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The Van Every/Smith Galleries play a fundamental role in the pedagogical 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 on-going series of challenging exhibitions and lectures by visiting artists and scholars nurture individual thinking, develop visual literacy, and inspire a lifelong commitment to the arts.


In The Van Every Gallery

Jen Ray: Surrounded by Wolves

January 25 – March 3, 2018

The Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College are proud to present the work of Jen Ray in Surrounded by Wolves. In her solo exhibition, Ray explores female rebellion and the shifting nature of a woman’s identity, including what it means to be a feminist in the South. Large-scale watercolor paintings and sculptural works are juxtaposed with a new large-scale […]

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In The Smith Gallery

Arthur Jafa: Love is The Message, The Message is Death

January 25 – March 3, 2018

On view in the Smith Gallery, and shown for the first time in the Southeast, is Arthur Jafa‘s critical video installation Love is The Message, The Message is Death. Jafa creates moving works of power and beauty using charged, found video clips, to reflect on black representation in mainstream media. Although only 7 minutes 25 seconds in length, the video installation, set to […]

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Upcoming Exhibitions

Spring 2018 Exhibitions & Programs 

Tyler Starr: Implementalist Papers
Faculty Exhibition
(Van Every Gallery)
On View: March 15 – April 12, 2018

Vivian Beer Sculpture Dedication
Gift of Joe Logan ’77 
April 18, 4:30pm

Annual Student Art Exhibition & End of the Year Party
(Van Every Gallery)
On View: April 25 – May 11, 2018

Full Moon Sculpture Tour
April 30, 7:30pm
RSVP required.

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“Regina José Galindo: Bearing Witness” Review in Sculpture Magazine - November 2016

Regina José Galindo: Acts of Endurance by Barbara Schreiber Regina José Galindo’s performances are often shocking and degrading. Sometimes naked, she is tasered, hit, bloodied, anesthetized, urinated on, or left for dead. “Bearing Witness,” at North Carolina’s David son College last fall, was Galindo’s first solo show in the United States. Curator Lia Newman gathered […]

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