• Jason Samuels Smith

    Jason Samuel Smith's ACGI (Anybody Can Get It) Tap Company became a blur of black patent leather whooshing before your eyes©Eduardo Patino

  • Ashley Alexander-Lee '17 joins in for the Annual Sing with the Jazz Ensemble during a Live Thursday event.

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning Margaret Edson, author of Wit, speaks with students in one of Ann Fox's classes.

  • Embracing the themes of magic and luck, Providence Gap is a story of finding oneself through friendship, love, myth and song inspired by Appalachian-bluegrass music.

  • Fahrenheit 451 image

    The Aquila Theatre Company brought new life to Ray Bradbury's visionary parable of a society gone awry in Fahrenheit 451.

  • Davidson's Jazz Ensemble rehearses with 21-year old alto saxophone phenom Grace Kelly before her concert in Duke Family Performance Hall.

  • Currently writing for Dreamworks Animation, Reynolds Lecturer David Henry Hwang spoke on "The Fluidity of Identity" in the Duke Family Performance Hall.

  • Mr. Marmalade, directed by Quincy Newkirk '14, featured the characters of four-year old Lucy and her imaginary friend.

  • Art by Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei highlighted a winter 2014 exhibition at Davidson College that converged around the theme of disaster.

  • Reduced Shakespeare Company, the bad boys of abridgement, tackled 83 of the world's greatest works in "All the Great Books (Abridged)."

  • Characterized by its youth, brilliant playing and soulful interpretations, the Ariel String Quartet played to an enthusiastic audience.

  • Reading from one of her bilingual children's books, Pat Mora teaches Davidson Elementary School students a few words in Spanish.

  • Students practice their lines and staging for the production of In Real Life, a play dealing with cyber-bullying and its consequences.

  • Hye Yeon Nam: Please Smith

    Robotic arms that would point as you passed by and floating balloon blimps directed by circuits of light were a part of the kinetic art exhibit Parodic Machines.


The Arts

The arts—performing, visual and literary—are a part of the daily educational experience at Davidson. Students, alumni and the greater Davidson family are invited to enjoy and participate in various art forms on campus throughout the year. Sculpture. Readings. Plays. Exhibitions. Chorale. It is all happening here.

As Davidson grows its focus on broad collaboration across the arts and sciences, opportunities for involvement in the arts and a transdisciplinary approach to learning will continue to develop on and off campus.

Past Events (2013-14)

Parodic Machines - Please Smile work photo


October 24-December 13, 2013

Featuring the kinetic works of Nick Bontrager, David Bowen, Matt Kenyon, Hye Yeon Nam, and Fernando Orellana, the exhibition served as the backdrop for several public events and student workshops. The piece pictured to the left, Please Smile, included five robotic arms mounted on a wall that employed sensors and circuit boards so that they pointed at people who approached and followed the viewer until he or she smiled.
Opening Reception: October 24, 2013, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Van Every Gallery, Belk Visual Arts Center

Twelfth Night illustration


November 1-2  •  Duke Family Performance Hall

Directed by Steve Umberger • Written by William Shakespeare
Shipwrecked and separated from her twin brother, Viola washes up on the shores of fantastical Illyria. Amidst the diverse assortment of Illyrian folk, tragedy quickly turns to comedy in this gender-bending, occasionally bittersweet tale of love lost and found. Twelfth Night easily earns its reputation as Shakespeare's most perfect comedy. For ages 10 and up.

David Henry Hwang photo

David Henry Hwang

November 4, 2013  •  7:30 p.m.  •  Duke Family Performance Hall

Reynolds Lecture

Perhaps the most important dramatist of American public life since Arthur Miller, Hwang's awards and credits are long, impressive and on-going. Having worked with Elton John and Tim Rice (Aida), David Cronenberg (M. Butterfly) and Philip Glass, his latest work is writing Bob's Gang for Dreamworks Animation.

Margaret Edson photo

Margaret Edson

November 22, 2013  •  7 p.m.  •  Duke Family Performance Hall

A brilliant and profound thinker and lively public speaker, Edson is the author of the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony award-winning play, Wit. Currently a middle-schoold teacher in Atlanta, she usually ends each class with a writing assignment. "Sitting by yourself, forcing the swirl of thoughts into a linear, systematic journey forward-it makes you smarter."

clip of artwork Namelist by Ai Weiwei


January 16-February 28, 2014

Art by Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei highlighted an exhibition including his works Namelist and Remembrance, both commemorations to the schoolchildren lost in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

Opening Reception: January 23, 2014, 6 - 8 p.m.
Smith Gallery, Belk Visual Arts Center

Mr. Marmalade illustration

Mr. Marmalade

February 19-23, 2014  •  Barber Theatre

Directed by Quincy Newkirk '14 • Written by Noah Haidle
Meet Lucy, a 4-year-old girl in such a bad spot that even her imaginary friend doesn't have time for her. Both reality and fantasy are dark for Lucy, whose only real friend is also New Jersey's youngest suicide case. Yet somehow, these two realms combine to produce comedy on a grand scale, merciless though it is, providing an expertly nuanced take on just what it means to be a grown up these days. For ages 13 and up.

Don DeLillo headshot

Don DeLillo

February 17, 2014  •  8 p.m.  •  Duke Family Performance Hall

Joel Canorroe Lecture

Don DeLillo's works include novels, short stories, plays and essays on subjects ranging from television to nuclear war to the complexities of language. DeLillo first gained widespread recognition, and the National Book Award, for White Noise (1985). He has since been honored with the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction. DeLillo was twice named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and in 2013, won the inaugural Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction.

Spring Chorale photo

Spring Chorale Concert

March 21, 2014  •  Davidson College Presbyterian Church

Join the Davidson College Chorale and student soloists as they present one of the world's most beloved Requiems. A timeless work of art, the opus by Gabriel Fauré is the composer's thoughtful and peaceful observation on the human feelings of faith and eternal rest. Other well known works by Bach, Mathias, Halloran, and Rutter will be performed to serve as counterpoint to Fauré's classic.

Providence Gap illustration

Providence Gap

March 26-30, 2014  •  Duke Family Performance Hall

Directed by Ann Marie Costa • Written by Preston Lane and Laurelyn Dossett
Originally conceived and written by Preston Lane (Artistic Director of Triad Stage) and singer-song writer Laurelyn Dossett, Providence Gap receives its second world premiere at Davidson College. Making a special guest appearance, Dossett's crystal-clear bluegrass voice will soar with Davidson musicians and actors at every performance. Join us in celebrating our Appalachian heritage with a myriad of larger-than-life characters manning brothels, traveling bands, struggling farms, the trenches of World War I, and plenty in-between. It's a story of finding oneself through friendship, love, myth, and song. What is lost can indeed be found, if only you know where to look. For ages 12 and up.

Grace Kelly with saxophone, smiling photo

Grace Kelly, Saxophone

April 4, 2014  •  Duke Family Performance Hall

20-year old Grace Kelly began playing piano at six, clarinet at nine and saxophone soon thereafter. Her young yet established career has already had her recording with the likes of Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis, Phil Woods, Harry Connick, Jr., Jamie Cullum, Frank Morgan, Toots Thielemans, Dianne Reeves and Ann Hampton Callaway, among many others. Be sure to catch this rising star.

Steven Mayer, pianist photo

Steven Mayer, piano

April 5, 2014  •  Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center

"Piano playing at its most awesome" (The New York Times), pianist Steven Mayer plays a unique repertoire of icons such as Art Tatum, Fats Waller, Mozart, and Liszt. This program will feature works from Schubert, Thalberg, Weber, Liszt, and Tatum. Mayer will be appearing thanks to the generosity of the Adams Foundation Piano Series.

Richard Blanco headshot

Richard Blanco

April 8, 2014  •  11:05 a.m.  •  C. Shaw Smith 900 Room

Poetry Reading

Cuban-American poet, Richard Blanco, will read from his award-winning work and sign books. Blanco was selected by President Obama as the fifth Inaugural Poet in history.

Artist Website

Yvonne Petkus painting titled Obstruction

Yvonne Petkus: Searching

March 13-April 9, 2014

Using a repeated, mediated figure to explore the relationship between it and its environment, artist Yvonne Petkus aims for suggestion over specificity.

Lecture: Wednesday, March 12, 6 - 7 p.m.
Semans Auditorium, Belk Visual Arts Center

Darren Floyd artwork image

Darren Floyd: Destroyer of Dreams, or, Container of All Meaning

March 13-April 13, 2014

Visiting Assistant Professor Floyd will speak about his digital works on view in this exhibit.

Opening Reception: March 13, 6:30 p.m.
Van Every Gallery, Belk Visual Arts Center

Do You Hear the People Sing? girl with roses headband

"Do You Hear the People Sing?"®

April 14, 2014  •  7:30 p.m. •  Duke Family Performance Hall

The Choral Arts Society joined with the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra and Opera Workshop in an evening spectacular of opera and musical theatre, featuring famous choruses and scenes from Les Misérables, The Magic Flute, Gilbert & Sullivan and more!

Tony D'Souza headshot

Tony D'Souza

April 17, 2014  •  7 p.m. •  C. Shaw Smith 900 Room

Visiting McGee Professor of Writing

Novelist, journalist and Guggenheim fellow Tony D'Souza is an omnivore; has written for the The New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy and Mother Jones. He has written on wartime in West Africa, drug trafficking in California and great bars in Wisconsin. He received the National Association of Black Journalists Investigative Reporting Prize last year. His novel, Mule, has been optioned by Warner Brothers.

Steve Weinberg head shot

Steve Weinberg

April 17, 2014  •  7 p.m.  •  C. Shaw Smith 900 Room

Visiting Batten Professor of English

The author of Taking on the Trust: The Epic Battle of Ida Tarbell and John D. Rockefeller as well as The Reporter's Handbook: An Investigator's Guide to Documents and Techniques, and a biography of Armand Hammer, among other works; he is currently under contract to write a biography of Garry Trudeau. A freelance journalist and editor, he is the former director of the University of Missouri School of Journalism's Washington, D.C. reporting program.

Jazz Combo (quartet) playing


April 29, 2014  •  7:30 p.m  •  Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center

Under the direction of Patrick Brown, the Davidson College Saxophone Quartet and Jazz Combo will perform to close out the spring semester with a night of saxophone chamber music and a tribute to Latin and Afro-Cuban music by the Jazz Combo.

five student conductors


May 1, 2014 • 7:30 p.m. • Duke Family Performance Hall

Student conductors lead the orchestra in a selection of charming, festive music.

picture of Dani Steely artwork

2014 Art Majors Solo Exhibitions

April 13-18, 24-29 and May 2-7, 2014

Davidson's three senior art majors present their works during individual shows. Dani Steely's show ran from April 13-18. April 24-29 saw works presented by Elizabeth Harry followed by Sam Echikson from May 2-7. (Featured image by Dani Steely '14)

Smith Gallery, Belk Visual Arts Center

photo of artwork by Cooper Karisch

2014 Juried Student Art Exhibition

April 24-May 7, 2014

This year's exhibition features works in printmaking, digital media, painting, drawing and sculpture by Davidson students, both art and non-art majors. Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art Jennifer Dasal is juror and will announce winners at 7:30 p.m. (Featured image by Cooper Karisch '16)

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7 - 9 p.m.
Van Every Gallery, Belk Visual Arts Center

2 male music students playing trumpets

Jazz Ensemble Senior Soirée

Friday, May 16  •  3:30 p.m.
Mariam Cannon Hayes Outdoor Ampitheatre

Come relax and enjoy as this Davidson College Jazz Ensemble performance features the seniors as soloists.

close-up photo of girl singing


Saturday, May 17, 2014 • 7:15 p.m.
Davidson College Presbyterian Church

Come join the Davidson College Chorale as they sing farewell to the Class of 2014. Senior members of the group will be honored, as well as all members of the graduating class.