Thanks to everyone who joined us for our October events! We had over thirty people attend the first Artful Lunch of the semester with Keiji Shinohara talking about a portrait of master printmaker Hiroshige and a great group of fourteen visit some photography galleries in NYC led by Prof. Andy Szegedy-Maszak.  Curator Clare Rogan also taught a group of individuals about lithography using works in the collection as part of the Wesleyan Institute of Lifelong Learning.

In November we have an assortment of events including our first student-led Artful Lunch, a roundtable discussion that accompanies the current exhibition at the DAC, and a student-curated show of student-created work as part of our Create and Curate series.


  • Sunday November 2 at 10am outside the Alsop House:
    Annual Bulb Planting on the grounds around the Alsop House. Bring gloves and a trowel. We'll provide coffee, breakfast treats, good company, and the bulbs!
  • Wednesday November 5 at 12:10pm in the Alsop House Dining Room: 
    Our first student speaker at an Artful Lunch with senior art history major Alexa Burzinski '15. One speaker, one work, fifteen minutes.
  • Thursday November 13 at 5pm in CFA Hall:
    Roundtable Discussion: Posters, Propaganda, and the American Experience in World War I with Sean McCann, Professor of English, Ronald Schatz, Professor of History, and Richard S. Slotkin, Olin Professor of American Studies, Emeritus. This event accompanies the current DAC exhibition.
  • Tuesday November 18 from 5pm to 7pm in the Davison Art Center Hallway Gallery: Opening Reception for Create and Curate: Student-Organized Exhibition curated by Addison McDowell '16 guided by Sasha Rudensky, Assistant Professor of Art and FDAC board member. Learn more about the inspiration for the show here.


Join us Tuesday November 18th from 5pm to 7pm for the opening of the student-created and -curated exhibition inspired by the works by Jim Dine in the DAC collection.
(Image credit: Jim Dine. Tool Box IX, 1966. © Jim Dine)

Learn more about the exhibition on the FDAC blog.


"What I've Learned from the Fourth Graders of Middletown" or "My New Lesson Plan"

A comical reflection by student docent Tess Altman '17 inspired by her time volunteering with the Friends' docent program with a forty-year history. Read her "lesson plan" here.


Visit the Boston Museum of Fine Arts before January 19th for a chance to see one of the Davison Art Center's Goya prints as part of an exhibition "Goya: Order and Disorder"
To learn more about the exhibition visit the FDAC blog.



The FDAC will host a special tour of the exhibition in Boston. More details to follow.


Harry Callahan (American, 1912-1999)
Providence, 1984. Dye transfer print. Gift of Charles Traub in honor of his Wesleyan associates, colleagues, students, and friends, including Edoardo Ballerini (B.A. 1992), Luigi Ballerini (B.A. 1962), Martha Fleming-Ives (B.A. 2009), Thomas Huhn (Professor of Philosophy and Letters), Jonathan Lipkin (B.A. 1992), Danae Oratowski (B.A. 1992), David Rhodes (B.A. 1968), David Schorr (Professor of Art), and Sarah Schorr (B.A. 2003), 2013. © The Estate of Harry Callahan; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

Learn more about this recent acquisition, one of seven Harry Callahan photographs given to the DAC, in our DAC Collection Highlight piece written by FDAC Board member Sharifa T. Lookman '17. To read more visit the FDAC blog.

Join the FDAC Board for our annual Bulb Planting SUNDAY November 2 at 10am (Note: RAIN DATE enabled). Enjoy the blooming flowers at the Alsop House this spring! There will be coffee and breakfast treats. Let us know if you're coming by emailing For more information visit
Not too early to mark your calendars for this coming spring. Our fourth annual The Big Draw: Middletown will return Saturday April 25, 2015 from 1 to 4pm. Let us know if you're interested in volunteering or partnering with us! Email For more information visit:


Works by Wesleyan Artist-in-Residence Keiji Shinohara will be on view at Paris in Plantsville Gallery October 4-31 in an exhibition entitled “Whispers of the Infinite: The Art of Keiji Shinohara”. This exhibition marks the first time that Shinohara’s monotypes will be exhibited together in the United States. 

Closing Reception
Saturday November 1, 4-7pm
Paris in Plantsville Gallery
15 W Main St, Plantsville, CT 06497

For more information visit here.


• wine and hors d’oeuvres
• a special preview of new additions to the collection 
• a final viewing of the fall exhibition before its closing
• discussion of new acquisitions with curator Clare Rogan at 7pm
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