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Since its founding in 1962, the Friends of the Davison Art Center (FDAC) has been devoted to the growth and public enjoyment of the DAC collection through a wide variety of events for both its members and the greater community.  The primary mission of the FDAC is to expand and promote the Davison Art Center collection at Wesleyan University.  Learn more about the FDAC here.

Become a Friend

Please join the Friends!  As a member, you support the acquisition of new works for the DAC collection.  With a volunteer Board of Directors and minimal overhead expense, the FDAC directs a high percentage of its membership dues directly to its mission.  Wesleyan students can join the FDAC free of charge – click here to become a student member today!


The Friends of the Davison Art Center (FDAC) seeks volunteer docents or tour guides for their school tours program this Fall.

Docents introduce over 400 Middletown fourth graders to art, music, and architecture through annual tours of Wesleyan arts, including the Davison Art Center, Zilkha GalleryMansfield Freeman Gallery, and the Javanese Gamelan orchestra.  Docents will lead tours, assist in creating lesson plans, meet with curators, and stimulate connections and a dialogue about the works of art.  Tours runs the dates of October 7-9, 14-16, and 22-23 from 915am-12:30pm. All docents will be required to attend the training session and commit to one (or more!) shifts.  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 volunteers.

Contact Info: Rosemary Lennox, rosemary.lennox.wesleyan@gmail.com

ithacaThe DAC’s spring 2014 show, Oral Fixations: Julia Randall, opens today at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.

Opening Reception: Thursday August 28, 5pm-7pm

Artist Talk: Thursday September 18, 6pm

For more information visit the Handwerker Gallery website.



“James McNeill Whistler & The Case for Beauty,” a PBS documentary premiering September 12, will feature two drawings by the artist from the Davison Art Center collection.  The DAC has more than 100 works by Whistler in its collection and two sketches, one in pencil and one in pen and ink, will be seen as part of the work. Tune in soon and be on the lookout for these works. To learn more please read this feature in the Wes in the News site.Open Access Image from the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University
Open Access Image from the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University

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