• Located in the heart of Houston's Museum District, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston is a dynamic cultural complex comprising much more than just a museum.

  • Houston ranks among the top cities in the country in its population of working artists, distinguished both by the quality of their exhibitions and the diversity of their staples.


Wildcat Weekend: Houston

March 20-22, 2015


Professor of Art Shaw Smith and Lia Neuman, director and curator of the Van Every/Smith Galleries and the permanent art collection

Price & reservations

Cost is $425 per person, which includes all museum visits, meals (all but Saturday's lunch which is at your leisure), two cocktail receptions and in-town transportation. Price does not include transportation to Houston or lodging (a special rate of $229/night is available at Hotel Zaza). Click here to register. Questions? Email Lauren Biggers, assistant director of alumni relations.

About our trip

Join us for an exciting, art-focused trip to Houston, Texas. We'll stay in the museum district at the Hotel Zaza, where you will mix and mingle with other arts-minded Davidson alumni while taking in the best art attractions in the city. 

We will experience numerous museums as special guests, getting a behind-the-scenes peek at The Menil Collection and the Museum of Fine Art Houston. Enjoy a quiet, meditative moment at the Rothko Chapel, and take in the sunset light show at sky space, a public work of art on the campus of Rice University created by James Turrell, recipient of the 2014 National Medal of the Arts. We'll end our weekend at an exclusive party with Houston-based collectors George and Linda Kelly, and their daughter Madeline '08.

In addition to learning more about the current direction of the art department from department chair Prof. Shaw Smith, you will also have an opportunity to hear about the Van Every/Smith Galleries and the Permanent Art Collection from Lia Newman, gallery director and curator.

About Shaw Smith

Shaw Smith has been a member of the Davidson faculty for 30 years. His teaching includes courses on American art, 18th-century European art and contemporary art. Smith's scholarship and publications have focused on French art and particularly that of the romantic artist, Eugène Delacroix. He has made academic presentations in many countries, including Scotland, Ireland, France, Cuba, Spain, Russia, and Mexico.