New York Times Previews Museum

Published on October 25th, 2010

The new Bellarmine Museum of Art at Fairfield University was the subject of a Sunday October 24th article in The New York Times by arts writer Jan Ellen Spiegel a day before its public opening. The $3.2 million 2,700-square-foot museum, which is in Bellarmine Hall on the university’s southwestern Connecticut campus, was designed by Centerbrook to house the school’s growing art collection.

Established in an existing storage area in the building’s basement, the new facility “required unconventional creativity by Jim Childress,” Spiegel wrote. She quoted a number of people, including Childress, Centerbrook Partner-in-Charge of the project, and Emily Rafferty, President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which has loaned Celtic artworks and artifacts to the university. “I think they’ve done a really splendid job,” Rafferty said. “They’ve attended to every detail.”

Reviews of the new museum have also appeared in a number of Connecticut newspapers and magazines, among them Venü and Fairfield County Life. Phyllis Boros, art critic of the Connecticut Post, wrote: “Jim Childress, FAIA and Stephen Holmes, AIA of Centerbrook Architects and Planners of Centerbrook transformed a utilitarian storage area into an elegant yet functional space.”

The most telling quote in the Times article came from Jill Deupi, Director of the Bellarmine Museum and Professor of Art History at Fairfield. “It exceeds my hopes,” she said.