We are thrilled to announce that the Davison Art Center is now a member of the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association. NARM entitles its members at certain levels to enjoy free admission to over 750 institutions across the country as well discounts at museum stores (our NARM benefit offers members to receive 10% off at Broad Street Books!)

Support the Friends today at the $100 level or above and receive your very own NARM membership cards good for an entire year.

A few local favorites include:
  • The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
  • New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
  • Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven, CT
  • The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT
  • Noah Webster House, West Hartford, CT
  • Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT
  • The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, CT
  • Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA
  • Worcester Museum of Art, Worcester, MA
  • deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA
  • Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY
  • American Folk Art Museum, New York, NY
  • The Frick Collection, New York, NY
See the complete list here!

Our name will be added to the official list September 15, 2015 but the benefit is already active today. So please join or renew today at the $100 level or above to receive this exciting new FDAC Benefit and visit an old favorite or discover a new museum this fall.

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. Three prints from the DAC collection are included in the exhibition. After a light lunch, enjoy a guided vertical tour of the gothic revival Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the largest cathedral in the world, and a peek at their current exhibition The Value of Food.

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 now by calling the Wesleyan University Box Office at 860-685-3355.

Image: Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn. Lieven Willemsz van Coppenol, Writing-Master: The Smaller Plate, ca. 1653 (Hind) or ca. 1658 (Boon and White). Etching; 10 1/8 x 7 1/2 in. Yale University Art Gallery, Fritz Achelis Memorial Collection, Gift of Frederic George Achelis, B.A. 1907; 1925.136.
Introduce 4th-grade students to the world of the arts!


We are currently looking for volunteers to join our docent program this fall. Docents introduce more than 400 Middletown fourth graders to art, music, and architecture through annual art-focused tours of Wesleyan, including the Davison Art Center Gallery, Zilkha Gallery, Mansfield Freeman Gallery, and Javanese Gamelan. Docents will lead tours, assist in creating lesson plans, meet with curators, and stimulate connections and dialogue about the works. Tours run on October 6-8, 13-15, and 21-22 from 9:15am-12:30pm. All docents need to attend a training session and commit to at least one shift. The FDAC has a history of over 40 years of engaging with Middletown's students and we couldn't do it without the tremendous support of our volunteer docents.

To volunteer please contact Rosemary Lennox:

The Richard Alsop IV House in Middletown was recently mentioned in an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer about St. Augustine Church as the only other place in America that boasts original frescoes by Nicola Monachesi. The Philadelphia Historical Commission unanimously designated as historic the frescoes of St. Augustine last month. In 2010, the Alsop House achieved National Historic Landmark status in most part for the unique beauty of the fresco paintings by the same artist. Read more about the paintings in Philadelphia and the artist here. (And thanks to Alain Munkittrick '73 for alerting our attention to this story!)

Friends of the Davison Art Center Autumn Soirée

The Friends of the Davison Art Center cordially invites you to attend an Autumn Soirée. Enjoy a special evening of music and art hosted at the home of President Michael Roth & 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.

Thursday, October 22 5:00pm to 7:00pm
President’s House
Wesleyan University
269 High Street
Middletown, CT 06459

The Davison Art Center gallery located at 301 High Street will be open for soirée guests from 4:00pm to 5:00pm for a special look at recent acquisitions.

Your $60 ticket includes wine, hors d’oeuvres, and a free ballot. It also includes a CD of music performed by Neely Bruce tied to the Alsop House’s history. Please purchase your ticket online by Thursday, October 15. Questions? Please call Patricia Reville at 860.836.7496 or email

As reported in last month's Monthly Message, this summer the Davison Art Center along with a team of six people made highly accurate images of more than 1,900 artworks thanks in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Have you taken a peek at the Open Access Images already available for high-resolution zoom online? It's awesome. Check it out at!


Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
R. Luke DuBois: In Real Time
Wednesday, September 16
- 4:30pm: Artist Talk with artist R. Luke Dubois, CFA Hall
- 5:30pm to 6:30pm: Opening reception, Zilkha Gallery
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Mansfield Freeman Center
Tripod Complex
Wednesday, September 13
- 12:00pm Opening and Gallery Talk with artist Ian Boyden, a luncheon buffet will be served
Thursday, October 1
- 4:30pm: Lecture: "Nirvana: Carbon Inks, Burning Forests, and the Buddhist Endgame" with Ian Boyden, Artist, Writer, Director of the San Juan Islands Museum of Art, Mansfield Freeman Center
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Marion Belanger. Rift #51 (Geothermal Pipes Alongside a Road at Hengill, Iceland), 2011; Fault #26 (North Shore, Salton Sea, CA), 2012; archival pigment print; 18.5 x 14.8 in. Courtesy of the Artist and Atrium Gallery, Haverford College.

Former FDAC Board Member, instructor in GLSP, and artist Marion Belanger has a show up through October 4, 2015 at the Atrium Gallery, Marshall Fine Arts Center at Haverford College in Haverford, PA entitled Rift / Fault: Landscape Photographs of the North American Continental Plate. Read a review of the show here.

Marion is also part of a group show at University North Texas Art Gallery in Denton, TX from September 10 - November 17. For anyone local or visiting the area there is an opening reception and gallery talk on September 10.

See more of Marion Belanger's work on her artist website.

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:

  • Pam Tatge ’84, MALS ’10, P’16, director of Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts (CFA), was appointed to the board of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). Read more.
  • Professor of Art History Peter Mark has been awarded a grant for a project titled “African Ivories in the Atlantic World.” Read more.
  • Jennifer Tucker, associate professor of history, received a grant worth $50,400 to support her book titled Caught on Camera: A History of Photographic Detection and Evasion. Read more.

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 artist's work visit her website at

Tanya Marcuse (American, born 1964), Wax Bodies No. 187, 2007, pigment print. Copyright © Tanya Marcuse. Courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery.
  • Saturday, September 12 at 11:00 am: Special tour of Rembrandt’s Changing Impressions at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University in New York City and guided tour of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. (For more information about the event and purchasing tickets please see the feature box above.) 
  • Tuesday, September 29 at 5:00 pm: Opening reception and artist’s talk for Phantom Bodies: Photographs by Tanya Marcuse.
  • Wednesday, October 7 at 12:10 pm: Artful Lunch with Terttu Uibopuu, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art.
  • Thursday, October 22 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm: Friends of the Davison Art Center Soirée. View recent acquisitions in the gallery, followed by a reception at the President’s House featuring 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. Separate invitation to follow.
  • Saturday, November 7 at 11:00 am: Presentation by David Schorr, Professor of Art and 2015 Binswanger Teaching Award recipient as part of Wesleyan’s Homecoming/Family Weekend.
  • Saturday, November 7 at 1:00 pm: Gallery Talk as part of Wesleyan’s Homecoming/Family Weekend.
  • Wednesday, November 18 at 12:10 pm: Artful Lunch with Clark Maines, Kenan Professor of the Humanities, Professor of Art History, Archaeology, Environmental Studies, and Medieval Studies.
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