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Bill Davis
No Dark in Sight: Light and the Night It Transforms

April 4 – April 28, 2019

Netzorg and Kerr Permanent Collection Gallery

Featuring a new body of work by Bill Davis, Associate Professor and Area Co-Coordinator of Photography and Intermedia, the exhibition No Dark in Sight examines light pollution in such locations as Kalamazoo, Las Vegas, and Machu Picchu in Peru.  

After receiving a B.F.A from Ohio University in 1993, BILL DAVIS moved to Chicago to work at Pettersen Imagecraft. In 1994 he accepted the invitation to shoot and print in Prague with Pavel Banka. In 1995 Bill exhibited in The Ljubljana Photo Festival and received a stipend to lecture in Bretton Hall at the University of Leeds. From Prague he helped launch Ohio University's Study Abroad Program, and traveled to assist on location in Venice. From 1995-1996 he was appointed to teach and translate American Photo History into Czech for the Umelckoprumyslove Academy. While living in Prague, he participated in many one person and group exhibitions.

In 1996, he returned to the U.S. for a full-time teaching appointment at Antonelli College in Cincinnati. In 1998 he received a stipend from the Australian Arts Funding Body for a 2-year regional solo tour at the Orange, Salamanca, and Tweed River Art Centers, as well as the New England Regional Art Museum in New South Wales. In 1999 he traveled from Cincinnati to exhibit as a sister city cultural delegate with the mayor’s commission to Kharkiv, Ukraine. In the following year, he exhibited at the Huntington Museum of Art and traveled to exhibit additional work in a solo exhibit at the University of Leeds, England. In 2004, he received a stipend from the Tyler School of Art to curate a tour of regional work from the Art and Industry Institute of Kharkiv with the director of the Ukrainian Museum of Photography. In 2004, Bill received his MFA from Tyler and began his second full time teaching appointment at Western Michigan University.

His work is located in the permanent collections of The University of Louisville Photographic Archives, Cone Editions Press- Vermont, The Ukrainian Museum of Photography, and The Czech Guild of Art & Ceramic Design.

This project is supported by funds from the Western Michigan University Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award, The International Educational Faculty Development Fund, and the Faculty Sustainability Research and Creative Activities Pilot Project Grant funded by the Milton Ratner Foundation.

The project is also supported by the Millennium Alliance for Humanities in the Biosphere (Stanford University), The Las Vegas and Kalamazoo Astronomical Societies, Hernan Hermoza Gamarra - Guia Official - El Instituto de Educación Superior “Antonio Lorena”- Cusco - Ministerio de Educación (Peru), Centro Selva (Peru), Pavlovka, Come In, and International House Galleries (Ukraine), Ra del Ray (Madrid, Spain), The VASA Project, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Polly Magazine and WMU Office for Sustainability.


Opening reception & preview for lenders, exhibition partners, Richmond Center members and Frostic School of Art students:  Thursday, April 4, 2019, 5:00 – 7:00pm MyWMU.com/FriendsofRCVA