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Michelle Cheng

Michelle Cheng

Deputy Director for Programs
Fairfield Museum & History Center

Michelle Cheng is the Deputy Director for Programs at the Fairfield Museum & History Center in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Her work as an educator is rooted in community engagement and informed by her time in art, history, and design institutions.

In her previous roles, she has made art accessible to Seattle’s diverse audiences at the Frye Art Museum, helped to educate, inspire, and empower audiences nationwide through design as part of an award-winning education team at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and focused on creating lasting local impact at the New Haven Museum.

Michelle holds a B.A. in Art History and Comparative Literature from Binghamton University and a M.A. in Art + Design Education from Rhode Island School of Design.

Chelsea Garth has been Curator at the Fairfield Museum since the summer of 2021, where she organizes and implements engaging, creative, and thought-provoking exhibitions, including a landmark immersive exhibit on children’s book illustrator and author Richard Scarry.

She led the first reinterpretation of Fairfield’s permanent history exhibit in a decade, incorporating new research and stories to promote diversity and inclusion.

Her previous work as Assistant Curator at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury led to an award-winning reinstallation of their main history exhibit.

She earned her BA from the University of Connecticut in Art History and her MA from Fairfield University in American Studies in 2020.

Michelle Cheng