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"Bing" Davis '59 Discusses 'Art in Life' on October 28

October 20, 2009

Bing Davis.jpgOctober 20, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — Willis "Bing" Davis -- a renowned artist, 1959 graduate of DePauw and a former member of the University's faculty -- will return to his alma mater on Wednesday, October 28, for a speech which is free and open to the public. "Willis 'Bing' Davis on Art in Life" will take place in the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media's Watson Forum. The program begins at 7 p.m.

"Davis makes art that engages collectors worldwide, including known personages such as Bill Cosby and the elder [former president George H.W.] Bush," noted the Indianapolis newsweekly, NUVO. "What makes Davis' work appealing to the likes of well-known Republicans as well as, say, Nelson Mandela?," asked NUVO's Julianna Thibodeaux. "It may be the fact that Davis' work is universally accessible -- we all have ancestors -- while being visually complex. (photo at right shows Bing Davis and his wife, Audrey, with Laura Bush)

At the annual meeting of the Dayton Art Institute on February 18, 2009, Davis, retired chair of the art department at Ohio's Central State University, was presented with the Pamela P. Houk Award for Excellence in Art Education.

Learn more about "Bing" Davis in this previous story.

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