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Master of Fine Arts in Painting + Drawing, Ohio University, Athens, OH, 2016

Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2-Dimensional Studies, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, 2012



  • Warriors is the Garden, The Yard, New York, NY 2022
  • Art From Acid Mine Invitational, Majestic Galleries, Nelsonville, OH 2022
  • Lotus Live Art Exhibition, Brooklyn, NY 2020
  • New Prints 2017/Winter, International Print Center New York, New York, NY, 2017
  • Resolutions: More Art, Wash Park Art, Cincinnati, OH, 2017
  • 23rd African American Arts Exhibition, Actors Theatre Gallery, Louisville, KY, 2017
  • Athens International Film + Video Festival, Athens, OH 2016
  • Polyvocal Mixtape: Positionality, Majestic Galleries, Athens, OH 2016
  • Paint Is Thicker Than Water, Rio Grande, OH 2016
  • I Can’t Breath, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2015
  • Changeling, Majestic Annex, Nelsonville, OH, 2015
  • 21st African American Arts Exhibition, Actors Theatre Gallery, Louisville, KY, 2015
  • Neoteric, Majestic Galleries, Nelsonville, OH, 2015
  • Hybrid Identities International Experimental Video Art Festical, Mediterráneo Centro Artistico, Almeria, Spain 2014
  • Hidden Rooms International Video Art Exhibition, Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi, Venice, Italy, 2014



  • Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY, 2022



  • Creative Artworks, New York, NY, 2022



  • Wassaic Project Education Fellowship Stipend, Wassaic Project, 2022
  • Ishmon and Terri Burks Award, African American Arts Exhibitions, 2015
  • Palmer Scholarship Travel Grant, The Toledo Museum of Art, 2012


  • K. Caraccio Fine Art Print Collection, 2022
  • Private Mural, Jamaica, NY 2021
  • Untitled Mural, Lotus Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 2020
  • Dagara Music Center, Ghana, West Africa, 2012


Adjunct Professor, (Art History) Prehistory to Middle Ages, Renaissance to Modern World, Modern Art Tom Rivers, New Jersey, 2023-Present

  • Create course curriculum
  • Present artworks and historical context
  • Track student progress in understanding of materials
  • Develop responsive discussion posts and assignments

Teaching Artist-in-Residence, Creative Art Works, New York, NY, 2018-Present

Clients: I.S. 254X, Bronx Family Court, Queens Community Justice Center, Hamilton 

Grange Middle School, Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, PS/MS 4, Police Athletic 

League Webster Center

    • Design lesson plans for various middle schools, for in-school and after school classes
    • Lead middle school, high school and college students in designing and painting murals around New York City
    • Manage inventory of mural supplies
    • Lead financial literary lectures 
    • Develop students abilities in professionalism

Teaching Artist, Groundswell, Brooklyn, New York, 2021

    • Guide students in creating a mural with local client
    • Develop lesson plan to facilitate mural design elements from youth artists
    • Lead student in presentation of mural with client
    • Teach professional development skills including interviewing client and writing resume

Instructor, Intersectional Approaches (studio course), Ohio University, 2016

    • Create course curriculum
    • Integrate cross-disciplinary materials with oil painting
    • Introduce readings to create an intersectional framework in thinking about how to make, view, and synthesize artwork
    • Encourage students to experiment and make mistakes with materials and process
    • Track student progress there willingness to create multiple ideations
    • Manage course budget

Instructor, Art and Hip Hop (lecture course), Ohio University, 2016 & 2015

    • Create course curriculum
    • Write scripts for online recorded video lectures
    • Introduce contemporary art through the historical lens of hip-hop culture: graffiti, dance, DJ, and music
    • Regularly monitor and engage with students on message boards

Instructor, Introduction to Painting (studio course), Ohio University, 2015

    • Encourage creative expression, perception, and composition
    • Develop fundamental skills and techniques in oil painting
    • Maintain grade logs to monitor student progress
    • Create course curriculum and manage course budget

Instructor, Figure Drawing (studio course), Ohio University, 2015

    • Emphasize skeletal structure, proportional figure drawing, and close frame drawing
    • Expand notions of the figure by exploring contemporary practices in figure drawings
    • Graded works to monitor student progress
    • Create course curriculum and manage budget



  • Glazing in Oil Painting, Professional Children’s School, Spring, 2023
  • Student and Emerging Professionals Panel, CAA Advancing Art & Design, 2019
  • Black On Both Sides Lecture, International Print Center New York, New York, NY, 2017
  • Monotype printmaking workshop, Stanley Isaac Center, New York, NY, 2017



Family Art Project Weekend Coordinator, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY, 2018-2021

    • Oversee operations of event hosting 100+ individuals weekly
    • Develop inventory and archiving electronic systems through Google Docs and Sheets
    • Create new curriculum in professional development for Interns
    • Co-develop and conceptualize nature based theme projects integrated with social justice based practices

Juror, Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, New York, NY, 2019

    • Collaborate with fellow jurors in jurying high school students’ works for awards and scholarship 


  • Davis, Ryan, Masking: The Art of Manifestation, Quiet Lunch Issue 4, 2017
  • Davis, Ryan, The Art of Fear: The Act of Making Art Post Graduate School, Naturestudies.com, 2016
  • Davis Ryan, Because The Internet: Micro-Genres and The Individualistic Revolution in Music, Jettison Magazine, 2016


  • Exhibition Catalog, “Secret of the Friendly Woods,” Wassaic Project, 2021
  • Exhibition Catalog, “23rd African American Arts Exhibition,Actors Theatre Gallery, 2017
  • Exhibition Catalog, “Athens International Film + Video Festival – 2016,” Athensfilmfest.org, Athens Film Fest, 2016
  • Feature Article, “Featured Artist: Ryan Davis,” Penny, Mad, Jettison Magazine, 2016
  • Exhibition Review, “Nelsonville gallery reopens nearly a year after fire”, Powell, Dennis E. The Athens News, 2016.
  • Exhibition Catalog, “21st African American Arts Exhibition,” Actors Theatre Gallery, 2015
  • Featured Interview, “Creative Economy of Northwest Ohio,” WBGU Documentaries, 2011