• The Holiday Gala has quickly become one of our signature events welcoming the holiday season with students, faculty, staff, and community members.

  • Koresh Dance Company performs critically acclaimed works at its biannual Philadelphia seasons, as well as in touring performances around the country.

  • During the year, enjoy the light and comedic music of Rossini's Overture to La Gazza Ladra to the finger-picking guitar playing of Wayne Henderson.

  • One hundred and twenty five years after his debut, Sherlock Holmes remains the definitive and most famous detective in world literature.

  • Visiting Professor of Art Clint Sleeper likes to make work about the humorous and tragic end of an economic and political system.

  • "Curran approaches dance making with the sharp intelligence of a conceptualist and the raw physicality of an athlete." - The Boston Globe (© Julieta Cervantes)

  • Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine, creating a beautiful fable of love, loss, memory and mischief.

  • Filmmaker Alia Syed examines the hopes and fears that are driving the movements of current migrants and refugees in On a Wing and a Prayer (2015).

  • Allan deSouza's photography, installation, text and performance works restage historical evidence through counter-strategies of fiction, erase, and (mis)translation.

  • The Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning comedy takes on the issues of gentrification in our communities, leaving no stone unturned in the process.


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.


"Tomorrow" 48x48, oil on canvas painting by Kent Wiliams

Kent Williams

Van Every & Smith Galleries

On view: Thursday, Nov. 5 - Wednesday, Dec. 16
Opening Reception: Thursday, Nov. 5  •  6 -8 p.m. •  Belk Visual Arts Center
Gallery talk begins at 6:30 p.m.

(left) Tomorrow, 2011, 48" x 48," oil on canvas, courtesy of EVOKE Contemporary

Russ Warren painting with person holding jump rope in the center

Russ Warren: Works 1971-2015

Van Every Gallery

On view: Thursday, Jan. 14 - Sunday, Feb. 14
Opening Reception: Thursday, Jan. 14  •  6-8 p.m.
Gallery talk begins at 6:30 p.m.
Curated by Les Yeux du Monde, Charlottesville, Va.

(left) La Infanta, 60"H x 108"W x 2"D, acrylic and found objects

photograph by Clint Sleeper of a man standing on dry lake bed with a book

Clint Sleeper: any percentage of a premonition or nearer the end

Smith Gallery

On view: Thursday, Jan. 14 -  Friday, Feb. 26, 2016
Reception: Thursday, Jan. 14  •  6-8 p.m.
Common Hour Coffee: Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016  •  11:05 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

(left) Teaching Capitalism to Nature: A Wealth of Nations: Book 2: Chapter 11: Part 1, 2015

photograph of airplane runway by Allan deSouza

Allan deSouza & Alia Syed

Van Every Gallery

On view: Thursday, Feb. 25 - Sunday, April 10, 2016
Reception: Thursday, March 10, 2016  •  6-8 p.m.
Gallery talk begins at 6:30 p.m.
Curated in collaboration with Deepak Talwar '89 and Talwar Gallery

(left) No Entry by Allan deSouza, from The World Series, 2011, chromogenic print, courtesy of Talwar Gallery, N.Y. & New Delhi

Student Shows 2015-16

All exhibits are held in the Smith Gallery

Senior Studio Art Majors: Individual Exhibitions

All exhibits are held in the Smith Gallery

Lucy Sexton

On view: Wednesday, March 23 - Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Reception: TBD
Tyler Wellington

On View: Friday, April 1 - Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Reception: Friday, April 1 • 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Tyler Wilson

On view: Saturday, April 9 - Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Reception: TBD

Sarah Elizabeth Cornejo

On view: Saturday, April 16 - Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Reception: TBD

Cy Ferguson

On view: Saturday, April 23 - Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Reception: TBD

Annual Juried Student Exhibition

Van Every Gallery

Juror: Jen Edwards, Curator at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
On view: Thursday, April 21 - Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Opening reception: Wednesday, April 21, 2016  •  7-9 p.m.
Awards presentation at 7:30 p.m.

2016 Studio Art Majors Group Show

On view: Monday, May 9 - Sunday, May 15, 2016

Past Events 2015-16

The following events were all part of a special series on performance art.

History of Performance Art: Kristine Stiles

France Family Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Duke University

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Common Hour Talk: Regina Jose Galindo

The conversation was translated for non-Spanish speakers. Hosted by Organization of Latino American students and Latin American Studies.

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Informal Dinner + Conversation

With artist Regina Jose Galindo and professor of anthropolgy Matt Samson. Hosted by Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) and Multicultural Affairs.

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Regina José Galindo: Bearing Witness

An internationally acclaimed visual artist specializing in performance art, Galindo is known for pushing her body to the limit to create powerful public works that challenge the inequalities and atrocities that have become commonplace across the globe. This marked Galindo's first exhibition in North Carolina, the most comprehensive exhibition of her work in the United States, and comprised documentation of more than 20 performance art works spanning 15 years, that included a new commission specifically made for Davidson College.

The reception included a live performance.

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Film Screening - Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

Followed by a post-film discussion.

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Performance Art featuring Local Artists

Three Charlotte-based performance artists, John W. Love, Jr., April Marten, and Jon Prichard, presented their own unique works in three locations within the Belk Visual Arts Center. Galindo's exhibition was open late for one last evening for viewers experience her exhibition.