The Art Major and Minor at Davidson

The Art Department is designed around two principal areas: creative practice and critical studies.

You can earn a Bachelor of Arts degree or a minor with an emphasis in either art history or studio art, and the two disciplines are closely entwined. Our goal is to encourage creative approaches to learning in all disciplines as part of the broader liberal arts curriculum.

Student Art Exhibitions

Each year, senior studio art majors host a reception to share their capstone work in the spring semester before they graduate. Their work is also on view in the Van Every/Smith Galleries for a period of time. The exhibitions can also be explored virtually through a dedicated web presence for each student that includes a virtual gallery, an artist talk and a studio tour.

Explore Student Solo Exhibits

Courses You Might Take

ART 246

Latin Amer Art & Visual Cultur

Description coming soon.


ART 203

Advanced Painting

St Clair

This course is designed to strengthen technique in a chosen medium and to develop personal projects. A wide interpretation of painting is applied.  Includes discussion of advanced topics in contemporary art theory and practices. (Formerly ART 303 -…

CHI 122

Chi Visual Culture (in transl)


This course introduces students to different aspects of Chinese visual culture including traditional ink paintings, popular publications, propaganda posters, performance art, as well as cinema. We will explore broader themes, such as the representation of the natural world and…