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Bellarmine Museum of Art/Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery

1073 N. Benson Rd., Fairfield, CT 06824

Publicly inaugurated in October 2010, the Bellarmine Museum of Art is an essential component of Fairfield University, it cultivates, inspires, and enriches its many audiences while stewarding the artistic and cultural objects entrusted to its care. The Museum has shared this mission with the close to 20,000 visitors it has welcomed through its doors since opening just over four years ago, breathing life into its commitment to excellence and education in the visual arts through the mindful stewardship of its permanent collection, the presentation of 3-4 dynamic special exhibitions per year and the implementation of vigorous – and invigorating – outreach and educational initiatives. Critical in this regard is the museum’s capacity to mount temporary exhibitions of the highest possible caliber, exposing its audiences to objects, and to cultures, to which they might not otherwise have access.

The Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery fosters enrichment in visual culture and the humanities by providing each of its visitors with inspiring opportunities to engage directly with original works of art.
Founded in 1990, the Walsh Art Gallery is housed in Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Focusing on modern and contemporary art, the Gallery mounts up to four temporary exhibitions every year, all of which are complemented by a rich array of programming that is carefully designed to facilitate intellectual inquiry, foster personal growth, open new cultural vistas, and nurture individual development. With its soaring ceiling and dramatic sight lines, the Walsh provides an exceptional venue for intriguing shows that captivate a diverse audience.