Exhibitions

IMAGES 2019: Jen Edney, Featured Photographer
February 28 – April 28
Ruth Carlson Horn Gallery

Jen Edney is a renowned adventure photographer specializing in sailing photojournalism.
Hailing from land-locked Nebraska, Edney has clocked over 50,000 offshore miles. While she may be hard to pin down, traveling on assignment nine months out of the year, she has earned a permanent place on the map of the photography world. Recently named by National Geographic as one of “Nine Female Photographers Who Push The Limits,” Edney captures on-site action and human emotion from unique and often surprising perspectives, photographing from below the water to above the rig. Her first sailing photography work in 2009 covered American sailor Zac Sunderland, the first person under 18 years of age to sail solo around the world.

IMAGES 2019: Juried Photography Show
February 28 – April 28
Jacky  Durrell Meeting Hall

A jury of three professional photographers will select approximately 40 photographs from those submitted by professionals, serious amateurs, and student photographers in categories including landscape, portrait, abstract, architecture, and nature. 

Make Your Mark
February 14 – July 14, 2019
Spaght Gallery

How do you leave your mark on your community?
On walls, on objects, on the human body, on paper…what does it mean to stamp your label, leave a paint stroke, sign your name, or sew a stitch? This exhibition explores how people – whether quilters, silversmiths, street artists or painters – leave their creative marks on their communities. From graffiti and tattoo artists, to quilters and silversmiths, people demonstrate and use their talents to serve and connect, show pride, and to leave a personal and lasting impression.

Featuring local artists, including vibrant street muralist John Paul O’Grodnick, Bridgeport’s Liz Squillace (whose public art reaches new heights!) and of Three Roses tattoo studio, Frankie Frieri.

Jennings Beach, Fairfield, Day to Night

Stephen Wilkes of Westport is renowned for his amazing Day to Night series, in which he shoots breathtaking iconic landscapes, portrayed from a fixed camera angle for up to 30 hours, to capture fleeting moments over the course of a full day to night. Fairfield’s Jennings beach has now joined Stephen Wilkes’ Day to Night portfolio from around the world. Jennings Beach, Fairfield, Day to Night has been generously commissioned and donated to the Fairfield Museum by the Saft family in memory of Marcia Saft, a former Board member, friend and longtime supporter of the Fairfield Museum.

The photograph is now on permanent view in the Creating Community gallery. Limited Edition Fine Art Photographic Prints of Jennings Beach, Fairfield, Day to Night: now available exclusively at the Fairfield Museum Shop.

Also on View

Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past  |  Ongoing

This hands-on exhibition invites visitors to explore the history of Fairfield and its region over the past four centuries. Look inside a Native American wigwam, climb into an American Revolution fort, decipher a spy code, and look through the windows of a trolley. Young and old alike will enjoy learning how people worked, lived, and built communities over time by exploring original objects, individual stories, and engaging activities.
Sponsored by CT Humanities, Fairfield County Community Foundation, The Perry Family and Southport Area Association.

Click here for more information about this exhibition

Gustave Whitehead: First to Fly

On view in the Tulloch Library Gallery

Gustave Whitehead was the first to fly a powered airplane, although his flights in Fairfield and Stratford in 1901 and 1902 are not nearly as well-known throughout the world as the Wright brothers’ flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903. This mini-exhibition in the library foyer displays items from the museum’s William O’Dwyer/Gustave Whitehead Research Collection, which is available for research in the library. More information about Gustave Whitehead is available here.