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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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Seeing|Saying: Images and Words (VAN EVERY GALLERY)

October 20 – December 9, 2016

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Bethany Collins: In Evidence (SMITH GALLERY)

October 20 – December 9, 2016

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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 [+]

“Watch a painter mature in this Davidson exhibition” in the Charlotte Observer - January 21, 2016

BY MARK LEACH Correspondent You’ll see vibrant evidence of a painter maturing and developing in “Russ Warren: Works 1971-2015,” a 44-year survey of the longtime Davidson College art professor’s career. It’s now on view at the college’s Van Every/Smith galleries. Warren, born in Houston in 1951, grew up surrounded by art, from Picasso to Mexican […]

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