An exhibit of Native American pottery from New Mexico will be showcased at Fairfield University's Bellarmine Museum of Art from June 27 through Oct. 3.

"Fire & Earth: Native American Pottery from New Mexican Pueblos" features more than three dozen examples of pottery in the tradition cultivated for hundreds of years by natives of the American Southwest.

An opening reception is planned June 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

"The works in the exhibition represent the wide range of styles and forms of traditional and contemporary pottery forms," guest curator and professional arts advisor Megan Fox Kelly said in a release issued by the museum. "Excellent examples by noted 20th century artisans such as Maria and Julian Martinez, Helen Naha and Robert Tenoria are included in the collection alongside historical works from the late 19th and early 20th century.

" `Fire and Earth' celebrates the beautiful formal qualities of these works while also investigating the cultural and historical context from which they derive," Kelly added.

A schedule of events related to the exhibition is also planned at the museum:

- Family Day -- Sunday, Sept. 14, 1-4 p.m.: Children can design pots using modeling clay and child-safe pigments inspired by works on view in the galleries. Talks will be offered on topics such as materials, methods and culture in addition to story-times featuring two titles related to Native American art and history. Free.

- Lecture -- Wednesday, Sept. 25, 5 p.m. Bruce Bernstein, independent curator and Native American pottery expert, will speak about the materials and methods used in the creation of Pueblo pottery. Free.

- Lecture -- Wednesday, Oct. 2, 5 p.m. Gallery talk by Megan Fox Kelly, guest curator, professional art advisor. Free.

- Lecture -- Date to be announced. Peter Bayers, associate professor of English at Fairfield University, discusses Pueblo pottery and Native American literature. Free.

- Film screening -- "Classic Martina Martinez: Native American Pottery Maker of San Ildefonso" (1999). All screenings take place at noon on Friday, June 28; Thursday, July 25; Wednesday, Aug. 28, and Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the museum's "smART" classroom. Free.

The Bellarmine Museum of Art is open Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., , and on select Saturdays. Admission is free. For more information, call 203-254-4046 or visit It is on the campus of Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Road.