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Dr. Katherine Schwab Quoted in National Geographic on Caryatids in Acropolis Museum


Katherine Schwab, an art history professor at Fairfield University, was quoted in an article in National Geographic magazine online regarding the conservation of the Caryatid statues in the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece. Dr. Schwab’s latest research is on these sculpture’s intricate hair braiding that indicate who these maidens were in society 2,500 years ago. “For the first time in history, everyone can see them up close, and from all sides,”says Dr. Schwab. Now, museum goers have the opportunity to come face to face with the caryatid’s cleaning process and see what these sculptures once looked like when they were first viewed in Ancient Greece.

2014 Art History Prize Awarded

The Mary Louise Larrabee Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Art History was awarded to Julie Takvor042814_CAS_Awards_83 (2)ian.

Fairfield Art History Alum and Adjunct Professor Wins Rome Prize


Read this exciting news about Michelle diMarzo at News@Fairfield


Dr. Eliasoph Honors Class Visit

Dr Philip Eliasoph’s Honors class on New York City Cultural History interacts with
Ms Donna Williams — Chief of Community Affairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 2013.

New! Visual Arts Administration Concentration




Dr. Philip Eliasoph’s Honors Class…viewing artworks with Charlene Shang Miller, Curator for University Groups, at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT.

The Art History program, in collaboration with Dolan School of Business, announces a new concentration for students interested in careers in museums, art galleries, non-profit arts organizations, and auction houses. The interdisciplinary major includes classes in art history, museum theory, grant-writing, management, and an internship at a New York City or local venue. Fairfield students have held internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Rubin Museum of Art (NYC), the Westport Art Center, Visual AIDS, the Fairfield Museum and Historical Society, and the Bellarmine Museum of Art on campus, among others. Through this concentration, students will gain theoretical background, skills, and experience. For information, contact Art History Program Director, Dr. Marice Rose 203 254 4000 ext. 3240

A Summer Experience in Athens


Kaitlyn Butler (’14), majoring in Communication and Art History, is in Greece for an intensive summer study program with College Year in Athens.  Here she is at the Acropolis Museum in the Parthenon Gallery with Dr. Katherine Schwab (Art History). Dr. Schwab’s drawings, on permanent display at the museum, are underneath the relief sculptures and reconstruct their original appearances. Kaitlyn is taking a course on the Archaeology of Greece, which has given her the chance to travel throughout the country. This experience was made possible thanks to the Visual and Performing Arts Department Larrabee grant.