Colby-Sawyer College senior Will Shearer '14 and Assistant Professor Mary Mead, who teaches printmaking, lift a print from his woodcut block. (COURTESY)
Colby-Sawyer gets $3 million gift toward arts center
Colby-Sawyer president Thomas C. Galligan Jr. said the donation “was a wonderful gift from two wonderful people who really care about the arts at Colby-Sawyer,” referring to the gift-givers, Bill and Sonja Davidow of Woodside, Calif.
The building will benefit all of the college’s approximately 1,400 students, as all graduates of Colby-Sawyer must take at least one arts class, Galligan said. About 10 percent of the college population are arts majors; the college offers arts and fine arts majors.
“We think that an education in arts is critical to a liberal arts education,” Galligan said. “It helps the students tremendously. Almost every job out there requires creativity, and the arts brings that out of students.”
“My grandfather was an artist. I don’t think he did anything else but paint. That was his life, and I thought, what a wonderful thing to be able to do that and support his lifestyle, which many artists can’t,” Sonja Davidow said. “Art, whether painting, photography, or whatever it happens to be, is very important, and we want to ensure that Colby-Sawyer students have the opportunity to study and practice art in a beautiful space.”