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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Clare I. Rogan, Curator
Davison Art Center
860-685-2966
crogan@wesleyan.edu


The Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, presents the second annual

"The Big Draw: Middletown"
on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 1pm to 4pm

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See www.facebook.com/wescfa for event updates.

Middletown, Conn.–The Friends of the Davison Art Center present the second annual "The Big Draw: Middletown", a community celebration of drawing with workshops for people of all skill levels, from beginners to accomplished artists. The event is free and open to the public: adults, students, and children ages five and up. The Big Draw's activities break down the "I can't draw" syndrome and celebrate the visual arts.

"The Big Draw: Middletown" will feature up to 10 drawing workshops throughout the Wesleyan University campus. Wesleyan art professors and art students, Middletown public school art teachers, 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, movement and drawing, and a scavenger hunt. Participants will draw from live models, period costumes, the natural world, dancers, and the imagination. Drawing study of nude models is open to adults and minors with parental permission. 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; the Wesleyan University Department of Art and Art History; and the Middletown Commission on the Arts.

Davison Art Center gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday, Noon to 4pm with special Noon to 5pm hours on Saturday, April 20. 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, Connecticut (telephone 860-685-2500). The current exhibition, "Artists Take Action: Protest Posters Today", looks at the resurgence of protest posters today, whether advocating for climate control, economic justice, reproductive rights, gender rights or the support of war veterans. Work by more than 80 artists is included in the exhibition. For exhibition information, visit the Davison Art Center website at www.wesleyan.edu/dac.

The Davison Art Center was established at Wesleyan University with the founding gifts of George Willets Davison (B.A. Wesleyan 1892). Today it holds approximately 18,000 prints and 6,000 photographs in one of the foremost collections of prints and photographs at an American college or university. Founded in 1962, the Friends of the Davison Art Center includes more than 300 members and is dedicated to supporting the Davison Art Center collection.

For the latest information about "The Big Draw: Middletown", see event updates on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wescfa.

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