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The Van Every/Smith Galleries play a fundamental role in the life of Davidson College. The Galleries provide a challenging forum for the presentation, interpretation, and discussion of primarily contemporary artworks in all media for students and members of the Davidson community, as well as for national and international visitors to the campus.

An ongoing series of exhibitions and lectures by visiting artists and scholars nurture individual thinking, develop visual literacy, and inspire a lifelong commitment to the arts.

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Kent Williams: Native Bone and Far to Home (VAN EVERY GALLERY)

November 5 – December 16, 2015

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Kent Williams: Native Bone and Far to Home (SMITH GALLERY)

November 5 – December 16, 2015

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The Permanent Art Collection serves as a research center by offering students and members of the Davidson community an opportunity to interact with more than 3,200 works of art that span five centuries. Works from the Permanent Art Collection are also loaned to other regional, national, and international art institutions for inclusion in thematic exhibitions. learn more [+]


The Campus Sculpture Program acts as an extension of the college’s permanent art collection of 3,200 pieces of art, which are stored in the Belk Visual Arts Center and parts of which are displayed throughout campus via temporary exhibitions and the “Art in Offices” program. learn more [+]

“Davidson College exhibit challenges viewers to confront abuse,” in the Charlotte Observer - September 29, 2015

MARK LEACH Correspondent On view through Oct. 25, at Davidson College’s Van Every/Smith Galleries is the ambitious work of Regina José Galindo. “Bearing Witness” is a survey exhibit of more than 20 performance pieces spanning 15 years. Curated by Gallery Director and Curator Lia Newman, the 41-year-old internationally acclaimed Guatemalan artists’ creative work includes video, […]

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