• Paula Gaetano Adi, Desiring Machine

    Paula Gaetano Adi's kinetic work, Desiring Machine II, was presented in the Smith Gallery along with the Parodic Machines exhibition.

  • 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.

  • image by Darren Floyd, Visiting Assistant Professor

    Visiting Assistant Professor Darren Floyd exhibited digital works from Destroyer of Dreams, Or, Container of All Future Meaning.



The Art Department is committed to providing the highest quality educational experience for our students through theory and practice, in the classroom and in the studio, all in the context of a liberal arts institution and a thriving intellectual community. Embracing the interdisciplinary nature of art, each year the department produces a season of exhibits, installations, and shows that explore the complexities of the human experience and engages the hearts and minds of a growing audience. Visit the Van Every/Smith Galleries website for additional information about upcoming art exibitions and events.

Past Exhibitions & Events (2013-14)

Here is a sampling of events that were offered in 2013-14. Check back in September 2014 for a list of events offered in 2014-15.

Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum installation photo

Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum: ab initio

August 26-October 11, 2013

Creating a site-specific installation using paper, drawing directly on the gallery walls and projected animations, Sunstrum utilized students to aid in constructing her work which evolved into a multi-dimensional and multi-media landscape sustained within the Van Every Gallery.

Opening Reception: September 12, 2013, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Van Every Gallery, Belk Visual Arts Center

Desiring Machine with Paula Gaetano-Adi picture

Paula Gaetano-Adi: Desiring Machine II

October 24-December 13, 2013

Paula Gaetano-Adi presented a kinetic piece of art she created called Desiring Machine II. It involved her sitting in a tall frame and, in Sisyphean fashion, endlessly taking coal powder out of saddlebags worn by the artist and filling small wooden boxes on a moving conveyor belt.

Opening Reception: October 24, 2013, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Smith Gallery, Belk Visual Arts Center

Parodic Machines - Please Smile work photo

Parodic Machines

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 the 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

clip of artwork Namelist by Ai Weiwei

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

Robert Polidori post-Katrina image from After the Flood series

State of Emergency

January 16-February 28, 2014

Whether natural or man-made, covering topics as current as fracking (Tatana Kellner) to the aftermath of Hiroshima (elin o'Hara slavick), State of Emergency featured 18 artists exploring the theme of disaster. (Detail of Robert Polidori's image from his After the Flood series about Hurricane Katrina.)

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

Yvonne Petkus painting titled Obstruction

Yvonne Petkus: Searching

March 13-April 9, 2014

Using thick, questioned mark-making and the relationship between a repeated, mediated figure and its environment, artist Yvonne Petkus wades through content that leads to states of fragmentation and ambiguity.

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 Future 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

photo of artwork by Dani Steely


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 will run from April 13-18. April 24-29 will see works presented by Elizabeth Harry followed by Sam Echikson running May 2-7. (Featured image by Dani Steely '14)

Smith Gallery, Belk Visual Arts Center

photo of artwork by Cooper Karisch


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