The Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery is housed in Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts http://quickcenter.fairfield.edu a dynamic venue that has provided tens of thousands of visitors with a full complement of programming in the visual, performing , and literary arts since 1990.
Founded by Fairfield University Professor of Art History, Dr. Philip Eliasoph https://facultyprofile.fairfield.edu/?uname=pieliasoph, the spacious Walsh Gallery – with its soaring ceiling and visually exciting sightlines – is a critical component of the Quick Center. Through its exhibitions and related programming, the gallery provides visitors from all walks of life with the opportunity to engage directly with original works of art, with a clear focus on contemporary art and art-making.
As it enters its third decade of existence, the Walsh Art Gallery continues to build on its legacy of excellence. Of its inaugural exhibition, Defining Modernism: Art of the 20th Century, Vivien Raynor of the New York Times wrote: “With this exhibition, the Walsh assumes a missionary role that is not inappropriate for a Jesuit campus, even though the word brought is not of God.”
Dr. Eliasoph, who successfully directed the Walsh Gallery until 1996, was succeeded by Dr. Diana Mille, a specialist in Modern and Contemporary Art. Dr. Mille served until 2011, when Gary Wood, Director of the Quick Center, assumed oversight of the Walsh. In May 2013 Dr. Jill Deupi (formerly Founding Director and Chief Curator of the University’s Bellarmine Museum of Art and an Assistant Professor of Art History at Fairfield) was named Director of University Museums and her responsibilities expanded to include direction of both the Bellarmine and the Walsh. In 2016, Dr. Linda Wolk-Simon was appointed Director and Chief Curator, and unified the University Museums (Bellarmine Museum of Art and Walsh Gallery) under the new name - Fairfield University Art Museum. Carey Mack Weber was appointed Executive Director of the Fairfield University Art Museum in 2019.
For archival materials for exhibitions in the Walsh Gallery after 2016 see the Fairfield University Art Museum section of Digital Commons.
To view the Fairfield University Art Museum collection, please visit https://digitalcommons.fairfield.edu/artmuseum//