• Russ Warren has been producing drawings, paintings and mixed media pieces since the early seventies. Pictured here are three of his works.

  • Visiting Professor of Art Clint Sleeper likes to make work about the humorous and tragic end of an economic and political system.

  • Filmmaker Alia Syed examines the hopes and fears that are driving the movements of current migrants and refugees in On a Wing and a Prayer (2015).

  • Allan deSouza's photography, installation, text and performance works restage historical evidence through counter-strategies of fiction, erase, and (mis)translation.


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 and Facebook for additional information about upcoming art exhibitions and events.

Please check back in August 2016 for a list of upcoming events in the 2016-17 academic year.

Past Events 2015-16

The following events were all part of a special series on performance art.

History of Performance Art: Kristine Stiles

France Family Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Duke University

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Common Hour Talk: Regina Jose Galindo

The conversation was translated for non-Spanish speakers. Hosted by Organization of Latino American students and Latin American Studies.

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Informal Dinner + Conversation

With artist Regina Jose Galindo and professor of anthropolgy Matt Samson. Hosted by Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) and Multicultural Affairs.

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Regina José Galindo: Bearing Witness

An internationally acclaimed visual artist specializing in performance art, Galindo is known for pushing her body to the limit to create powerful public works that challenge the inequalities and atrocities that have become commonplace across the globe. This marked Galindo's first exhibition in North Carolina, the most comprehensive exhibition of her work in the United States, and comprised documentation of more than 20 performance art works spanning 15 years, that included a new commission specifically made for Davidson College.

The reception included a live performance.

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Film Screening - Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

Followed by a post-film discussion.

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Performance Art featuring Local Artists

Three Charlotte-based performance artists, John W. Love, Jr., April Marten, and Jon Prichard, presented their own unique works in three locations within the Belk Visual Arts Center. Galindo's exhibition was open late for one last evening for viewers experience her exhibition.

Kent Williams

Van Every & Smith Galleries

Thursday, Nov. 5 - Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2015

Russ Warren: Works 1971-2015

Van Every Gallery
Curated by Les Yeux du Monde, Charlottesville, Va.

Clint Sleeper: any percentage of a premonition or nearer the end

Smith Gallery

Allan deSouza & Alia Syed

Curated in collaboration with Deepak Talwar '89 and Talwar Gallery

Annual Juried Student Exhibition

Van Every Gallery

Juror: Jen Edwards, Curator at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art