Permanent Art Collection Acquisition

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From 1972 until 1976, Herb Jackson, Davidson College professor emeritus, initiated and hosted a landmark exhibition, the Davidson National Print and Drawing Competition. During those five years, artists from around the country shipped thousands of works of art to Davidson College to be juried by acclaimed artists and curators. Artists vied for a spot on the gallery walls and for awards, which included the purchase of some works for the College’s Permanent Art Collection. 

The series of exhibitions, and subsequent subset of the Permanent Collection, provide a glimpse into drawing and printmaking techniques and styles at the time. In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the last Davidson National, and in the spirit of this exhibition, Material Matters: Water, Pigment, and Light, features works from 8 artists from across the US: Nancy Baker, Matthew Brandt, Chris Duncan, Selena Kimball, Lavar Munroe, Liz Nielsen, and Shoshanna Weinberger in the Van Every Gallery, and William Cordova in the Smith Gallery. Though this exhibition is curated rather than juried, the artists selected represent the range of possibilities for what works on and of paper could be, including an exploration of unique processes and materials capable of making marks — from graphite and gouache to water, sun, earth, and time.

With your support, The Galleries will purchase new works for the Permanent Art Collection from this exhibition, as a way of increasing our 21st century holdings of
works on paper. Purchases will be determined by public vote. 

Related events:

  • September 1, 6-8pm - Exhibition Opening Reception - public voting will begin.
  • September 15, 11:05am-12:05pm - Common Hour Coffee + Conversation, Belk Visual Art Center. Gallery interns will introduce the community to works eligible for purchase. 
  • September 22, 7-9pm - Art  Acquisition Party, Belk Visual Art Center. Purchased artworks will be revealed during this event.  RSVP required:



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