EDUCATION

Master of Fine Arts in Painting + Drawing, Ohio University, Athens, OH, 2016
(studied with John Sabraw, Robert Peppers, & Julie Dummermuth)

Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2-Dimensional Studies, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, 2012
(studied with Mille Guldbeck, Charles Kanwischer, & Matt Davis)

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • Wassaic Project Education Fellowship Stipend, Wassaic Project, 2022
  • Graduate Creative & Scholarly Activity Travel Support, Ohio University, 2015
  • Full Graduate Tuition Waiver Scholarship, Ohio University, 2013-15
  • Ishmon and Terri Burks Award, African American Arts Exhibitions, 2015
  • Graduate Creative & Scholarly Activity Travel Support, Ohio University, 2014
  • School of Art Creative/Scholarly Activity Award, Ohio University, 2013
  • Graduate Assistantship Stipend, Ohio University, 2013
  • Palmer Scholarship Travel Grant, The Toledo Museum of Art, 2012
  • 1st place in Painting, Undergraduate Art & Design Exhibition, BGSU, 2011
  • Honorary Mention, Art Scene Today Online Competition, artscenetoday.com, 2011
  • 2nd place in Graphic Design, Undergrad Art & Design Exhibition, BGSU, 2010
  • Incoming Freshman Talent Scholarship, BGSU, 2008

EXHIBITIONS

  • #SpeakingThroughMasks, ABC No Rio, New York, NY, 2020
  • Lotus Live Art Exhibition, J Lotus Gallery, 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, Athens, OH 2016
  • Paint Is Thicker Than Water, Rio Grande, OH 2016
  • I Can’t Breath Exhibition, 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 Festival, Mediterráneo Centro Artistico, Almeria Spain, 2014
  • Hidden Rooms International Video Art Exhibition, Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi, Venice, Italy, 2014
  • 2014 YAAW Alumni Exhibition, Toledo, OH, 2014
  • Never Enough Space Exhibition, Cube 4, Ohio University, 2014
  • Sur Saint Clair ArtWalk Exhibition, Sur Saint Clair, Toledo, OH, 2012
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Show Exhibition, Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery, BGSU, 2012
  • Joy To The World, Art Scene Today Online Exhibition, artscenetoday.com, 2011
  • BGSU Undergraduate Art & Design Show, Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery, BGSU, 2011
  • BGSU Undergraduate Art & Design Show, Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery, BGSU, 2010
  • Scholastic Art & Writing Exhibition, Art Machine, Cincinnati, OH, 2008

RESIDENCY

  • Residency, Wassaic Project, Wassaic, New York, 2022

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

  • Blick Art Materials, New York, NY, 2018
  • BETWIXT Coffee, Brooklyn, NY, 2016
  • Dagara Music Center, Ghana, West Africa, 2012
  • Mural, Toledo, OH, 2011
  • Mural, Toledo, OH, 2011

PUBLICATIONS

  • 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
  • Davis, Ryan. Graphic Design: Food For Thought, Blurb, 2010

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • Penny, Mad. Featured Artist: Ryan Davis. Jettison Magazine 2016
  • Powell, Dennis E. Nelsonville gallery reopens nearly a year after fire, The Athens News, 2016
  • Catalog: Actors Theatre Gallery, 2015
  • WBGU-TV. Creative Economy of Northwest Ohio, WBGU Documentaries, 2011 

LECTURES

  • Rendering Resilience Artist Panel, Local Project Art Space, Long Island City, New York, 2021
  • Roundtable: Alternative Careers in the Visual Arts, College Art Association (CAA), New York, NY, 2019
  • Black On Both Sides, International Print Center of New York (IPCNY), 2017
  • Portfolio Presentation, Seeing and Knowing Visual Arts, Ohio University, 2015

TEACHING EXPERIENCE (Instructor-of-Record) 

Intersectional Approaches, Painting + Drawing Area, Ohio University, Spring 2016

Art and Hip Hop, Arts and Humanities, Ohio University, Summer, 2016, ’15

Figure Drawing, Painting + Drawing Area, Ohio University, Fall 2015

Introduction to Painting, Painting + Drawing Area, Ohio University, Spring 2015

 

RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE

Teaching Artist, Groundswell, Brooklyn, NY, 2021-Present

Lead and lesson plan for youth artists in the process of creating a mural.

Resident Teaching Artist, Creative Art Works, Manhattan, NY, 2018-Present

Lead and lesson plan for youth artists in the process of creating a mural. Additionally design a mural taking inspiration from youth artist works and client interests.

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

Artist-led, hands-on workshops incorporating a range of techniques and natural material introducing families to traditional and contemporary art-making around the world.

Mural Coordinator, The Door, Winter 2018

As mural coordinator I collected information from students about their Bronx community through dialogue and sketching to develop a mural for them to paint. The Door helps disconnected youth in New York City providing a multitude of service.

Gallery Assistant, OXHEART, Lower East Side, NY, Summer, 2015

Assist in coordinating exhibitions and related events with the intent of building relationship with various non-profit organizations, art-makers and art-lovers alike.

Program Coordinator Internship, The Arts Commission, Toledo, OH, Summer, 2011

Assist in coordinating public art events in the city of Toledo. As well to foster environments that creates dialogue amongst artists and non-artists alike.