About the Collection
The Davidson Print Collection consists of 42 prints purchased from the Dwight Merrimon Davidson Contemporary Print Exhibition. The exhibition, a national juried contemporary print competition, was organized by Elon University’s Art Department for more than a decade. The first exihibition opened on Feb. 11, 1990 with approximately 100 entries from 36 artists. That year 36 printmakers were chosen for the show. By 1992 the competition included artists from 22 states with the entries approaching 175. Artist in the collection include Beth Grabowski (For Want of a Good Man’s Praise), Sidney A. Cross (The Garden), Denis Dale (Chameleon Truths), Ivan Schieferdecker (Duck Blinds #1) and Donald Sexauer (Time is Passing, Remove your Masks), to name a few.
The Dwight Merrimon Davidson endowment fund was established in 1988 by C. Vincent and Eleanor Davidson Long of Burlington, N.C., in memory of Davidson, a 1905 Elon College graduate and father of Eleanor Long.