"Room on East 89th Street," Ethel Fisher, 1965, oil on linen.
“Room on East 89th Street,” Ethel Fisher, 1965, oil on linen.

FAIRFIELD — Some Westport artists figure prominently in an upcoming Fairfield University Art Museum exhibition.

“In Their Element(s): Women Artists Across Media,” will be on view April 21 through July 15. An opening event and lecture are set Thursday. Learn more here.

It’s the first exhibition in the museum’s history developed and curated by an undergraduate student, Phoebe Charpentier of Meriden, Class of ’23. She’s a triple major — art history, English and anthropology/sociology.

“I conceived this exhibition as a way to focus on a lot of the museum’s recent acquisitions of work by women artists,” Charpentier said in a publicity release. “I also wanted to shine a light on on their contributions to certain traditional media such as oil and acrylic, together with less common materials such as plaster, aluminum, and ceramic.”

The art museum said it will feature more than 50 contemporary artworks by women, “with an emphasis on works created with unusual techniques or media,’ including photographs by Laurie Simmons, Bea Nettles, and Donna Ferrato, sculpture by Linda Stein and Elaine Cameron-Weir, and prints by Althea-Murphy Price, Maya Freelon and Sonya Clarke.

The exhibition also is the first collaboration with the Westport Public Art Collections. It loaned seven works, including sculptures by Niki Ketchman and Nina Bentley.

Events include:

• 5 p.m. Thursday: opening lecture by exhibition curator Phoebe Charpentier, Bellarmine Hall’s Diffley Board Room.

• 6 p.m. Thursday: opening reception, Bellarmine Hall Galleries and Great Hall.

• 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 3: “Spring Drawing Party,” Bellarmine Hall, museum classroom.

• 11-11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 4 (virtual noon-12:30 p.m.): “Art in Focus: Ethel Fisher, ‘Room on East 89th Street.’” Bellarmine Hall Galleries and thequicklive.com

• 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 6: “Women of the Westport Public Art Collections” lecture with Kathie Bennewitz, executive director, Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center and town curator, Westport Public Art Collections, and Ive Covaci, PhD, adjunct professor of art history and visual culture, Fairfield University, and committee chairwoman, Westport Public Art Collections.