Bellarmine Museum of Art Among Top 50 in the Nation
Fairfield University’s Bellarmine Museum of Art (BMA) was recently recognized as the 37th Most Amazing College Museum in America by College Rank. The diverse and international museum, within Bellarmine Hall on the Fairfield University campus, was described as “a must-see for enthusiasts,” and praised for its “incredibly rich and broad collection."
Publicly inaugurated in October, 2010, the Museum has a small but choice collection that ranges across many centuries and diverse cultures, including medieval objects on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a group of 10 Renaissance, Baroque and eighteenth-century paintings from the The Kress Collection. There are also notable Asian, African and Pre-Columbian objects.
The current special exhibition is “Gari Melchers: An American Impressionist at Home and Abroad.” The artist produced masterful landscapes, genre scenes, and portraits inflected by the French Barbizon School, Impressionism, and Symbolism, among other influences. The Gari Melchers exhibition is on view through May 22, 2015, and is open to the public free of charge.
Former Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Linda Wolk-Simon was named director and chief curator of the BMA in January 2015. Wolk-Simon, who comes to Fairfield University with 25 years of museum experience, said, “It is a great honor for the Bellarmine Museum of Art to find itself in the distinguished company of so many esteemed academic museums.”
The museum is located on the lower level of Bellarmine Hall on the Fairfield University campus and welcomes visitors free of charge while the University is in session. Regular hours are Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m, September-June.
To find out more about the Bellarmine Museum of Art, including summer hours, private visits and exhibitions, click here