American Bill Davis, B.FA. (O.U.) and MFA (Tyler) Photography (Summa Cum Laude), twice-nominated for “Excellence in Teaching”, is an artist and professor who lectures on the history and practice of photography– in analog and digital forms. Davis was studio manager for Pavel Banka in Prague and later studied with Martha Madigan and A.D. Coleman– all world-renowned artists or educators. With a background in studio photography and a leading role in sustainability, the artist is known for making images and maintaining a practice that promotes socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable activity. He was recently awarded grants for No Dark in Sight, a multi-national project to photograph how societies use light to propel culture. No Dark in Sight exhibitions, lectures, published research, and presentations– are active in the U.S. and abroad. His work can be found in journals, publications, catalogs, and magazines that promote and support photography. No Dark in Sight expresses our human capacity and composure to co-exist with and mange natural, and more importantly, artificial light. Because light is illusive, abstract, and pervasive, Davis prefers to make abstract and literal images as tools that can serve large communities and individual minds. Perception, form, and biographic narrative are recurrent topics in his artwork. Bill Davis’ current ArtPrize submission reveals our hypnotic addiction to artificial light in natural darkness. It is our nighttime muse. His images indicate that quality of light affects quality of life. Ultimately in this project, Davis is interested in how traditional interpretations of the industrial revolution upended the well-being of those it was presupposed to serve. Fake light is a real problem. “Davis’ work draws viewers in by its complexity. His photographs create an air of remoteness, which attracts viewers’ attention to Davis’ philosophical narrative of the intersection and understanding of ways in which worlds intertwine.” – G. Latta (Smash Magazine). “Davis stands at the threshold of life’s discovery– working with relationships and stories in which the most common of life’s truths are validated: movement of the hidden and visible, of composite and simple forms.” – Dr. Milena Klasova (Optimism Magazine). He has traveled, lived, and worked on six continents- to better convey and understand our biosphere. Find additional work at his website: http://homepages.wmich.edu/~wdavis/
William's ArtPrize Entries
These are William's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.