William H. & Sonja Carlson Davidow '56
Fine Art Gallery

Open Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The mission of the William H. and Sonja Carlson Davidow '56 Fine Art Gallery is to provide quality exhibitions and educational experiences for students and the greater community that deepen understanding of art, strengthen critical thinking, and broaden life experiences.

Our exhibitions highlight the creative spirit while raising awareness of the arts and the role of visual literacy and culture in a liberal arts environment. All of us at Colby-Sawyer want the visual arts to flourish and believe that the arts enrich our lives and serve as testimony to the beliefs and values of our culture, the world and the mysteries of the unknown.

Current Exhibitions

Richard Haynes: Culture Keeper, Culture Maker

February 3 – May 7, 2022

We are honored to present Richard Haynes: Culture Keeper, Culture Maker, an exhibition of Richard’s expressive and brightly colored paintings against a backdrop of world crises in health and education, climate and environmental destruction, inequity, and mass migration.

Richard Haynes’s images recreate the plight of Black America. His paintings derive from memory and nostalgia, brightly colored with undeniable hope. Like Walt Whitman, Richard celebrates what it means to be an American in an era of significant national transformation. Like Whitman, Richard tells our stories. Unlike Whitman, he does not use words, but he uses shapes and hues. His style is instantly familiar yet surprisingly new and accessible. His art offers messages of hope, possibility, and unity during a time of struggle and isolation.

As part of this special exhibition, Richard collaborated with us and presented a workshop to CSC students involving written responses to and interpretations of his circular painting series in the exhibit. Please take a moment to read the thoughtful and original responses to his paintings by participating students, when you attend the show.

We are grateful to Richard Haynes for his generous support of this special exhibition and for providing valuable educational programming related to the Culture Keeper, Culture Maker project.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Laura Roebuck: A Series of Discoveries - July 22 – October 16, 2022
William H. & Sonja Carlson Davidow '56 Fine Art Gallery

Sana Musasama and Jenny Swanson: Conversations - Fall 2022
William H. & Sonja Carlson Davidow '56 Fine Art Gallery

W. Dale and JoAnn Franke Overfield ’69 Art + Design Faculty Exhibition - Winter 2023
William H. & Sonja Carlson Davidow '56 Fine Art Gallery

Marian Graves Mugar
Art Gallery at Sawyer Art Center

Open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Upcoming Exhibitions

  • The Annual Gladys Greenbaum Meyers Juried Student Exhibition 2022
    March 4 - 24, 2022
    Opening Reception: Friday, March 4, 4-6 p.m.
  • The Senior Capstone Exhibition 2022
    April 14 - May 7, 2022 (Graduation Day)
    Opening Reception: Thursday, April 14, 4-6 p.m.

For information on gallery programming and our studio art + design program, contact:
Professor Jon Keenan, Director, William H. and Sonja Carlson Davidow '56 Fine Art Gallery
at jkeenan@colby-sawyer.edu or 603.526.3667