• Sampling of three artworks in Collected: (l-r) Equestrian Figures (unknown), Patch by Robert Rauschenberg and Study for Marriage Tree by Dennis Oppenheim.


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.


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

Regina José Galindo: Bearing Witness

Exhibition Dates: Thursday, Sept. 10 - Sunday, Oct. 25
Exhibition Reception
: Thursday, Sept. 17  •  6 p.m.  •  Visual Arts Center

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 marks Galindo's first exhibition in North Carolina, and the most comprehensive exhibition of her work in the United States, comprising documentation of more than 20 performance art works spanning 15 years, including a new commission specifically made for Davidson College.

The reception will include a live performance from 6-8 p.m. For more details about the exhibition and related programming, visit www.davidsoncollegeartgalleries.org.

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Film Screening - Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

Thursday, Oct. 1  •  6 p.m.
Followed by a post-film discussion.

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Performance Art featuring Local Artists

Wednesday, Oct. 21  •  6 p.m.  •  VAC
Three Charlotte-based performance artists, John W. Love, Jr., April Marten, and Jon Prichard, will present their own unique works in three locations within the Belk Visual Art Center. Galindo's exhibition will be open late for one last evening to experience her the exhibition.

Kent Williams

Van Every & Smith Galleries
Exhibition Dates: Thursday, Nov. 5 - Wednesday, Dec. 16
Opening Reception: Thursday, Nov. 5 • 6 -8 p.m. • Belk Visual Arts Center
Gallery talk at 6:30 p.m.

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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