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University of North Texas Art Professor Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. D. Jack Davis, a longtime professor of art and founding dean of the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art (CASETA).

The award, given for his contributions to the field, was presented at the 9th Annual Symposium on Early Texas Art and Texas Art Fair April 15 through 17 in Dallas.

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 prepares 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.

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