“Seeing Things – A Mid-career Survey of Works by Joel Carreiro” Opens at the Walsh Art Gallery

Submitted by Anita Lee '11 on September 26, 2010

On September 23, 2010, Seeing Things – A Mid-career Survey of Works by Joel Carreiro” opened at the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery, which is located in the Quick Center for the Arts. The gallery, directed by Diana Mille, an Adjunct Professor of Art History, serves as a laboratory for students, faculty, and the Fairfield community, giving individuals the opportunity to personally study the works of important artists.

Joel Carreiro is currently chairman of the M.F.A  program at Hunter College, C.U.N.Y.  His works are inspired by Russian writer, Vladimir Nabokov, who often represents the world in his writings as familiar yet unfamiliar at the same time. This idea is evident within Carreiro’s collages of art.

According to Mille, Carreiro “appropriates realistic fragments from western art history, specifically Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque, and transcribes these images into a kaleidoscopic tapestry framed by a skilled abstract painting language.” Mille was impressed by Carreiro’s ability to search through a large body of Western Art History and make it meaningful in contemporary terms with an emphasis on the two-dimensional and the mixing of media.

“Seeing Things – A Mid-career Survey of Works by Joel Carreiro” is an opportunity for the University community to experience a contemporary transformation of traditional and classical art.

In addition to serving as a classroom for visual and performing arts majors and minors, the Walsh Art Gallery receives visitors from students of all disciplines. In addition to class visits, the public, members of the Fairfield community, and students from neighboring schools are also welcome. Mille and her gallery interns, for example, continue to conduct tours to students from Bridgeport high schools such as Harding, Central, and Bassick.

“Seeing Things – A Mid-career Survey of Works by Joel Carreiro” will be held at the Quick Center from September 23 – December 5, 2010. The hours are:

  • Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.
  • Closed Monday.

The gallery is also always open when performances occur at the Quick Center for the Arts. Admission to the gallery is free.

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