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  • Dictionary letters artwork by Bethany Collins

    Collins transposes definitions from Webster's New World Dictionary of American Language onto American Masters paper, then aggressively obscures much of the entries.

  • Artwork by Indonesian artist Heri Dono

    The new year brings three Indonesian-based artists to campus where they will create art in a month-long residency.

  • Artwork by William Cordova

    William Cordova's works are bound up in his transcultural biography with subjects drawn from a continuum of radical movements and struggles for self-determination.

  • Sculpture by Selena Kimball and photograph by Liz Nielsen

    (l-r) Selena Kimball uses printed documentary evidence and works into constructed surfaces. Liz Nielsen's photographs are printed in an analog color darkroom.


The Art Department is committed to providing the highest quality educational experience for our students through theory and practice, in the classroom and in the studio, all in the context of a liberal arts institution and a thriving intellectual community. Embracing the interdisciplinary nature of art, each year the department produces a season of exhibits, installations, and shows that explore the complexities of the human experience and engages the hearts and minds of a growing audience. Visit the Van Every/Smith Galleries website and Facebook for additional information about upcoming art exhibitions and events.



In September, we dedicated of our newly acquired art, Aristides Demetrios' bronze sculpture, "Untitled," gifted by the Douglas Shierson family.

Demetrios graduated from Harvard before spending three years as an officer in the Navy. He then studied with his father, George Demetrios, a classically trained sculptor. His large-scale sculptural work has been widely exhibited and is part of several private and public art collections, including Stanford University, the City of Sacramento, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Santa Barbara City College.


From 1972 until 1976, Herb Jackson, Davidson College professor emeritus, initiated and hosted a landmark exhibition, The Davidson National Print and Drawing Competition. During those five years, artists from around the country shipped thousands of works of art to Davidson College to be juried by acclaimed artists and curators. Artists vied for a spot on the gallery walls and for awards, which included the purchase of works for the college's Permanent Art Collection. The series of exhibitions, and subsequent subset of the Permanent Collection, provided a glimpse into drawing and printmaking techniques and styles at the time. In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the last Davidson National, and in the spirit of this exhibition, the Van Every/Smith Galleries were delighted to present "Making Marks: Water, Pigment, and Light," featuring works from eight artists from across the United States (Nancy Baker, Matthew Brandt, William Cordova, Chris Duncan, Selena Kimball, Lavar Munroe, Liz Nielsen, and Shoshanna Weinberger). Though this exhibition was curated rather than juried, the artists selected represented the range of possibilities for what works on and of paper could be, including an exploration of unique processes and materials capable of making marks - from graphite and gouache to water, sun, earth, and time.

This exhibition, related programming and brochure were made possible through the support of the Herb Jackson and Laura Grosch Gallery Endowment, Malú Alvarez '02, and Davidson College Friends of the Arts.


Cordova explored topics implicative of transcultural migration through a multimedia installation centered around Fort Mose in St. Augustine, Fla., an area founded in 1739 by runaway African slaves and Native Americans fleeing British persecution. Just over two decades later, in 1763, the group relocated to Ceiba Mocha, Mantanzas, Cuba. Cordova's exhibition, comprised of reclaimed ephemera, film, photography, sound, and more, linked these early migrations with the movement of more than 80 Asian, Black, and Latinos from America to Cuba between 1968 and 1971-a time typically associated with Cuban exile into the U.S.


A strict binary has long existed between the contrasting effects of words and images. Words have been thought to be foundational, while images have been considered subordinate. Words have been valued as rhetorically primary, while images have been thought of as illustrative. But such bifurcation seems to artists and writers alike both constraining and unrealistic. How might the communicative and aesthetic status of words and images be profitably studied together? How do images and texts cooperate in single works of art as modalities in tension or unison? Seeing|Saying: Images and Words assembles important contemporary works from 18 artists (Shimon Attie, John Baldessari, Mark Bradford, Cris Bruch, Andrea Eis, Teresita Fernández, Howard Finster, Christian Marclay, Shirin Neshat, Dennis Oppenheim, Susan Harbage Page, José Parlá, Dan Perjovschi, Raymond Pettibon, Santiago Sierra, Hank Willis Thomas, and David Wojnarowicz) that play upon and experiment with words and images, inviting us to question the image-word divide, and reminding us of our current saturation - digitally and materially - in images with words.

Co-curated by Van Hillard, professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies, Elizabeth Harry, assistant curator, and Lia Newman, director/curator.

The exhibition and related programming were made possible through the support of the Bacca Foundation Visiting Artist Lecture Fund, Herb Jackson and Laura Grosch Gallery Endowment, Malú Alvarez '02 and Davidson College Friends of the Arts.

Bethany Collins: In Evidence

Using educational materials such as erasers, graphite, old dictionaries, and found text from government documents, literary journals and historical records, Collins' exhibition presents evocative works on paper, altered books, and installation that explore the relationship between race and language.

Co-curated by Van Hillard, Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies, Elizabeth Harry, Assistant Curator, and Lia Newman, Director/Curator

This exhibition and related programming were made possible through the support of the Bacca Foundation Visiting Artist Lecture Fund, Herb Jackson and Laura Grosch Gallery Endowment, Malú Alvarez '02, and Davidson College Friends of the Arts.

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Featured Mella Jaarsma, Alin Caniago and Restu Ratnaningtyas, three Indonesian-based artists creating artwork during a month-long residency.

Group Faculty Exhibition

Featuring works by Tyler Starr, Joelle Dietrick, and Katie St. Clair.

Annual Student Art Exhibition

The Student Art Exhibition highlights works produced during the academic year by both art majors and non-art majors. The juror this year is Endia Beal, director of Diggs Gallery, Winston-Salem State University.