweries and distilleries! This event is brought to us by Hill-Stead’s Impressionists Council, a group of young professionals who share a love of art, culture and philanthropy.

Theodate’s Gallery

A booth for art lovers, selling a variety of donated artwork at very attractive prices.

Shopping

May Market will host dozens of select “home, garden, and gourmet” exhibitors in a large festival tent on the west lawn and throughout the historic buildings and grounds.

Hill-Stead volunteers will offer their much-anticipated and fine selection of unique perennials sourced from leading local nurseries, Hill-Stead’s own Sunken Garden and gardening friends. Treasure hunters should be sure to visit Theodate’s Attic to enjoy a large selection of donated linens, artwork, glassware, gardening books, jewelry and more, while art lovers will enjoy browsing donated artwork at Theodate’s Gallery.

An additional climate-controlled, indoor venue, The Makeshift Theater, will showcase a limited number of premium exhibitors throughout the weekend. See beautiful bouquets, jewelry, artisan basketry, home furnishings, original art, Hill-Stead’s selection of children’s toys and more.

Family Time!

May Market offers a full schedule of children’s activities from 11am-3pm both days, including free Mother’s Day gift-making at Hill-Stead’s Education Station, scavenger hunts, a visit with Hill-Stead’s lambs, kid-friendly food and live music.

Live Demonstrations…TBA

Inside the Museum – Special Exhibition: Golfing at Hill-Stead

Tour the museum at your leisure and learn about the museum’s masterpieces with a printed program and Museum guides in each room to answer questions. Linger over famous paintings by Monet, Manet, Degas, Whistler and Mary Cassatt. Art lovers and experts alike will delight in seeing these masterpieces in their beautifully appointed, historic setting.

A Benefit Event

May Market helps to support the museum’s 152 acres of beautiful gardens, grounds and trails. Underwritten by 2018 Presenting Sponsor, Simsbury Bank, and organized by the museum’s dedicated Hill-Steaders volunteers as a benefit event, May Market earned Yankee Magazine’s “Editor’s Choice – Top 20 Event” recognition in 2014 and 2015.

Tickets

Two-day admission tickets are $15 advance/on-line or $20 at the gate. (Children under 18 are FREE). For tickets and more information, visit www.hillstead.org.

Presenting Sponsor: Simsbury Bank

May
6
Sun
2018 May Market, Home, Garden & Gourmet at HillStead @ Hill-Stead Museum
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Farmington, CT – One of the Farmington Valley’s finest and longest-running springtime celebrations returns to Hill-Stead Museum on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6.

“Our Saturday-Sunday format will allow visitors plenty of time to get their Mother’s Day shopping done,” says Membership Manager Kirsten Fuchs. “Shop for Mom while finding fresh, fun updates for the patio, garden, kitchen and more. May Market’s two-day ticket and additional indoor spaces truly make this a rain or shine event.”

May Market features premium exhibitors, rare and unusual plants, live entertainment, children’s activities, gourmet food, demonstrations and open house tours of Hill-Stead’s Impressionist masterpieces! This annual benefit event supports Hill-Stead’s beautiful grounds, gardens and trails.

Special Features:

Hops & Vines, a Tasting in the Garden (21+ Event)

Your May Market admission includes a free tasting of some of Connecticut’s most popular and up-and-coming wineries, craft breweries and distilleries! This event is brought to us by Hill-Stead’s Impressionists Council, a group of young professionals who share a love of art, culture and philanthropy.

Theodate’s Gallery

A booth for art lovers, selling a variety of donated artwork at very attractive prices.

Shopping

May Market will host dozens of select “home, garden, and gourmet” exhibitors in a large festival tent on the west lawn and throughout the historic buildings and grounds.

Hill-Stead volunteers will offer their much-anticipated and fine selection of unique perennials sourced from leading local nurseries, Hill-Stead’s own Sunken Garden and gardening friends. Treasure hunters should be sure to visit Theodate’s Attic to enjoy a large selection of donated linens, artwork, glassware, gardening books, jewelry and more, while art lovers will enjoy browsing donated artwork at Theodate’s Gallery.

An additional climate-controlled, indoor venue, The Makeshift Theater, will showcase a limited number of premium exhibitors throughout the weekend. See beautiful bouquets, jewelry, artisan basketry, home furnishings, original art, Hill-Stead’s selection of children’s toys and more.

Family Time!

May Market offers a full schedule of children’s activities from 11am-3pm both days, including free Mother’s Day gift-making at Hill-Stead’s Education Station, scavenger hunts, a visit with Hill-Stead’s lambs, kid-friendly food and live music.

Live Demonstrations…TBA

Inside the Museum – Special Exhibition: Golfing at Hill-Stead

Tour the museum at your leisure and learn about the museum’s masterpieces with a printed program and Museum guides in each room to answer questions. Linger over famous paintings by Monet, Manet, Degas, Whistler and Mary Cassatt. Art lovers and experts alike will delight in seeing these masterpieces in their beautifully appointed, historic setting.

A Benefit Event

May Market helps to support the museum’s 152 acres of beautiful gardens, grounds and trails. Underwritten by 2018 Presenting Sponsor, Simsbury Bank, and organized by the museum’s dedicated Hill-Steaders volunteers as a benefit event, May Market earned Yankee Magazine’s “Editor’s Choice – Top 20 Event” recognition in 2014 and 2015.

Tickets

Two-day admission tickets are $15 advance/on-line or $20 at the gate. (Children under 18 are FREE). For tickets and more information, visit www.hillstead.org.

Presenting Sponsor: Simsbury Bank

May
8
Tue
Lecture Series: Going for Baroque (Fiona Garland) – FUAM @ Bellarmine Hall, Museum Classroom
May 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The term “Baroque” was first used by critics who saw 17th-century art and architecture as a bizarre offshoot of the Renaissance—a style they considered too flamboyant and ostentatious. Today, however, we clamor to see Caravaggio’s paintings and swoon in front of Bernini’s sculptures. Join Fiona Garland for this three-part lecture series, Going for Baroque: Art in Rome in the Age of Bernini and Caravaggio, where we will dive into the theatricality and sensuality of the Roman Baroque, and explore its religious spirituality and asceticism. Together we will experience the sheer exuberance that makes Baroque art so compelling!

Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. April 24, May 1, May 8, 2018

May
17
Thu
Art in Focus: Giov. Batt. Gaulli, Painted Model for the Apse of the Gesù – FUAM @ Bellarmine Hall, Bellarmine Hall Galleries
May 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Each event in our Art in Focus series offers an opportunity for an hour of close looking and informal discussion around a single work of art, led by Curator of Education Michelle DiMarzo. On May 17, we’ll be looking at this unusual three-dimensional painted model by Gaulli for the apse fresco in the church of the Gesù in Rome. This extraordinary object comes to us on loan from the church itself for the exhibition The Holy Name. Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age (February 2 – May 19, 2018).

Join us for the opportunity to engage deeply with this work of art in a relaxed atmosphere. Reserve your seat now!

Image: Giovanni Battista Gaulli, Painted Model for the Apse Fresco of the Gesù, 1690. Oil on paper, laid down on wood. Church of the Gesù, Rome (museum). Photo © Zeno Colantoni.

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