D. Jack Davis, a longtime professor of art and former dean of UNT’s College of Visual Arts and Design, received the Distinguished Service Within the Profession Award from the National Art Education Association.
The award was given at the NAEA National Convention in mid-April. The honor recognizes his outstanding achievement, contribution and service in the field of art education.
"The arts are an essential component of a democratic society and should be a part of the general education of every student in America," Davis says. "By providing individuals an opportunity to develop their perceptual skills, their critical and creative thinking abilities, and their aesthetic sensibilities, an education in the arts frees individuals to learn in new, exciting and meaningful ways. A strong national voice is necessary to achieve this goal, and the National Art Education Association has played a major role toward this end. I am privileged to have been a member of the Association for more than 50 years."
About D. Jack Davis
Davis began his career at UNT as a professor of art in 1971. During his tenure, he has served as chair of the Department of Art from 1976 to 1983, UNT associate vice president for academic affairs from 1983 to 1985, UNT vice provost from 1985 to 1993 and founding dean of the UNT School of Visual Arts (now the College of Visual Arts and Design) from 1993 until 2004. He now serves as professor of art and director of the university's North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts, which is currently involved in preparing arts leaders.
Before joining UNT, Davis served on the art faculty at Texas Tech University, University of Minnesota, Wayland Baptist University in Plainview and Baylor University. He also taught in the Waco public schools.
Davis is a life member and Distinguished Fellow of the National Art Education Association, which includes elementary, secondary, middle and high school art teachers and representatives from major art museums, state departments of education, arts councils and major colleges and universities. In 2005, he was named National Art Educator of the Year by the National Art Education Association.
Ellen Rossetti with UNT News Service can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.