The exhibition includes winning photographs from 27 Fairfield residents and a solo showing of David LaChapelle, a Fairfield native whose photos have appeared in Italian Vogue, French Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ and Rolling Stone magazines.
The exhibit will kick off with a preview party on Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. when the grand prize winner of the exhibition will be announced. The grand prize winner will be awarded a 10-day exhibition at the Southport Galleries, 330 Pequot Ave., and the student grand prize winner will be given a professional portfolio review with photographer and exhibit judge, Philip Trager.
The museum will display 50 photographs chosen from more than 900 entries, including some from a new category to honor the town of Fairfield's 375th anniversary: "Iconic Fairfield."
An additional 18 photographs have been selected by the judges for a special exhibition at the Fairfield branches of First Niagara Bank on 1761 Post Road and 2500 Black Rock Turnpike.
LaChapelle, the featured solo artist, was born in Fairfield and began his career at age 17 working for Andy Warhol at Interview magazine. He went on to work in varied disciplines, including fashion, commercial, advertising, film and fine art photography. His photos have been featured in galleries and museums from New York to Paris to Tel Aviv.
"We are extremely pleased to have the brilliant work of David LaChapelle on view at the Museum during our special 375th anniversary year," said Fairfield Museum Executive Director Michael Jehle.
Also on exhibit will be photos by the Images winners.
Fairfield winners are: Portrait category, Alan Berkson, Linda Brinckerhoff, Shelley Cryan and Liz Flavin. In the abstract category, Karen Nemiah and student Lizzie Brown; Patricia Spagh in the nature category; architecture, Julie O'Connor, Larry Russ and student Morgan Cravenho.
The Iconic Fairfield category includes the following winners from Fairfield: Derby Andersonn, Kathryn Brown, student Dustin Brown, Connie Cusick, Jeremy Frost, Benjamin Gott, student Mike Iuraduri, J.R. Janda , Sasha Rose McCay, Karen Nemiah, Amy Nessel, Christine Quinn, Emily Sharp, Andrew Smith, Hugh Smith, Steven Soyland, Alan Thal and Anastasia Zinkerman.
A Museum After Dark artists' reception is also planned at the museum, 370 Beach Road, for Thursday, May 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
For details on the exhibit and the complete list of winners, go to: http://bit.ly/1nlPjmi
Tickets for Saturday's party are available online at www.fairfieldhistory.org.
The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, and $3 for students and seniors. Members of the museum and children are admitted free,and admission on Mondays and Tuesdays is free for everyone. For more information, call 203-259-1598.