Artists Take Action: Protest Posters Today — 4/4, Talk at 5:30 p.m.








 April 5 — May 26, 2013

Opening Reception:  Thursday, April 4, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Gallery Talk at 5:30 pm

by Lori Gruen, Professor of  Philosophy,

Environmental Studies, and Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies

The Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, is delighted to present the exhibition, Artists Take Action: Protest Posters Today. In 2011, the Occupy movement filled town squares across the United States and around the world in protest of economic inequality. Artists and graphic designers created vivid posters to spread the word. This exhibition looks at the resurgence of protest posters today, whether advocating for climate control, economic justice, reproductive rights, gender rights, or fair and just treatment for war veterans. Included are more than eighty artists from around the United States and beyond.

The exhibition includes the print portfolio, This is an Emergency! A Reproductive Rights and Gender Justice Portfolio, 2012, as well as Occuprint, 2012, a portfolio of Occupy movement posters from around the world. The show also features two print portfolios organized by the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative. War is Trauma, 2012, was produced by Justseeds in collaboration with the advocacy group Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW). Justseeds also organized the portfolio, 2010, which addresses issues of climate change and environmental inequality. 

The exhibition is organized by the Davison Art Center in collaboration with Special Collections & Archives, Wesleyan University Library.

The BIG Draw 4/22, 1-5 p.m.


The Big Draw: Middletown

Sunday, April 22, 2012, 1:00-5:00 P.M.

See for event updates.

Join us at The Big Draw: Middletown on Sunday, April 22, for a community celebration of drawing with workshops for people of all skill levels, from beginners to accomplished artists. The Big Draw is organized by the Friends of the Davison Art Center in celebration of its 50th Anniversary.

The event is free and open to the public with activities for adults, students, and children ages five and up. No advance registration.  Register on site Sunday April 22 at the Davison Art Center, 301 High Street.

The Big Draw: Middletown will feature 10 drawing workshops throughout the Wsleyan University campus. Wesleyan art professors and art students, and members of the Middletown High School Art Club will facilitate the workshops. The wide range of activities will include illustration, Japanese sumi-e ink drawing, a collective Earth Day-themed drawing, movement and drawing, and a scavenger hunt. Participants will draw from live models, period costumes, the natural world, dancers, art in the Davison Art Center gallery, and the imagination. Drawing study of nude models is open to adults and minors with parental permission. The day will culminate with a community exhibition on campus. The event will take place rain or shine.

The Big Draw: Middletown is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Davison Art Center; the Wesleyan University Division of Arts and Humanities, Department of Art & Art History, Center for the Arts, and Center for Community Partnerships; the Middlesex County Community Foundation/Mary Ann Lambert Fund; and the Middletown Commission on the Arts.

For the latest information about The Big Draw: Middletown, see event updates on Facebook at and on the Friends of the Davison Art Center blog at

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Anniversary Exhibition at Davison Art Center — Opening Reception 3/29, 5 p.m.

The Davison Art Center  


 With a Lot of Help from Our Friends

50 Years of Acquisitions Funded by the Friends of the Davison Art Center

Friday, March 30 – Sunday, May 27, 2012

Opening reception Thursday, March 29, 5:00–7:00 pm

Gallery talk by Clare Rogan, Curator, at 5:30 pm

Gallery Hours:  Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 4:00 pm

 In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Friends of the Davison Art Center, this exhibition presents a selection of the prints and photographs purchased through the efforts of the Friends.  Founded in the spring of 1962, the FDAC raises money for art acquisitions, educational activities and publications.  More than 900 works have been purchased through the generosity of the Friends.  Highlights of the exhibition include works by Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, William Hogarth, Eduard Manet, Anna Atkins, Carleton Watkins, Edvard Munch, Alfred Stieglitz, Aaron Siskind, Jasper Johns,  Helen Frankenthaler, and Glenn Ligon.


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Trip to NYC — Sat., 11/19; tkts on sale 11/15, noon

Hey Students,

Want to spend a day in New York City for only $10? The Wesleyan Student Assembly is organizing a bus trip to New York City on Saturday, November 19th. We’ll take you to some of the world’s most famous tourist attractions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Times Square. Students are given opportunities for dining (not included in the ticket), shopping, and exploring some part of the city themselves. Buses will be leaving Wes at 9 am and will be returning to campus around 10:30 pm. Final itinerary will be sent out to students prior to the day of departure

Ticket sales will begin on Tuesday at noon in the box office and online. Only the first 50 people will be able to join this great adventure with us! Feel free to email or if you have any questions. Hope to see you in New York next Saturday!   

Austin Dong ’15, Finance and Facilities Committee, and Zach Malter ’13, WSA President

48 Hour Magazine Project — Starting Friday Noon

48 Hour Magazine Project 

We are going to write, edit, design, and publish a magazine over the course of forty-eight hours.

We’re seeking writers, photographers, artists, filmmakers, designers (both print and web), copy editors, and anyone else who thinks this is even remotely a good idea. Your efforts will define this project because we can only make it happen with a great team of contributors. You can spend anywhere from one to forty-eight hours with us, assisting with any or every step of the process. Experience is not necessary.

Here’s how it will go:

At noon on Friday, November 11th, we will announce the magazine’s theme, a loose topic that you can use as a jumping-off point for your work. We’ll also have a selection of prompts, prods, and suggestions if you’re looking for a little extra direction. Over the next forty-eight hours, you will join us in selecting and editing content, establishing the magazine’s graphical and editorial identity, and designing the print and web editions. You’ll even get to help choose the name.

Why bother? It’s going to be forty-eight hours of frenzied fun and free food. When we’re done we will have an awesome magazine to distribute throughout campus (for free!), and we will weep joyous tears of elated exhaustion and/or exhausted elation.

If you want to contribute, send an email to At noon on Friday, will will announce the theme and prompts  via facebook and email (and on Wesleying).

Follow us on FacebookAlso, tell your friends.

Many thanks to the Shapiro Creative Writing Center for making this event possible.

DAC Gallery Talk and Reception — 10/5

Excavations: The Prints of Julie MehretuDavison Art Center, Wesleyan University


Gallery Talk and Reception
Wednesday, October 5, 5:00-7:00 pm

Cole Rogers, Artistic Director and Master Printer, Highpoint Center for
Printmaking, will give a gallery talk at 5:30 pm, discussing his experience working with Julie Mehretu
and the complex technical and aesthetic interweaving of her prints.

Excavations: The Prints of Julie Mehretu is organized by Highpoint Editions, Minneapolis.
Its presentation at the Davison Art Center is made possible by the Hoy Family Afro-American Visual Arts Fund and the
Lemberg Fund.

The gallery talk is supported by the Davison Art Center and the
Department of Art and Art History Charles and Ruth Taylor Fund and Virgil and Juwil Topazio Fund

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 12:00 noon – 4:00 P.M.
(closed Mondays; also closed October 21-25 and November 23-27).

The gallery is open to the public free of charge. The Davison Art Center is located at
301 High Street on the campus of Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.
For further information, phone (860) 685-2500 or visit the DAC website

Matthew Barney: Film Screening of Cremaster 4 & Drawing Restraint 10 — 9/27

Film Screening: Matthew Barney

In association with Mixed Signals:  Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports on view at the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery through October 23, 2011  Co-sponsored by ARHA and PHED.

Cremaster 4 (1994) and Drawing Restraint 10 (2005)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 7:30pm
Powell Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies

Winnerof the Guggenheim Museum’s inaugural Hugo Boss Award (1996), Matthew Barney entered the arts world to almost instant controversy and success after he graduated from Yale University in 1991. Known for his intermingling of sports and art, his Cremaster films are a series of visually extravagant works that feature Mr. Barney in myriad roles, including characters as diverse as a satyr, a magician, a ram, Harry Houdini and even the infamous murdererGary Gilmore. The ongoing Drawing Restraint series was started in 1987 as a studio experiment, built upon the athletic model of development in which growth occurs only through restraint (i.e., literally restraining the body while attempting to make a drawing). Drawing Restraint 10 features Mr. Barney jumping on a trampoline which has been set at an angle, attempting to draw two linked field emblems on the ceiling.

Co-sponsored by Film Studies

Decadent Desserts, Jazz and Exhibition — today 5-7 p.m.

Decadent Desserts
Student event organized by the Friends of the Davison Art  Center
Thursday, Sept. 22, 5:00-7:00 pm

Desserts by Fusion Bakery, jazz by student musicians in the Davison Art Center courtyard, and the opportunity to view the exhibition, Excavations: The Prints of Julie Mehretu.

Last Week for DAC Exhibit–“Caprice and Corruption”


Last chance!  Davison Art Center exhibition closes Thursday, March 3

Caprice and Corruption: 18th-Century Prints

Bernard Baron (French, 1696 – ca. 1766) after William Hogarth (British, 1697-1764), Marriage a la Mode, 1745, number two from the set of six, etching and engraving. Gift of George W. Davison, 1943.D1.106.2 (photo: R.J. Phil). 

Play, fantasy, and corruption were the counterweights to the famed enlightenment of the eighteenth century in Europe. This exhibition begins with Giovanni Battista Tiepolo’s “capriccio” or “caprice,” and ends with Francisco de Goya’s “Los Caprichos,” his biting satires of Spanish society. Organized by students in a Wesleyan University seminar, ARHA 360, the exhibition includes more than fifty Old Master prints from the Davison Art Center collection.

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 12:00-4:00 pm (closed Mondays).
The gallery is open to the public free of charge.
The Davison Art Center is located at 301 High Street.

For further information, telephone (860) 685-2500 or visit the DAC website at
Clare Rogan

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