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We are so deeply grateful for the continued support of you, our members. The Board of the Friends of the Davison Art Center has chosen to spend much of the past year improving how we serve and interact with our membership. We believe this is vital to maintaining a healthy organization that continues to engage and enlist new members while serving and exciting existing members.

Following our annual Board retreat in June we have been looking closely at how we can improve our membership levels to include better benefits for Friends. As part of our research we'd like to ask YOU, our loyal membership base, What would you like to see as benefits of membership?

Please email me directly at mklaneski@wesleyan.edu with your feedback.

Thank you,
Mariah Reisner '04
President, Friends of the Davison Art Center
  SIX WEEKS AWAY: NYC FIELD TRIP  

Saturday, September 12 at 11am
Tour of the Rembrandt’s Changing Impressions exhibition and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City 

Don’t miss this special tour with Robert Fucci '92, curator of the exhibition Rembrandt’s Changing Impressions at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University. This is an unparalleled opportunity to view Rembrandt’s most dramatically changed works, each displayed in multiple impressions, side by side, revealing their range, power, and nuance. After a light lunch, enjoy a guided tour of the gothic revival Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the largest cathedral in the world.

Ticket information: $65 general public; $55 for the Friends of the Davision Art Center. Ticket price includes lunch. Space limited. Transportation not included. Reservations available after August 26 by calling the Wesleyan University Box Office at 860-685-3355.
  INTENSIVE SUMMER COLLECTION IMAGING AT THE DAC 

The Davison Art Center was full of activity during the seemingly quiet summer months of June and July, as a team of six people made highly accurate images of more than 1,900 artworks. Later this fall, more than 1,700 of these images will go live online in DAC Collection Search, where you can zoom in to see their finest details and freely download them as DAC Open Access Images. This imaging is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for DAC collection digitization in the summers of 2015–2017.

DAC Imaging Project Assistants Bryan Schiavone ’17 and Anna Flom ’17 with an Alexander Cozens print in the temporary studio, July 2015; project photographer Richard Lee is at left (photo: R. Lancefield).

  SAVE THE DATE  

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.
  BOOKS AND BAUBLES  

FDAC Board member, Katia Porter has created a blog called "Books and Baubles" that highlights local independent shops, galleries and eateries in CT, MA and NY. Currently there are 30 reviews with a helpful index categorized by specialty and location. Check it out if you're looking to explore someplace new this season and subscribe to receive updates... https://booksandbaublesct.wordpress.com/
 OFF CAMPUS  

FDAC Board Member Sharifa T. Lookman '17 offers a reflection on visiting the special exhibition Peter Blume: Nature and Metamorphosis after returning from four months abroad in Italy. The show is on view at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford through September 20. Read her article here.
 WESLEYAN INSTITUTE OF LIFELONG LEARNING  

Check out the offerings this fall at the Wesleyan Institute of Lifelong Learning, including a full-day at the Florence Griswold Museum Saturday, November 14.

Fall 2015 Courses:
 THIS MONTH  

Thursday, August 6 from 5pm-8pm on Main Street: Art Walk: Middletown
  FALL EXHIBITION OPENS NEXT MONTH  

Phantom Bodies: Photographs by Tanya Marcuse, will open Tuesday, September 29 at 5:00 pm with an opening reception and artist's talk.

The show brings together Undergarments and Armor (2002–2004) and Wax Bodies (2006–2008), two projects in which Tanya Marcuse creates haunting photographs evoking absent bodies. More information in a future Monthly Message, but for a sneak peak of this artists' work visit her website at http://tanyamarcuse.com/


Tanya Marcuse (American, born 1964), Wax Bodies No. 187, 2007, pigment print. Copyright © Tanya Marcuse. Courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery.
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