Calendar of Events

Opening Reception: Out of the Kress Vaults and Specimens and Reflections @ Bellarmine Hall
Sep 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us after the opening lecture for light refreshments in the Great Hall!

Join us as we celebrate the opening of Out of the Kress Vaults: Women in Sacred Renaissance Painting and Specimens and Reflections, both on view in the Bellarmine Hall Galleries from September 16-December 17, 2022. Light refreshments will be served in the Great Hall of Bellarmine Hall. The Bellarmine Hall Galleries will also be open until 8 p.m.


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About the exhibitions:

Out of the Kress Vaults: Women in Sacred Renaissance Painting and Specimens and Reflections

The exhibition explores representations of femininity and virtue in Italian Renaissance paintings of the Virgin Mary, female saints, and nuns. This exhibition is the first in the museum’s history to be co-curated with Fairfield University students. Taking inspiration from two paintings of the Madonna and Child in the museum’s own Samuel H. Kress Collection, students in Dr. Michelle DiMarzo’s art history seminar developed the exhibition by examining Kress collections at other institutions, with an emphasis on works typically held in storage.

Specimens and Reflections

Digitally manipulated photographic panoramas of the interiors of Roman churches by Claudia Esslinger (Professor of Art, Kenyon College) are accompanied by the poetry of Royal Rhodes ‘68 (Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, Kenyon College) in this unique exhibition that explores the intersection of word and image.

Opening Lecture: Gladys Triana: A Path to Enlightenment/Beyond Exile @ Dolan School of Business - Dolan Event Space
Sep 24 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us for an opening night lecture to celebrate the opening of Gladys Triana: A Path to Enlightenment/Beyond Exile, on view in the Walsh Gallery from September 23-December 17, 2022. Adriana Herrera, PhD, curator of the exhibition will introduce the exhibition. A reception with light refreshments will follow at 6 p.m in the lobby of the Quick Center for the Arts. The Walsh Gallery will also be open until 8 p.m.

We invite you to join the conversation via the following options:

  • In person in the Dolan Event Space of the Dolan School of Business
  • Streaming via

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About the exhibition: Gladys Triana is a Cuban-born, New-York-based, multi-disciplinary artist whose work rebels against authoritarian rule, domination, and power. She explores themes related to the historical struggle of women and the condition of exile, as well as subjects such as ephemerality, memory, and ultimately the search for a language of transcendence. Triana’s body of work encompasses large-scale sculpture, immersive installations, photography, and mixed media, as well as painting and drawing. Curated by Aluna Curatorial Collective, this long-overdue two-venue survey (at the Fairfield University Art Museum and the Art Museum at University of St. Joseph) spans work from the 1970s to the present. The work at Fairfield will focus on her early years in New York, and her sense of exile and feelings of isolation.