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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 Ph.D. 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.
The North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts (NTIEVA) was founded at the University of North Texas (UNT) in 1990 as one of six regional institutes established by the Getty Education Institute, an operating unit of the J. Paul Getty Trust. From 1990 through 1996, the Institute engaged in an extensive staff development and implementation effort for disciplined-based art education (DBAE), coordinating a consortium of six school districts (Dallas ISD, Denton ISD, Fort Worth ISD, Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, Pilot Point ISD, and Plano ISD) and five museums (Amon Carter Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, Kimbell Art Museum, Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University, and the Museum of Modern Art in Fort Worth) in the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex. Focusing on the elementary level, the Consortium provided classroom teachers, art specialist teachers, school administrators, and museum educators in-depth professional development experiences in aesthetics, art criticism, art history, and art production, as well as technical assistance in the development and implementation of curriculum that would be a part of the general education of every student. Over the six year span, the Consortium worked with teachers and administrators in more than 375 elementary schools and the education staff members in all five museums. Intensive summer workshops were conducted and technical assistance was provided during the curriculum development and implementation process.
Support for NTIEVA came from the Getty Education Institute, the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation, the Amon Carter Foundation, the University of North Texas Foundation, the Crystelle Waggoner Charitable Trust, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Greater Denton Arts Council, corporations, and gifts from individuals. Several projects complemented this effort. The ArtLinks Portfolio Project involved working with the five museums to select five seminal works of art from each museum and reproducing them in a large scale format for classroom use. The Institute staff and the museum personnel also developed extensive curriculum materials related to each reproduction that would guide teachers in their classroom use of the reproductions. This project was funded by the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation and a portfolio of the twenty-five reproductions was placed in each of the elementary schools with whom the Institute worked.
In 1994, NTIEVA received a three-year grant from the Getty Center for Education in the Arts to establish a National Center for Art Museum/School Collaborations (NCAMSC). The Center, directed by Professor Nancy Berry, focused on collaborative programming between art museums and schools using a comprehensive approach to art education. It served as a clearinghouse for information about successful programs and practices by conducting and collecting research, maintaining a database of information, and creating electronic and/or print networks for information retrieval. The Center organized regional and national conferences to bring together art museum and school educators and developed a program of publications on the subject of art museum/school collaborations. The Institute also engaged in a two-year, state-wide advocacy project for arts education that was funded jointly by the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation and the J. Paul Getty Trust. Presentations were made at statewide meetings of school administrators and school board members, and teams of faculty and students presented more in-depth sessions for school board members, school administrators and museum personnel in cities throughout the state.
From 1996 to 2001, the Institute, as a member of the National Arts Education Consortium (NAEC), worked with the five other institutes throughout the country (California Consortium for Arts Education, Florida Institute for Art Education, Nebraska Consortium for Arts Education, Ohio Partnership for the Visual Arts, and Southeast Center for Education in the Arts) to conduct a national research project that examined the issues related to making meaningful study in the arts integral to a child's education and the impact of this study upon the child's art learning as well as his or her learning in other areas of the curriculum. The NAEC designed the Transforming Education Through the Arts Challenge (TETAC) project to fuse advancement of education in the arts with general school reform. Three goals guided the project: (1) building support for learning in the arts as an equal part of the core curriculum, (2) integrating a comprehensive approach to arts inquiry with other elements of school reform and (3) documenting the impact of the TETAC approach on student learning and school culture. Funded by the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Annenberg Foundation, the five (5) institutes worked with 35 schools – six in each of five Institute sites and five in one site.
From its beginning, the Institute was involved in the preparation of arts leaders, recognizing that leadership in the field of arts education takes many forms and dimensions, ranging from instructional leaders in schools, to educational leaders in arts organizations such as museums, symphonies and community arts groups, to management positions in all types of educational and arts organizations. In 1995, the Marcus Fellowship Program was established with the generous support of the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation. This program was designed to select individuals from the State of Texas who were committed to assuming a leadership role in the State following completion of the program. Between 1995 and 2006, 53 individuals with a visual arts background were supported for participation in a year-long, intensive educational program designed to develop their leadership skills and abilities.
In the fall of 2005, the Robert and Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust provided funding for a five-year project to expand the preparation of arts leaders beyond Texas and to include music students in addition to visual arts students. The Priddy Fellowships in Arts Leadership Program supported 10 students (5 visual arts and 5 music) each year for participation in a year-long program of study designed to prepare individuals for arts leadership roles in a variety of settings. During this time, a Graduate Certificate in Arts Leadership program was established in the College of Visual Arts and Design and the College of Music, and scholarships were established to support students admitted to the program. Throughout its history, the Institute engaged in the preparation of curriculum resource materials and curriculum units that are made available to teachers at no cost through its nationally recognized newsletter and on its website. A complete archive of the newsletter is available on the NTIEVA website. Additional curriculum resources are also available on the website.
The Institute also collaborated with the Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas art to develop three units of instruction that are based upon the work of early Texas artists. Additionally, the Institute collaborated with the Wichtia Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University to develop units of instruction based upon the work of early Wichita Falls area artists. Between 1990 and 2010, the Institute was supported by more than $10 million in grant and sponsored project support. This support has come from major national funders such as the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Annenberg Foundation; local funders – the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation, the Amon G. Carter Foundation, the Chrystelle Waggoner Charitable Trust, the University of North Texas Foundation; state and local arts agencies – the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Greater Denton Arts Council; corporations, and individual gifts.
Among the main purposes for establishing the Institute were to (1) enhance the programs in art education in the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas, (2) to provide support for graduate students and their research, (3) to provide resource materials for teachers, administrators and museum personnel and (4) to provide a mechanism for the College of Visual Arts and Design and the University of North Texas to implement outreach programs to the educational and cultural communities in the DFW metroplex and across the state. Significant achievements were made in each of these areas. The UNT pre-service teacher education program in the visual arts is considered to be one of the best in the state, and the graduate programs in art education have been ranked among the top fifteen (15) in the United States and Canada. Through its many activities, the Institute has been recognized for its outreach efforts to schools in the DFW metroplex, throughout the State of Texas, and beyond.
[Source: D. Jack Davis, Emeritus Professor of Art at the University of North Texas]
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This collection is divided into three series: Series 1: D. Jack Davis Papers, Series 2: Publications and Vertical Files on Art Education, and Series 3: Born Digital Documents. Professor Davis organized many of the materials personally. Therefore, the original order of the documents in this collection are preserved.
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 for Educators on the Visual Arts (NTIEVA)—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.
Series 3 is composed of born digital documents, scans of physical items that do not exist elsewhere in the collection. They can be accessed in
Central Midwestern Regional Education Laboratory (CEMREL)
Central Midwestern Regional Educational Laboratory (CEMREL)
D. Jack Davis Art Education Collection
These materials do not exist in a physical format and are accessible in The Portal to Texas History.