The college views the study of the arts as a vital part of a liberal arts education and shows this commitment by offering many state-of-the-art facilities and venues for the creation, display, and study of art. For art majors, the beautiful Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Arts Center serves as the academic heart of your experience at Davidson.
Belk Visual Arts Center
Organized around a central, light-filled atrium, the 43,000 square-foot Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Arts Center offers abundant teaching, studio, office, meeting, work, storage, and gallery space. This magnificent facility was designed by the architectural firm of Graham Gund and Associates of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and opened in fall 1993.
The centerpiece of the atrium is Auguste Rodin's life-size statue Jean d'Aire one of six figures from his famous monument of The Burghers of Calais sculpted in 1886.
Van Every/Smith Galleries
Located at the front entrance to the Belk Visual Arts Center, the Van Every/Smith Galleries provide 2,000 square feet for faculty, student, and guest exhibitions.
The college's 2,700-piece permanent collection includes works by such artists as: Rembrandt, Picasso, Matisse, de Kooning, Motherwell, Bearden, Kollwitz, and Hockney. The works are cataloged and housed in climate-controlled quarters located within the Visual Arts Center, with adjoining rooms for preparation and materials storage.
Academic & Studio Spaces
Art history courses are taught in the 50-seat lecture hall, the Mary D.B.T. Semans Auditorium, with complete audio-visual capability. The adjacent seminar room also functions as a study library for slides and digital access of works studied in each currently offered course.
Card access allows this and other work and study areas of the Visual Arts Center to be available to art students 18 hours a day. The slide and digital collection of more than 70,000 images is managed by a visual arts curator and available as a resource to students.
For the study of studio art, the Visual Arts Center contains separate shops for etching and lithography, including one of the finest collections of lithographic stones in the country. The 6,500 square-foot sculpture area enables students to work in wood, clay, plaster, metal, and features an outdoor bronze foundry and 3D printing capabilities. On the second floor are large classroom studios for painting, drawing, and basic studio courses.
Senior studio art majors are granted individual studios on a competitive basis. Faculty offices with adjoining studios and a comfortable student-faculty lounge complete the Visual Arts Center's space.
Located outside of the Visual Arts Center, the Studio M makerspace designed by ITS serves as a new resource for technology, innovation and education.