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Box 7117
Davidson, NC 28035

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209 Ridge Road
Davidson, NC 28035

Faculty & Staff

One of the greatest strengths of the Art Department is the presence of a close-knit group of committed and successful artists and art historians as teachers. As faculty members, we are professionally active on an international scale and share the results of our experience with students.

Additionally, a series of contemporary art exhibitions and programs involving Davidson's permanent art collection is organized by the gallery director and curator. Supporting the work of the department is a staff that includes the department assistant, visual resources curator, and lab technician. An extensive exhibitions and collections program is managed by the gallery director, assistant curator, and six gallery interns.

Joelle Dietrick

Joelle Dietrick
Dr. Albert Keiser Sr. and Mrs. Lena Virginia Keiser Assistant Professor
M.F.A. University of California at San Diego

I teach courses in art and digital studies, focusing on experimentation in both traditional and digital art media. I incorporate related history and theory into my classes to help students inventively extend those ideas and think critically about their relationship to technology.

Rosaline Kyo

Rosaline (Yi Yi Mon) Kyo
Assistant Professor of Art History and Chinese Studies
Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley

I teach courses in Asian art and Chinese studies. My research and teaching interests include the connections between art and politics.

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Larry L. Ligo
Professor of Art History
Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill       

I specialize in the gothic cathedral, 19th-century European painting, modern painting and sculpture, modern architecture, and the history and theory of garden design.

Cort Savage

Cort Savage
Professor of Art
M.F.A. Syracuse University

I teach sculpture and drawing, and enjoy helping students realize their artistic visions.

Nina Eugenia Serebrennikov

Nina Eugenia Serebrennikov (Chair)
Professor of Art History
Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

My areas of interest and expertise include medieval, renaissance and baroque art, especially 16th-century Flemish painting.

C. Shaw Smith

C. Shaw Smith
Joel O. Conarroe Professor of Art History
Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

My teaching includes courses on American art, 18th-century European art, contemporary art, as well as art and art theory.

Tyler Starr

Tyler Starr
Associate Professor of Art
Ph.D. Tokyo University of the Arts

I specialize in digital and traditional printmaking, drawing, painting, and digital animation.

Katie St. Clair

Katie St. Clair
Assistant Professor of Art
MFA University of Michigan–Stamps School of Art and Design

My painting practice is built off what I see and experience, and my creative passion is strengthened by a desire to share this knowledge through teaching.

Michael Toumazou

Michael Toumazou
Affiliated Professor of Art and Professor of Classics
Ph.D. Bryn Mawr College

I teach courses in Greek and Roman art and architecture.

Faculty Emeriti

Herb Jackson

Herb Jackson '67
Douglas Houchens Professor of Fine Arts and Professor of Art Emeritus
M.F.A. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Specialization: painting

I. Job Thomas

I. Job Thomas
Affiliated Professor of Art Emeritus
Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Specialization: Indian miniature painting, bronzes of Tiruvengadu, painting in Tmil Nadu


Julia Z. Deal

Julia Z. Deal
Curator, Visual Resource Collection
M.A. Texas State University

I manage the Visual Resources Center, collecting quality visual art derivatives used for teaching and learning.

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Lia Newman
Director and Curator, Van Every/Smith Galleries
M.A. Duke University

I am responsible for curating exhibitions, developing exhibition-related programming, and overseeing and growing the Davidson College Art Collection.

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Roslyn Pozega
Administrative Assistant

I support and assist the faculty and students in the Art Department. I am responsible for maintaining daily operations and general office management.

David Sackett

David Sackett
Art Department Technician
M.F.A. Tyler School of Art, Temple University

I oversee the technical operations of the studios, maintain studio equipment, and assist students with problem solving and technical advice.

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Allison Tolbert
Curatorial Assistant