Exhibitions


May 11 - June 5, 2021

Fairfield Public Schools AP Student Art Show

Fairfield Public Schools Townwide Art Show

AP Art: On view May 11 – June 5 in the Perkin Gallery
K-12 Art: On view May 21-31 in the Auditorium
Art show reception: Wednesday, May 25

Experience hundreds of two- and three-dimensional works of art created by the talented students of Fairfield Public Schools. The exhibition features artwork from all 16 schools, exemplifies the progression of work from kindergarten through high school, and demonstrates the building blocks of the art program. The Art Show reception is one of the gala events of the school year and an opportunity to celebrate talented emerging artists.

February 17 - May 8, 2022

[Her]story: Women's Roles Through History

Dating from the 1700s forward, holdings from Pequot’s Special Collections reveal the evolution of roles women have held and hold. The selected items will uncover the impressive accomplishments made by women and show connections to Pequot Library over time, featuring local and national figures such as Mary Hull Wakeman, Mabel Osgood Wright, and Amelia Earhart. Join Pequot Library for a walk through [her]story from Colonial America, the Gilded Age, Women’s Suffrage, World War employment, and to modern professional life. Looking at a girl’s life then and now will tell a story of fluid educational and social norms. Follow visionary women through text and visual representations to witness their strength and resilience, as they move from atop a pedestal to protest, lead, and love.

Related Events & Programs

Thursday, February 17 – Opening Reception with Dr. Kelly Marino
Wednesday, February 23 – Book Group: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Wednesday, March 2 – The Dress Reform Movement: Who, What, When & Why
Wednesday, March 23 –  Book Group: Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
Thursday, March 24 – Meet the Author: Susan Ware

Wednesday, April 20 – Book Group: Norah Webster by Colm Tóibín

“Dear Me” Writing Contest: Submissions due Friday, April 15 For ages 7+ online registration required After being inspired by the remarkable women in our [Her]story exhibition, children ages 7+ have an opportunity to motivate their future selves by writing a “Dear Me” letter and entering that letter into our Dear Me Writing Contest. Is there anything important you need to tell your future self? Dig deep and write it all down. Participants register in three age categories: 7-9, 10-12, and 13+. Each age group will receive a list of prompts to help form their submission. Your entry should be no more than 1,000 words and must be submitted to childrens@pequotlibrary.org by April 15. Winners announced on April 30.

The [Her]story Tour: Take a self-guided historical tour! Follow a [Her]story roadmap in the first-floor stacks highlighting, among others, women in business, music, and television, as well as African American suffragists. This is an ongoing activity during the [Her]story exhibition.

Click here for a list of recommended reading.

 

This exhibition was made possible in part through the Constance C. Baker Rare Book Fund and additional support from the Jennifer Crosby Cargill Art Fund.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Pequot Library’s exhibitions feature a variety of theme-based curated selections from our Special Collections of rare books, manuscripts, and archives. Some displays include contemporary books and artwork that highlight and complement each subject’s relevance to modern life and culture. Pequot Library is unique thanks to its Special Collections of over 30,000 rare books, manuscripts, and archives, which offer a vibrant portrait of the culture and history of the United States, nature, science, literature, and the arts.

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