University of Bridgeport’s Arnold Bernhard Center (ABC) has provided cultural enrichment and entertainment to the community since 1972.

Home to the Shintaro Akatsu School of Design and the university’s School of Music and Performing Arts Program, ABC encompasses the Shelfhaudt Gallery, Littlefield Recital Hall, and the Clara Mertens Theater.

Formerly known as the ABC Gallery, the exhibition space at the Schelfhaudt Gallery has featured Red Grooms, Louise Nevelson, and Alice Neel, bringing the work of world-renowned artists to Fairfield County’s public. The Gallery continues to showcase ongoing exhibitions of today's most exciting artists as well as emerging student designers.

Littlefield Recital Hall is the main performance space for University of Bridgeport’s several musical and vocal ensembles, including its Percussion Group, Fusion Ensemble, and University Singers, a university-and-community choral group. It is also the stage for Greater Bridgeport Symphony’s celebrated Young Instrumentalists Competition and the annual American Jenny Lind Competition for Sopranos.

Literary events at Littlefield include "Necessary Voices," a lecture series about literature and culture, featuring celebrated guests, such as the late Connecticut Poet Laureate Richard “Dick” Allen, spoken-word poet Sarah Kay, Time magazine book critic Sarah Begley, and other writers, editors, and public intellectuals.

With 938 seats, Clara Mertens Theater is one of the largest venues in Bridgeport and the home stage to full-scale theater, dance, and other live performances.



University of Bridgeport Arnold Bernhard Center
84 Iranistan Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604

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(203) 576-4625



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