Tarleton Celebrates Career of Mark Davis with Exhibition, Reception


Monday, August 8, 2022

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Tarleton State University’s Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Art Gallery will present a special exhibition Aug. 18-Sept. 25 honoring the life and work of Mark G. Davis.

Former colleagues and students are invited to celebrate Davis’ life and memory at a reception at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, outside the gallery.

The exhibition and reception are open to the public.

In 45 years of service to Tarleton, Davis helped found the art program and later wrote the curriculum for the BFA degree in studio art.

A teacher to generations of painting and drawing students, he received the 2007 O.A. Grant Excellence in Teaching Award.

His paintings combine flat and two-dimensional shapes with images and iconography inspired by western themes. Numerous individuals and businesses across the state and nation feature his work in their collections.

Davis earned a bachelor of arts in art at the University of Colorado Boulder and, in 1971, a master of arts at North Texas State University (now University of North Texas).

A founding member of The Texas A&M System, Tarleton State is breaking records — in enrollment, research, scholarship, athletics, philanthropy and engagement — while transforming the lives of more than 16,000 students in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Bryan and online. True to Tarleton’s values of excellence, integrity and respect, academic programs emphasize real world learning and address regional, state and national needs.