Davidson Arts and Creative Engagement

Marquia Humphries '22

  • DACE Fellow
Marquia Humphries ’22, DACE Fellow

Sherry Nelson

  • Director of Davidson Arts and Creative Engagement
Sherry Nelson

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DACE Advisory Board

The DACE Advisory Board provides support and advice for the arts at Davidson College. Board meetings are held on campus twice a year with the director, VP of Academic Affairs, VP of College Relations, arts faculty, and arts fellows to strengthen collaboration within the Davidson arts community and encourage participation in the arts programs. Advisory Board members are selected through a nominations process and invited to join the board by President Doug Hicks. All Board members are enthusiastic advocates for the arts at Davidson. DACE sponsors annual grant programs, departmental programs, and various innovative and creative projects throughout campus.


  • Linsey Mills '92

  • Donna Peters '89

    Vice Chair
  • Kaky McGinness Grant '01

    Immediate Past Chair
  • Claire Tatum '24

    Secretary & Arts Fellow
  • Sarah Lanners Avinger ‘13
  • Whitney Kreb Brantley ‘99
  • Ann Williams Campanella ’82
  • Lisa Eldridge Davis '86
  • Polly Griffin
  • Briana Hunter ‘08
  • Alan Hyder ‘99
  • Molly Johnson ‘94
  • Katherine Weeks Mulford '97
  • Ty Morse ‘04
  • Lee Ann Stackhouse Patterson ‘82
  • Mary Laura Moretz Philpott ‘96
  • Sara Tatum Pottenger ‘79
  • Chris Rackley '00
  • Ally Rice '12
  • Stewy Robertson ‘15
  • Robert Touchstone
  • Maria João Vasconcelos

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Arts Fellows

  • Claire Begalla '24

    Claire Tatum '24

    KaiKai Wang '24

    Ann Estelle Freyer ‘24

    Brown Payne ‘24

    Alana Wilson ‘24

    Leigha Hofmann ‘25

    AJ Jacobs ‘25

    Abby Reardon ‘25

    Wiley White ‘25

    Christine Wray ’25

    Caroline Ewing ‘26

    Abby Brisset ‘26

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Ex Officio Members

  • Mark Sutch, Chair and Associate Professor of Theatre

    John Corso-Esquivel,  Chair and Associate Professor of Art

    Tara Villa Keith,  Chair and Professor of Music  

    Alison Bory, Chair and Associate Professor of Dance

    Eileen Keeley '89, Vice President for College Relations

    Shelley Rigger, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty

    Sherry Nelson, Director, Davidson Arts and Creative Engagement 

    Fuji Lozada, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty

    Stephanie Glaser '92, Associate VP for Campus and Community Relations  

    Marquia Humphries '22, Arts and Innovation Fellow

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For more information on Friends of the Arts and the benefits of membership, please email Sherry Nelson, director of Davidson Arts and Creative Engagement, at shnelson@davidson.edu or call 704-894-2101.