• 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.

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

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

Art

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS 2016-17

artworks by Nancy Baker, Matthew Brandt, Liz Nielsen and Selena Kimball

MATERIAL MATTERS: WATER, PIGMENT AND LIGHT

Van Every Gallery
On View: August 29-October 7
Reception: Thursday, Sept. 1, 6-8 p.m. Gallery Talk: 6-6:30 p.m.

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, provide 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 are 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 is curated rather than juried, the artists selected represent 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.

Co-curated by Elizabeth Harry, assistant curator, Lia Newman, director/curator, and Tyler Starr, assistant professor of art.

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

Related Events

Coffee + Conversation

Thursday, Sept. 15, 11:05 a.m.-12:05 p.m.  •  Van Every/Smith Galleries

Gallery interns will present research on artworks eligible for purchase for our Permanent Art Collection. Funds will be raised through Give Campus. Purchases will be decided by popular vote, with the announcement of new acquisitions taking place during the Art Acquisition Party (see below).

Art Acquisition Party

Thursday, Sept. 22  •  7-9 p.m.  •  Visual Arts Center (VAC)

Join us as we reveal new works to be acquired for the Permanent Art Collection based on public votes over the past month.

Pictured to the left: (top) Nancy Baker "Boson;" (second) Matthew Brandt "Wai'anae 603616," courtesy of the artist and M+B Gallery, Los Angeles, Calif.; (third) Liz Nielsen "Time Machine," courtesy of the artist and SOCO Gallery, Charlotte, N.C.; and (bottom) Selena Kimball "Mapping Night Vision #1 and #2"

untitled narratives sculpture by William Cordova

WILLIAM CORDOVA: CEIBA: RECONSIDERING EPHEMERAL SPACES

Smith Gallery
On View
: August 29-October 7
Reception: Thursday, Sept. 1, 6-8 p.m. Gallery Talk: 6-6:30 p.m.

Cordova explores 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, links 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.

artworks by Teresita Fernandez, Hank Williams Thomas and Shimon Attie

SEEING | SAYING: IMAGES AND WORDS

Vann Every Gallery
On View: October 20-December 9
Reception: Thursday, Oct. 20, 6-8 p.m. Gallery Talk: 6-6:30 p.m.

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 are 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.

Pictured to the left: (top) "Night Writing (Hero and Leander)" Teresita Fernández; (second) "Le Blanc Imite Le Noir " Hank Willis Thomas, courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York; (third) "FINDERS, KEEPERS," Shimon Attie, courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

two pieces of artwork by Bethany Collins, Southern Review (detail) and Colorblind Dictionary

Bethany Collins: In Evidence

Smith Gallery
On View: October 20-Decenber 9
Reception: Thursday, Oct. 20, 6-8 p.m. Gallery Talk: 6-6:30 p.m.

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 are 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.

Related Events

Lecture by W. J. T. Mitchell

Thursday, Nov. 3  •  7 p.m.  •  Lilly Family Gallery, Chambers Building

Lecture and Artwork by Nick Sousanis

Thursday, Nov. 10  •  7  p.m.  •  Semans Lecture Hall, VAC

Visit an accompanying exhibition of Nick's artworks from October 20-December 9 in Spencer Lobby of Chambers Building.

Pictured to the left: (top) "Southern Review" (detail), charcoal on paper, and (bottom) "Colorblind Dictionary," found object. Both courtesy of the artist and Richard Gray Gallery.

Cort Savage sculpture of black rubber band balls from Interiorities

Group Faculty Exhibition

On View: March 16-April 14, 2017

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

Pictured to the left: Cort Savage sculpture from his solo exhibit, "Interiorities: A Decade of Inevitable Forms."

gallery exhibit of student artwork

Annual Student Art Exhibition

On View: April 26-May 10, 2017

The Student Art Exhibition highlights works produced during the academic year by both art majors and non-art majors.

PAST EVENTS 2016-17

dedication of Aristides Demetrios' bronze sculpture, Untitled

ACAC SCULPTURE DEDICATION: ARISTIDES DEMETRIOS' UNTITLED


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.