Jack is facing forward and smiling. He has white hair and a white mustache and wears glasses, a red bow tie, white shirt and black jacket.

D. Jack Davis

Advancement Board Member


D. Jack Davis is Professor Emeritus and the founding dean of the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas.

He has authored over 50 publications and presented over 100 papers on his research, development, and creative activities. His work includes curriculum development in the arts, with a particular interest in K-12 comprehensive, integrated arts education. Davis's projects often focus on curriculum and resource materials for early Texas artists, 19th-century Texas silversmiths, and Texas women artists.

Several prestigious organizations have funded his activities, including the U.S. Office of Education, the John D. Rockefeller 3rd Fund for Arts Education, the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Annenberg Foundation, the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation, the Amon G. Carter Foundation, and The Priddy Foundation®. He has also received recognition from the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Council of Art Administrators, and the International Council of Fine Arts Deans.

As a consultant, Davis has shared his expertise with school districts, colleges, universities, and art museums. His service extends to numerous boards, such as the GDAC, the African American Museum in Dallas, the International Council of Fine Arts Deans, the National Council of Art Administrators, the NAEA, and the National Art Education Foundation, where he was chair for eight years.

In 2008, under the leadership of renowned arts patron Raymond Nasher, CVAD's advancement board created an endowed lecture series in Davis's honor. Each year, the art education faculty selects an internationally known speaker for the D. Jack Davis Lecture Series, one of CVAD's signature annual events, which continues to enrich students and faculty and advance critical discourse in art education.

Davis is also a founding member of the Public Art Committee for the City of Denton, Texas. He serves on the UNT Libraries' Press Editorial Board and the CVAD Advancement Board. As of 2024, he is the immediate past chair of the UNT Library Advocacy Board.

D. Jack Davis Years of Service & Awards

1959: B.A., 1959, Baylor University 
1961: M.A., 1961, Baylor University
1959–1961: Teacher, Waco Public Schools
1966: Ph.D., University of Minnesota 
1960 and 1961 Summers: Teacher, Baylor University
1961–1963: Teacher, Wayland College
1964–1965: Teacher, University of Minnesota
1967 summer: Teacher, Illinois State University
1965–1965: Teacher, Texas Tech University
1969–1971: Associate director of the Aesthetic Education Project at the Central Midwestern Regional Educational Laboratory and director of Evaluation for the Arts in General Education Project in the University City, Missouri, Public Schools
1971–76: Director, graduate studies in Art
1973–1975: Board and chair of the National Art Education Association
1976–1983: Chair, Department of Art
1983–1993: UNT Vice Provost
1987–1989: President, Texas Art Education Association and lifetime member
1989: Distinguished Fellow of NAEA
1990: Lowenfeld Award, NAEA
1990: Named Texas Art Educator of the Year by the TAEA
1990: Recipient, Administrative Fulbright Award to Germany
1990–2011: Co-director and director of the North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts, lifetime member of NTIEVA
1993: TAEA Distinguished Fellows charter member
1993–2004: CVAD Dean
2001: Certificate in appraisal studies in fine and decorative arts, New York University
2005: National Art Educator of the Year, NAEA
2005–2007: Secretary, Southwest Region of the College Board
2006: Recipient of the Community Arts Recognition Award by the Greater Denton Arts Council
2007–2009: Treasurer, Southwest Region of the College Board
2010: Distinguished Service within the Profession, NAEA
2012: Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art
2024: Eisner Lifetime Achievement Award, NAEA

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