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

Laura Roebuck: A Series of Discoveries

August 4 – October 15, 2022
Opening Reception September 22, 4 - 6 pm

We are honored to present Laura Roebuck: A Series of Discoveries, an exhibition of both large scale and small canvases by San Francisco / Bay Area-based abstract expressionist painter working in oils. Her creative process is informed by her professional and personal experiences in modern dance, psychology, and medicine.

“My art seeks to expand boundaries; it needs space, depth, air, height, and light for exploration.”

Laura Roebuck · Artist Statement

I am a painter. Through intuition and movement, I explore the interplay of color, shape, and texture using palette knives, paintbrushes, and assorted household and construction tools. I make paintings of varying sizes but am especially drawn to making large-scale works.

My process is largely unconscious but coherent. When I begin a painting, it is often without a specific plan, making the evolution of the painting unpredictable. I am guided by what is happening in the moment between myself and the materials based on what I’m taking in visually and sensually from the world. I am fascinated by what the paint does - the way it drips and dries and pools and moves. Knowing that no marks are permanent, a brushstroke might serve as a temporary guide to something that, in the end, is not included. At times I scrape off entire layers; at other times just sections to access what lies beneath. In this way, my paintings evolve, often over months, sometimes over years.

While much of the process is spontaneous, it is disciplined by the emerging structure of the painting as a whole. Each mark leads to the next while suggesting a series of subsequent steps. I place myself in the traditions of abstract expressionist, color field, minimalist, and arte povera painting. In the end, I want to enjoy looking at the painting, but more importantly, it has to feel true.

Upcoming Exhibitions

An Evening with Willy Porter and Tom Pirozzoli

Folk artists and longtime friends, Willy and Tom, will perform together and separately, new songs and old songs, in a special evening of music in the black box theater.

October 19, 7-9 pm
Niblack Black Box Theater
Free - tickets available at the door.

Sana Musasama and Jenny Swanson: Conversations

An exhibition of innovative ceramic art by two leading women clay artists. Jenny Swanson, head of Ceramics at Dartmouth College, and Sana Musasama is an African-American ceramic and mixed-media artist based in New York City. Her artistic practice parallels her work as an educator and commitment to human rights causes especially the human trafficking of women.

October 27 – December 17, 2022
Opening Reception October 27, 4-6 p.m.
Sana Musasama and Jenny Swanson will give gallery talks and visit classes.

W. Dale and JoAnn Franke Overfield ’69 Art + Design Faculty Exhibition

New creative work in a variety of media by the CSC art + design faculty.

February 9 – May 6, 2023
Opening Reception Thursday, February 9, 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