VICTOR DAVSON
was born, 1948, in Georgetown, Guyana and lives and works in West Orange, New Jersey.
He is an artist and founding director of Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, Newark NJ.


FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

2011
NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowship Award
1997
J. Paul Getty Trust Scholarship
1995
The Wheeler Foundation
1994
Pollock/Krasner Foundation
1993
Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper Fellowship
1989
Prudential Leadership in Culture and the Arts
1988
Nouveau Noir (in conjunction with Jonction Internacional exhibit, Nice, France)
1986
New Jersey State Council on the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship
1983
New Jersey State Council on the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship
1973
Artist in Residence, The Studio Museum in Harlem
1971
The Burnham Art Medal—National Painting of the Year Award, Georgetown, Guyana


EXHIBITION HISTORY

2015
Victor Davson: Full Circle (Solo), Berrie Center Kresge and Pascal Galleries, Ramapo College of New Jersey
Victor Davson: Dub Factor Redux (Solo), 1978 Maplewood Arts Center, Maplewood, NJ
2014
African American Artists & Abstraction, National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba
Aljira at 30, Dream and Reality, The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ
Subject Matter, The Gallery at Nell Painter's Studio, Newark NJ
2013
Timehri Transitions: Expanding Concepts in Guyana Art, The Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba House, New York, NY
2012
New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship Exhibition, Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ
2011
Contemporary Expressions, Art from the Guyana Diaspora, Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
This Twittering World, Francis Kyle Gallery, London, England
2010
Drawn to New York, a drawing invitational, The Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery, State University of New York, Geneseo. Cynthia Hawkins, Curator
2008
Hero and Monster (Solo), The Tomasulo Gallery, Cranford, NJ
2007
Rice & Beans/ Black Eye Peas & Collard Greens (and other stuff), Canco Lofts, Jersey City, NJ
2006
Newark Between Us, Newark Arts Council, Newark, NJ
Bad Cow Comin' and Limbo/Anansi (Solo) DHR Gallery One, Newark, NJ
Open Doors 2006, Newark Arts Council, Newark NJ
100 New Jersey Artists Make Prints: Fifteen Years of the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, traveling to Michaelis School of Art, Long Gallery of Art, Cape Town, South Africa; National Gallery of Art, Maputo, Mozambique; Acadamie Libanaise Des Beaux Arts (ALBA), Balamand University, Beirut, Lebanon
2004
Bad Cow Comin’: Recollections and Transformation (Solo), Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY
On their Own Paper: The legacy and Influence of Artists/Educators from New
Jersey’s Multiple Ethnic and Racial Communities
, Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Prism/Tradition and Cultural Diversity, The Arts Guild of Rahway, N.J.
100 New Jersey Artists Make Prints: Fifteen Years of the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, traveling to Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ; Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick NJ; Krasdale Corporation Galleries, White Plains, NY; Bradbury Galleries, Arkansas State University, Jonesville AK; Lamar Dodd School of Art Galleries, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia; and Hunterdon Art Museum, Hunterdon NJ
2003
Bad Cow Comin’: Recollections (Solo), Tompkins College Center Gallery at Cedar
Crest College, Allentown, PA.
2002
100 New Jersey Artists Make Prints: Fifteen Years of the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ, traveling to Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ
The 5th Annual Postcards from the Edge Benefit, Visual AIDS, New York, NY
The Act of Drawing: Medium/Method/Meaning, Tompkins College Center Gallery at
Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA. Cynthia Hawkins, Curator
2001
The 4th Annual Postcards from the Edge Benefit, Visual AIDS, New York, NY
2000
The Act of Drawing: Medium/Method/Meaning, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY. Cynthia
Hawkins, Curator
1999
Present Continuous, Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York, NY. Carl E. Hazlewood, Curator
New Jersey Arts Annual, New Jersey State Museum Trenton, NJ (by Invitation). Alison
Weld, Curator
1998
La Línea: Dibujos Contemporáneos, Museo de Art Moderno de la Republica
Dominicana, Santo Domingo. Alejandro Anreus, Curator
1997
Group Exhibition, Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY. Eugenio Espinosa, Curator
1996
An Intimate Repast, a collaborative installation with artist Cicely Cottingham, Hunterdon Art Center, Clinton, NJ
Portraits, Castellani House, Georgetown, Guyana
Artists from the Permanent Collection, The Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
African American Artists from the Permanent Collection, The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ
1994
The Chain Link Series (Solo), Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ. Alejandro Anreus, Curator
Rutgers Center for Innovative Printmaking Fellowship Exhibition, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
1993
Diverse Representations II, Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ. Ann Williams, Curator
1992
The Expanding Circle, Bristol-Myers Squibb Gallery, Princeton, NJ. Mel Edwards, Curator
Urban Diversion, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ. Stephen Sennot, Curator
African-American Artists from the Collection of the Newark Museum, The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
Drawing From Beginning To End, William Paterson College, Ben Shahn Galleries, Wayne, NJ. James Andrew Brown, Curator
1991
African-American Artists from the Permanent Collection, The Newark Museum,  Newark, NJ
1989
Ruminations, Artworks, Trenton, NJ
1988
Abstract Attitudes: Contemporary Guyanese Artists in America, 843 Studio Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Jonction Internacional, Nice, France
New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship Exhibition, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ
Traces of History: Art of Afro-America, (Mel Edwards, Bill Traylor, Victor Davson, Norman
Lewis), Robeson Center Gallery, Newark, NJ. Alison Weld, Curator
1987
Soweto Elegy & Other Works by Victor Davson (Solo), Vodra Art Gallery, Jersey City State College, Jersey City, NJ
Revelations, Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY. Carl E. Hazlewood, Curator
1986
New Approaches to Drawing, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ. Gary Reynolds, Curator
1985
Twentieth-Century Afro-American Artists: Selections from the Collection of the Newark
Museum, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship Exhibition, Hunterdon Art Center, Clinton,
NJ
1984
6th International Drawing Biennale, Middlesbrough Art Gallery, Cleveland, England
Victor Davson: Works (Solo), Edward William Gallery, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hackensack, NJ
1983
National Drawing ’83, Trenton State College. Bill Cheat, Curator


ART IN PERMANENT COLLECTIONS
Guyana National Collection, Georgetown, Guyana
Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ
Morris Museum, Morristown, N.J. Gift of Edmund W. Pease, 1999
New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Trenton, NJ
Newark Public Library, Newark, NJ
Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ
Prudential Insurance Co., Newark, NJ
Rutgers University Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ
St. Paul Reinsurance Company, New York, NY
The Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, N.J. Gift of Elsbeth Dusenberry, 1996
The Newark Museum, Newark, N.J. Purchase, Felix Fuld Bequest Fund, 1984
The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ

 
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

The New York Times, Utopian Vision Born of a Harsh Truth, Hilarie M. Sheets (April 11, 2014)
The Wall Street Journal, Magic and Mystery from the Art of Guyana, Neanda Salvaterra (February 7, 2013)
Huff Post Arts & Culture, New York City Exhibit Features Artists of Guyanese Heritage, Marcia G. Yerman (February 11, 2013)
NJ.COM, As Diverse as the City Itself, Dan Bischoff (Thursday, October 4, 2007)
The Newark Star Ledger, Studio Tour United Locals and Stars, Dan Bischoff (Friday, October 20, 2006)
The Newark Star Ledger, The Ticket, Dan Bischoff (Friday, March 7, 1997)
Sunday Stabroek, Guyana, Selection of Portraits at the Castellani (January 28, 1996)
The Newark Star Ledger, Eileen Watkins (Sunday, March 24, 1996)
The New York Times, Vivien Raynor (NJ, Sunday, March 17, 1996)
The Record (Bergen), Leslie Seifert (November 4, 1994)
The New York Times, Vivien Raynor (NJ, September 18, 1994)
The New York Times, Vivien Raynor (NJ, June 27, 1993)
The Newark Star Ledger, Eileen Watkins (November 1, 1992)
The New York Times (NJ, February 14, 1988)
The Newark Star Ledger, Eileen Watkins (February 7, 1992)
The Newark Star Ledger, Eileen Watkins (February 2, 1992)
The New York Times (NJ, February 14, 1988)
New Jersey Network, Interview (April, 1988)
The New York Times, David L. Shirley (August 11, 1985)
The New York Times, Vivien Raynor (NJ, August 2, 1985)


SELECTED CATALOGS

This twittering world: Contemporary painters celebrate T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets, Francis Kyle Gallery, London, England
Victor Davson, Drawings from Bad Cow Comin’ and Limbo Anansi, DHR Gallery One, Newark, NJ (2006)
Transcultural New Jersey: Diverse Artists Shaping Culture and Communities Vol. II, Rutgers, The State University of NJ, New Brunswick, NJ (2005)
Transcultural New Jersey: Diverse Artists Shaping Culture and Communities Vol. II, Rutgers, The State University of NJ, New Brunswick, NJ (2004)
Sprectrum Traditions & Multiculturalism, The Arts Guild of Rahway, Rahway, NJ (2004)
100 New Jersey Artists Make Prints: Fifteen Years of the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, (2002)
The Act of Drawing: Medium/Method/Meaning, Cedar Crest College, Tompkins College Center Gallery (2002)
New Jersey Arts Annual: Fine Arts, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ (1999)
Art by African Americans in the Collection of The New Jersey State Museum, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ (1998)
The Chain Link Series, Victor Davson, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ (1994)
Diverse Representations II, The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ (1993)
The Expanding Circle, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, NJ (1992)
Ruminations, Artworks, Trenton, NJ (1989)
Jonction Internacional, Nice, France (1988)
Victor Davson, Drawings/Paintings, Newark, NJ (1987)
Revelations, Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY (1987)
6th Internacional Drawing Biennale, Cleveland, England (1983)


EDUCATION AND SEMINARS

1997
The Getty Leadership Institute for Museum Management
1996
Writing for Dollars sponsored by Partnership In Philanthropy
The Role of the Board and Board /Staff Relations sponsored by Partnership In
Philanthropy
Direct Response: Raising More Money Now! sponsored by The Non-profit Times and The Non-profit Sector Resource Institute of New Jersey
Raising Money from Individuals: The Process from Start to Finish sponsored by National Society of Fund Raising Executives New Jersey Chapter. (NSFRE of NJ)
Developing Successful Donor Cultivation and Recognition Programs sponsored by NSFRE
of NJ
Communicating with Numbers sponsored by Partnership In Philanthropy
1994
Leadership 2000: Arts and Economic Development Training for Outstanding Community Arts Leaders—a ten day seminar at the Center for Executive Training, Babson College,
Boston, MA
1991–1993
Graduate Studies in Art Administration, New York University, Gallatin Graduate Program
1990
Fundamentals of Fund Raising sponsored by NSFRE of NJ and Seton Hall University
1980
BFA, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
1976–1977
Essex County College, Newark, NJ
1973
The Art Students League, New York, NY
PUBLICATIONS AND ARTICLES

“Brothers: Amiri Baraka, Ben Jones”,
catalog essay for Brothers: Amiri Baraka, Ben Jones, Lemmerman Gallery,
New Jersey City University, Jersey City, 2002
“Representing Africa”, catalog essay for Black Beauty, Identity and Spirituality: The Art of Don Miller, Wash Library Gallery at Seton Hall University, 1998
“Carnival: A Community Drama”, Thirteenth Annual Report, New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute, 1995.
“Visual Artist Willie Cole”, Newark Arts (April 1989).
“Uhuru: African and American Art Against Apartheid”, catalog essay with Victoria Scott, City Without Walls Gallery, (Winter 1988).
“Aljira: Worthy of Acclaim”, Arts New Jersey (Summer 1987).
“Davson on Bearden”, Papers, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY (Spring 1980).
“They Came From Asia”, Ministry of Education, Guyana (1973).
“The New Fence”, Ministry of Education, Guyana (1973).
“A Curious Display: Davson Looks At The Agards’ Exhibition”, Daily Chronicle, Guyana, (May 19, 1973).
“A Movement Towards The Abstract”, Sunday Chronicle, Guyana (July 15, 1973).
“How The Waraus Came”, Children’s Books, Ministry of Education, Guyana (1972).

 

 

 
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