Fairfield Opens “Henry Moore” in b2 Gallery

“Point Carvings” by Henry Moore.

On Friday, June 6, the Fairfield Art Center in downtown Sturgeon Bay opened a special exhibition in its lower-level b2 Gallery. Simply titled “Henry Moore,” the exhibition comprises a selection of the British master’s maquettes and graphic works from the art center’s internationally recognized permanent collection.

The exhibition also marks a change in the Fairfield’s lower-level galleries. The b2, originally designed to be an art laboratory and exhibition resource for established and emerging artists, has housed monthly rotating exhibitions for two years. Thanks to the recent renovation of the b1 Gallery next door, the popular rotating exhibitions have a state-of-the-art new home.

“We’re thrilled with the b1 Gallery renovation because that space is perfect for the monthly exhibitions,” said Shan Bryan-Hanson, the exhibitions director. “It’s a versatile space, and we think the exhibiting artists are going to be enthusiastic about the opportunities.”

This first permanent-collection exhibition in the b2 showcases smaller works by Moore, an internationally renowned artist often considered to be the greatest sculptor of the 20th century.

“This past winter, during our Henry Moore exhibition in the Main Gallery, a visitor commented that it was nice to see ‘the smaller side’ of Henry Moore,” Bryan-Hanson explained. “We felt that was a great theme for our next exhibition of his artwork.”

Bryan-Hanson also noted that Fairfield members and guests may have a special opportunity to compare Moore’s smaller and monumental works for themselves. Through November 2, the New York Botanical Garden is featuring an exhibition titled “Moore in America: The Monumental Sculpture of Henry Moore.” The art center is planning to host a weekend trip to New York City this fall, likely in late September or early October, to see the exhibition. To learn more about the NYC exhibition, visit

The Fairfield Art center is open free to the public from 10 am – 5 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; 10 am – 8 pm Thursday; and 10 am – 4 pm Saturday.

For more information about upcoming exhibitions and events, call 920.746.0001, e-mail [email protected] or visit