Fairfield University will hold two concurrent exhibits by Anglo-American Realist painter Colleen Browning from Thursday, Jan. 24, through Sunday, March 24, at the Bellarmine Museum of Art and the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery.

Her early works on paper and signature oils from the 1950s will be shown in the Bellarmine Museum's "Colleen Browning: The Early Works" exhibit, while a selection of oil paintings created after 1960 will be exhibited in the Walsh Gallery's "Colleen Browning: A Brush With Magic" display.

Opening receptions, free and open to the public, will take place 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, in the Bellarmine Museum, and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Walsh Gallery in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The nationally-traveling shows were organized by the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, the world's foremost repository of Browning's work, according to a release.

Browning, of Irish heritage and born in England, was in her teens when she first exhibited in London, and she studied at the Slade School of Art on scholarship.

Her first one-person show was in London's Little Art Gallery in 1949, the release states. That same year, she moved to New York City, where she exhibited in the Whitney Museum of American Art's 1952 annual exhibition and held her first U.S. solo exhibition a year later at New York's Edwin Hewitt Gallery.

She played an instrumental role in the establishment of American Realism, a movement that was dominated by men in the mid-20th century, the release states.

Browning was a teacher, mentor and role model to artists at the Pratt Institute, the City College of New York and the National Academy of Design.

Her works are held by many private and public collections, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Milwaukee Art Center, the St. Louis Art Museum, the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Pennsylvania, and the New York State Art Museum.

Programs related to the exhibits include:

"Colleen Browning: From London to Broadway: My Fair Lady:" A lecture by Philip Eliasoph, Ph.D., art history professor and Browning author, at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, in Bellarmine Hall's Diffley Board Room

"Family Day: Street Life:" Best for ages 4 and up, from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, in the Bellarmine Museum

"Colleen Browning: Jumping Aboard the Art World's Uptown Express:" A gallery talk by Eliasoph from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the Walsh Gallery.

All programs at the university, 1073 N. Benson Road, are free and open to the public.

Call 203-254-4046 or visit www.fairfield.edu/museum for information.