D. Jack Davis Art Education Collection, 1882-2013
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Brief Description:

Series 1 of this collection includes materials related to Professor Davis’s education, various appointment resources, personal items (including but not limited to calendars), an oral history, general publicity documents, and correspondence. Additionally included are awards and honors, records of service on various boards and committees, publications and editorships, exhibitions, curatorial work and service as a juror, presentations and workshops, funded projects totaling approximately $10 million, unfunded projects, consulting experiences, involvement in professional organizations, and materials from conferences Davis attended.

Much of the material associated with his various administrative appointments remain with the respective offices and are preserved according to the records retention policy of the State of Texas. Complete archives related to the North Texas Institute—specifically the Getty Disciplined-Based Art Education project, the Transforming Education through the Arts project and the Priddy Fellowship Programs—are contained in the University of North Texas Library that are specifically dedicated to those projects.

Series 2 is comprised of publications and vertical files. This series includes a number of books on art education and artistic creativity. Publications are arranged in the UNT Library Catalog under the subject heading D. Jack Davis Art Education Collection, and are listed in the Finding Aid by title, author, the publisher, and publication date. Publications include the Pennsylvania State University papers in Art Education, booklets from the National Art Education Association (NAEA), bulletins of the Western Art Association and other similar publications. Vertical files each represent small collections of information on notable art educators.

Held at:
University Archives
Record Series Number: 01/AR0437
Created by: D. Jack Davis
Volume: 23.0 Boxes
Acquired: 06/00/2012.
Arrangement: This collection is divided into two series: Series 1: D. Jack Davis Papers and Series 2: Publications and Vertical Files on Art Education. Professor Davis organized many of the materials personally, thus the original order of the documents in this collection has been preserved.
Biographical Note for D. Jack Davis :

D. Jack Davis is (as of 2017) an Emeritus Professor of Art at the University of North Texas (UNT) and a former Director of the North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Art. Davis received his B.A. in Art and Education and his M.A. in Education from Baylor University; he continued on to complete his PhD in Art Education from the University of Minnesota. His teaching career began at the junior high school level as an art instructor in Waco, Texas; however, Professor Davis quickly achieved prestigious teaching positions at Wayland College, the University of Minnesota, Illinois State University and Texas Tech University before obtaining a tenured position at UNT. From 1971—2011 Davis served as one of UNT’s most beloved professors of art.

            In addition to his instructional career, D. Jack Davis fulfilled several vital roles in UNT academics including service as a department chair (1976—1983), Vice Provost of the University (1983—1993) and Dean of the College of Visual Arts and Design (1993—2004). Professor Davis has authored over 40 publications in media such as books, journal articles, and technical reports and has delivered more than 100 presentations at the local, state, national, and international levels. Some of his most notable awards include his recognition as a Distinguished Fellow of the National Art Education Association (1999), Distinguished Fellow of the Texas Art Education Association (1993), National Higher Education Art Education of the Year (1988), and the Texas Art Educator of the Year (1990). Professor Davis is a member of the National Art Education Association, the Council on Policy Studies in Art Education, the International Society for Education Through Art, and the Texas Association of Schools of Art, to name a few.

            According to his LinkedIn web page, Dr. Davis currently engages in consultations with educational institutions, museums, foundations, and galleries as well as performs appraisals in the fine and decorative arts. As of 2017, D. Jack Davis is involved with writing projects that concern early Texas silver and art and serves as a member of the Editorial Board of the UNT Press and the UNT Library Advocacy Board.

Access Restrictions: This collection is not restricted.
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Notes: This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.
Acquisition Notes: D. Jack Davis  Gift
PreferredCitation: D. Jack Davis Art Education Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections
Finding Aid Revisions: This Finding Aid was revised by Hailey LaRock in October 2017 to amend spelling and capitalization errors, ellaborate on administrative details, correct dates, and add additional materials to the collection.