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Mailing Address

Box 7117
Davidson, NC 28035

Shipping Address

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.

Hagit Barkai

Hagit Barkai
Assistant Professor of Art
M.F.A. Penn State University

Specialization: painting and drawing

Liss LaFleur

Liss Lafleur
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art
M.F.A. Emerson College

Specialization: Digital and new media, photography, filmmaking, creative nonfiction

Larry L. Ligo headshot

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

Specialization: The Gothic Cathedral, Nineteenth-century European painting, Modern Painting and Sculpture, Modern Architecture, History and Theory of Garden Design

Cort Savage

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

Specialization: sculpture, drawing

Nina Eugenia Serebrennikov

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

Specialization: Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art, issues of gender

C. Shaw Smith

C. Shaw Smith (Chair)
Professor of Art History
Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Specialization: 18th and 19th century Painting, modern and contemporary art, art and theory

Tyler Starr

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

Specialization: digital and traditional printmaking, drawing, painting, and digital animation

Michael Toumazou

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

Specialization: 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


Brenda Pitts King
Art Department Assistant
Belk Visual Arts Center, 110

Julia Z. Deal
Visual Resources Curator
Belk Visual Arts Center, 107

Rosemary Gardner
Assistant Curator, Van Every Smith Galleries
Belk Visual Arts Center, BO2

Lia Newman
Director and Curator
Van Every/Smith Galleries
Belk Visual Arts Center, B02A

Austin Sheppard
Art Department Technician
Belk Visual Arts Center, 106A.4