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

Dayna Talbot: The Power of Remembrance

Opening reception - Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 - 4-6 p.m.
Closing Date - February 11, 2022
Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery, Sawyer Center

Multi-media artist Dayna Talbot was a flight attendant for United Airlines and on September 11, 2001 was on her way to Boston for a medical procedure when she heard the news of the first plane. By the time she arrived at Dana Farber she had heard the news of the second plane and knew immediately that this was terrorism.

"The Power of Remembrance" project began three years later when United offered a company wide leave of absence. At that time, Dayna entered a BFA program at Massachusetts College of Art and unknowingly began documenting her responses to grief and trauma. This exhibition-installation memorializes and explores her aesthetic response to the tragic attacks on 9/11.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Richard Haynes: Culture Keeper, Culture Maker

February 3 – May 7, 2022

An American visual storyteller, Richard Haynes uses his art not only to make society aware of the invisible in this world but also to inspire unity. He is a painter, photographer, educator, mentor, and powerful advocate for social justice who currently serves as the Associate Director of Admissions for Diversity at the University of New Hampshire.

Chronicle WMUR-TV Jennifer Crompton writes: "Artist Richard Haynes settled in New Hampshire following a journey he describes as "an African American looking for a better way." Richard Haynes: Culture Keeper, Culture Maker presents Richard’s most recent acrylic paintings done in his signature style of semi-abstract faceless figures rendered in flat, bold colors, portraying “blacks and whites harmoniously living, working and playing together, side by side, even touching, something that was forbidden in Haynes' childhood world."

Laura Roebuck: A Series of Discoveries - Summer 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.
    Student artwork due for jury on: February 23 by noon in the Mugar Art Gallery
  • 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