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About William Davis

WILLIAM DAVIS

CELEBRATING FORTY-FOUR YEARS IN PHOTOGRAPHY

Born January 1, 1943 in North Carolina. Resident of Taos, New Mexico since April, 1969.

EDUCATION: A.B. in Latin American history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1965.

ONE PERSON SHOWS: Taos Classics, a portfolio of eleven photographs taken around Taos and vicinity during the 1970's and '80's. Portfolio was originally released in 1990, then re-issued August 2007 through the Fenix Gallery, Taos, New Mexico.
Moonscapes, images featuring the lunar presence from 1969-2004, Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico, Oct 2004-Jan 2005.
Journey to the Edge of the World, a portfolio of ten photographs taken at Muley Point on Cedar Mesa in the sandstone country of southeastern Utah. Debuted August 2000 at the Fenix Gallery, Taos, New Mexico.
Taos and The Southwest, 1969-1997, Fenix Gallery, Taos, New Mexico, 1997.
William and Melvin: A World Apart, Collins-Pettit Gallery, Taos, NM, 1993.
La Gente de La Sangre: The Mental Health Series, San Juan College, Farmington, NM, 1990.
Winter In Taos, Phillip Bareiss Contemporary Exhibitions, Taos, NM, 1988.
La Gente de La Sangre: The Mental Health Series, Phillip Bareiss Contemporary Exhibitions, Taos, NM, 1986.
William Davis: Photographs, DVS/Photographs Gallery, Taos, NM. 1984.
The Last Romantic Days of Taos, Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM, Sept 1984- Jan 1985.
Christmas Eve at the Pueblo, DVS/Photographs Gallery, Taos, NM, 1984.
Report From Uranus, DVS/Photographs Gallery, Taos, NM, 1983.
Taos: Recent Visions, DVS/Photographs Gallery, Taos, NM, 1982.
Denizens and Dives, Tennis Ranch Gallery, Taos, NM, 1982.
Bill Davis, Nicholas Potter's, Santa Fe, NM, 1979.
If Mountains Die, Julia Black Gallery, Taos, NM, 1979.

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS:

Miniature Show, juried show of small works, Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, New Mexico, Nov 2006-Jan 2007 and Feb-March 2008.
Photography +, annual contemporary juried invitational show, Mark Sink, curator, The Art Center, Grand Junction, Colorado, July-August, 2005.
Photography 7, invitational show, Fenix Gallery, Taos, NM, June-July 4, 2001.
Taos Invites Taos, Fall Arts Celebration Invitational Show, Taos Civic Center, Taos, NM, held annually September-October, 1995 to date.
Taos Inn-vitational, Spring Arts Invitational Show, Taos Inn, Taos, NM, May- July, 1999.
Four Photographers, Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM, March-May, 1999.
UNM Marches on the TAA, Student-Faculty Show of the Visual Arts Department, The University of New Mexico-Taos, Stables Art Gallery, January 1999.
Inspired Moments, invitational show, Lallak and Tom Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, Aug-Sept 1998.
To Our Land With Love, invitational show of landscape photographs, Taos Inn Spring Arts exhibition, Taos, NM, March-June 1996.
Taos Exposed: An Exotic Erotic Show, invitational show of nude images, Ouray's Spirit Runner Gallery, Taos, NM, Sept-Oct 1995.
Seventieth Anniversary: 1923-1993, Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM, Nov 1993- Jan 1994.
Right To Write Show, invited artist, Opening Scene Gallery, Taos, NM, 1993 & 1994.
Voyeur: A Show of the Erotic, juried show, Rod Goebel Gallery, Taos, NM, 1993.
Spring Arts Show, invited artist, Taos Civic Center, Taos, NM, 1992.
Collage-Assemblage Show, Juror/Artist, Stables Art Center, Taos, NM, 1991.
21 Photographers From New Mexico, curated by Van Deren Coke, Vision Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 1991.
Beyond Photography, juried by Charlotte Kotik, Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX, 1991. [Show travelled throughout Texas into 1992.]
Night Moves, invitational show, Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM, Dec 1990- Jan 1991.
Nonrepresentational Show, invited artist, Stables Art Center, Taos, NM, 1990.
Spring Arts Celebration, juried, Taos Civic Center, Taos, NM, 1990.
Contemporary Photography in New Mexico, curated by Van Deren Coke, Stables Art Center, Taos, NM, 1989.
Portraits of New Mexicans, Governor's Gallery, State Capitol Building, Santa Fe, NM, Dec 1989-Jan 1990.
Vision '88, invitational show, Fine Arts Gallery of the New Mexico State Fairgrounds, Albuquerque, NM, 1988.
Taos Invites Taos, invitational show, Fall Arts Festival, Taos, NM, Oct 1987.
Vision '87, invitational show, Fine Arts Gallery of the New Mexico State Fairgrounds, Albuquerque, NM, 1987.
Taos Photography Today, invitational show, Fall Arts Festival, Taos, NM, 1986.
Statements '86, invited artist, June Celebration of the Arts, Albuquerque, NM, 1986.
New Mexico Photographers, Santa Fe Festival of the Arts, Santa Fe, NM, 1981.
Beaumont Newhall Selects, Santa Fe Festival of the Arts, Santa Fe, NM, 1980.
Southwestern Biennial, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM, 1978.
Taos Art Association Open Awards Show, Stables Art Center, Taos, NM, 1976.

WORKS IN PERMANENT COLLECTIONS:

Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico.
Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
Peter and Madeleine Martin Foundation for the Creative Arts, Taos, New Mexico.

HONORS:

Selected as a Living Master for the 2007 Fall Arts Celebration Invitational Show, Taos Civic Center, Taos, NM, September-October 2007.
Photography Award, Taos Fall Arts Celebration Invitational Show, Taos Civic Center, Taos, NM, September-October 2002, Stephen Fleming, Director of Roswell Artists-in-Residence Program; Kathleen Howe, Curator of Prints and Photography, UNM Art Museum; Barbara Lucero-Sand, Professor of Museum Studies, IAIA, Jurors.
Juror, Spring Photography Show, a juried photography exhibition, Spanish Peaks Arts Council, La Veta, CO, May-June 2002 & 2003.
Photography Award, Taos Fall Arts Celebration Invitational Show, Taos Civic Center, Taos, NM, September-October 1999. Blake Larson, Roswell Museum; Mary Stephenson, Artist-In-Residence; Terry Bumpass, Governor's Gallery, Jurors.
Poster Artist, 1999 Spring Arts Celebration, first photographic image to be used on a Taos arts festival poster.
Lecture, Photography From Start to Finish, Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM, February 1996.
Panelist, Talk Back Forum, Is Photography A Fine Art?, Stables Art Center, Taos, NM, June, 1995.
Second Prize, Contemporary Art, Taos Spring Arts Celebration, Taos, NM, 1990.
Curator, Pueblos of New Mexico, an exhibition of historical and contemporary photographs, Stables Art Center, Taos, NM, 1986.
First Prize [cash award], Fall Arts Festival Photography Show, Mission Gallery, Taos, NM, 1985.
Curator, Architecture of the Southwest, a juried and invitational photography exhibition, Stables Art Center, Taos, NM, 1984.
Member, Visual Arts Committee, Stables Art Center, Taos, NM, 1982-1987.
Honorable Mention, Southwestern Biennial, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM, 1978.
Photography Award, Taos Art Association Open Awards Show, Stables Art Center, Taos, NM, 1978.

PUBLICATIONS:

If Mountains Die, sixty-five photographs with text by John Nichols, published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1979. (Currently in print: W.W. Norton & Co.)
Web Profiles, review of my website: taosphotographs.com by Joe Farace for Shutterbug magazine, November 2006, Volume 36, Number 1, Issue 434.
Shoot Film and Scan, article with 6 accompanying photographs, Shutterbug magazine February 2006, Volume 35, Number 4, Issue 425.
Sharp Shooters, interviews by Richard Mahler with 8 western fine art photographers, with accompanying photograph, Southwest Art magazine, May 2004.
Review, The magazine, Volume VI Number V, by Christine Hemp, with accompanying photograph, November 1997.
Interview, Photographer's Forum magazine, Volume 16, No. 2, New Mexico Photographers: Drawn To The Light, by Grace Schaub, with accompanying photographs, February 1994.
Issues of the North, by Annie MacNaughton, Taos News, February 14, 1991.
Captured By Taos, by William Clark, Albuquerque Journal, November 30, 1990.
Earth Song, by Miriam Kaplan, published by Crystal Heart Press, fourteen accompanying photographs, 1988.
Profile of William Davis, by Elaine Query, Taos News, November 1987.
Interview, Photographer's Forum magazine, Volume 6, No. 3, Bill Davis: A Photographer In Taos, by George Schaub with accompanying photographs, May 1984.

OTHER ACTIVITIES:

Taught photography at University of New Mexico-Taos from 1998 until 2005.
1982-1986: Owner and director of DVS/Photographs, a gallery devoted to the showing of fine contemporary photography and featuring work by New Mexico photographers.