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Here you can enjoy a variety of public videos on the programs and comments of Willis "Bing" Davis.
Dayton Original: Bing Davis World-renowned artist Bing Davis is the embodiment of Dayton originality. Bing was born in South Carolina but moved to Dayton as a child. He graduated from Wilbur Wright High School, and began his art career after college. Since then, he has produced an extensive collection of versatile and breath-taking art. In addition to creating art, Bing has taught art education at Miami University and Central State, served as a visiting scholar at the University of Dayton, and worked as an artist-in-residence at Wright State University. After teaching at Central State University for 20 years, Bing sought to purchase an art studio where he could teach and mentor Dayton youth in the arts. He chose an unused facility on West Third Street, and opened up the Bing Davis Art Studio and Gallery. Although he could have opened his studio anywhere, Bing wanted to play a role in the revitalization of West Dayton. Bing's Art Studio provides a tangible professional operation in the visual and decorative arts for people of all ages. Bing's lifetime commitment to the arts and education has earned him a Governor's Award of the Ohio Art's Council for which he received the Irma Lazarus Award, which recognizes artists who put Ohio arts on display internationally.
ONE DAY HE WOULD LIKE TO BE AN ARTIST LIKE WILLIS 'BING' DAVIS. BING SPENDS HOURS TUCKED AWAY IN HIS STUDIO ON West 3RD STREET IN DAYTON. I can't ever remember ever not doing art. HE WAS A STANDOUT ATHLETE BUT AS A YOUNG BOY - DISCOVERED HIS TRUE PASSION FOR ART ANNOUNCING IT TO HIS CLASS. THE GIGGLES CAME AND THE SNEERS IN THE LAUGHTER OH YOU CAN'T BE NO ARTIST WHO YOU THINK YOU IS? HE PROVED THE NAYSAYERS WRONG STUDYING ART THROUGH GRAD SCHOOL AND BEGAN TEACHING ART IN THE 60S -- WHILE PERFECTING HIS CRAFT AS A PROFESSIONAL ARTIST. HIS DRAWINGS AND SCULPTURES TAP INTO HIS ANCESTRIAL HISTORY TELLING THE STORY OF HIS LIFE. "I LIKE TO TAKE THINGS THAT ARE OLD AND STABLE AND SEE HOW THEY RELATE TO CONTEMPORARY ISSUES." GROWING UP DURING THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT HE SPOKE LOUDLY AGAINST INJUSTICE THROUGH HIS ART. EVEN WHEN COLLEAGUES SAID HE SHOULDN'T BECAUSE IT WASN'T PROFITABLE. I said i'm a man first and artist later and I'm an african-american and that hyphenation is important and I need to be aware because it help me re-think and get a positive perception of self. "Honesty and truth is more important then silver and gold." HE'S HAD A SUCCESSFUL CAREER TRAVELING THE WORLD TRANSLATING WHAT HE'S SEEN IN HIS WORK. HE RETIRED FROM TEACHING AT CENTRAL STATE UNIVERSITY IN 1998 --BUT HE HAS NOW PLANS TO PUT DOWN HIS PASTELS ANYTIME SOON. "I want my art to reflect some very brief time in history I was on this earth. This is what I saw and this is what i experienced and this is how I expressed it."
Raggin' On: Conversations: Bing Davis
IMA - Indianapolis Museum of Art Bing Davis is a contemporary artist who uses "found" objects to create beautiful works with ties to varying African peoples culture and art. This video was made for an installation of Bing Davis' artwork at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Bing Davis talks of his work, his past and his passions.
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Kuumba: (To be broadcast on Thursday, December 31 at 1:00PM on DAEC and AMK Facebook Pages) – Baba Willis Bing Davis, Baba David Kuumba Greer and Kuumba Drama, Drum and Dance Company. Sponsored by: Wright & Schulte https://www.yourohiolegalhelp.com/ (937) 435-9999 (800) 399-0795 Tommy Owens Entertainment (937) 608-1695 Dayton Africana Elders Council
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