The DAC gallery is now closed for the summer, but there are lots of exciting behind-the-scenes things happening all summer long and the FDAC is planning fun events for the year ahead.

Thank you to everyone who completed the Big Draw survey last month. We will be compiling these results over the summer and it is a big help for planning The Big Draw: Middletown 2016. If you have not completed the survey, please consider doing so online today.

DAC Curator Clare Rogan offers a highlight from the collection about a color lithograph that captures a moment of summer in the city, Paris that is. Read more about this piece on our blog.

Image: Henri Evenepoel (Belgian, 1872-1899),Au Square (At the Public Gardens), color lithograph from L’Estampe moderne,1897. Purchase funds, 1959.181.28. (photo: M. Johnston)

All year long, students studying printmaking with Professor of Art David Schorr had the opportunity to see works from the DAC collection up close every Monday. Read more about this intimate and unique opportunity featured in the most recent issue of the Wesleyan Magazine.


As first reported in the October issue of the Monthly Message, the Davison Art Center received a $111,173 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to help fund the digital photography of some of the permanent collection to help make it more accessible to students, faculty, and the wider world. To read more about this significant federal grant read the Wesleyan Newsletter here.

In 2013, the DAC completed a first phase of rapid digital imaging by photographing 1,800 artworks, mostly French and Italian prints of the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries. Now nearly all of those images are available via DAC Collection Search online. The three-year, grant-supported project will begin this summer with Dutch and German Old Master prints, including 50 etchings by Rembrandt and 73 engravings and woodcuts by Albrecht Dürer.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

This month a new walkway was installed at the Alsop House and earlier this semester the interior lobby received a fresh coat of paint.

Twenty current and past FDAC board members including some of the many Board members who have supported our efforts since the founding of the Friends in 1962 joined in May for the first-ever FDAC Emeriti Luncheon. The event was both to thank past board members for their service and to reconnect with the current generation. For more pictures from this event at the Alsop House please visit the post on Facebook.

Our current Board includes faculty, staff, alumni, students, and community members. In June we will meet for our annual FDAC Board Retreat to continue planning how we can best serve the Davison Art Center, the Alsop House, and Wesleyan. 
David Schorr, Professor of Art, was honored with the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching by President Michael Roth at the 183rd Commencement ceremony in May. To read more about this distinguished honor and the other recipients please visit the Wesleyan Newsletter.

In the May Monthly Message we reported that the first mural as part of a project at John Lyman Elementary School in Middlefield, CT, is complete! The project was  led by Kate TenEyck, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Art Studio Technician.

We are happy to report that the second mural is now complete as well. Here it is underway last month...

And here is "Math Party" complete:

Learn more about this colorful project on the CFA Blog.

Friends of the Davison Art Center Soirée
October 22, 2015
Join the Friends of the Davison Art Center at the President's House for a special evening of music and art hosted by President Michael Roth and Professor Kari Weil. Enjoy an intimate piano performance of American parlor music by Professor Neely Bruce and vote on one of three works to be added to our distinguished collection. Stay tuned to our Monthly Messages for ticket information for this special benefit.
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