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CURRICULUM VITAE  –  TESSA DAVIDSON

 

Education

New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH

MFA in Visual Arts, 2018

 

University of Arkansas in Little Rock, Little Rock, AR

completed 15 hours of Masters of Arts in Studio Art, Painting 

 

University of Arkansas in Little Rock, Little Rock, AR

Masters of Arts in Art History, 2014

 

Harding University, Searcy, AR

Masters of Education, emphasis in Art, 2008

 

Harding University, Searcy, AR

Bachelor of Arts in Art Education, 2006

Minor in Bible and Religion

 

 

Experience

Adjunct Art Professor, 2011-currently

Harding University, Art Department,  Searcy, AR

Courses:  Ancient through Medieval Art History Survey

Renaissance though Post-Modernism Art History Survey

Multi-Media Drawing

2D Design

Art Appreciation

 

University Supervisor, 2013-2015

Harding University, Education Department, Searcy, AR

Supervise and evaluate P-12 teachers before licensure

 

Volunteer Docent, 2012-2014

Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR

 

Art Teacher, 2007-2012

Harding Academy, Searcy, AR

Courses:  7th-12th grade Studio Art, Advanced Art, A.P. Art History, Religious Studies

 

Graduate Assistant, 2006

Harding University Art Department, Searcy, AR

 

Private Art Instructor, 2005- currently

Freelance Artist, 2002- currently

 

 

Professional Affiliations

Arkansas Arts Center, Member

Arkansas Art Educators, Member

Christians in the Visual Arts, Member

 

 

Exhibitions

60th Annual Delta Exhibition, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR, May 25 -August 26, 2018.

The Beautiful, group exhibition by CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts), traveling exhibition, 2018-TBD.

Altar Ego, MFA Winter Thesis Exhibition, Roger Williams Gallery, Manchester, NH, 2018.

Arkansas Art Teacher Exhibition, William F. Laman Library, Little Rock, AR, 2015.

Faculty Show:  Group Exhibition, Harding University, Searcy, AR, 2012.

Partnership Dinner and Exhibition, Group Exhibition, Harding University, Searcy, AR, 2008.

Showing the Word to the World (solo show), Harding University, Searcy, AR, 2006.

 

 

Publications

“Thomas Waterman Wood’s Portrayal of Black Citizens During the Early Reconstruction Era.” Master’s thesis, University of Arkansas in Little Rock, 2014.

“In Search of Rockwell’s America.” Number Magazine 69 (Fall 2011): 20.

 

 

Presentations

Art and Altars:  Reflections on Contemporary Art and Contemporary Christianity.  Presented at the New Hampshire Institute of Art Graduate Thesis Talk, January, 2018.

The Challenges of Generation Z and Why Your Art Students Seemingly Can’t Pay Attention, Lack Creativity, and are Addicted to their Devices. Presented at the Arkansas Art Educator Conference, November, 2015.

Seek:  The Story Behind the Painting.  Presentation made at the Keynote Address of the Women’s Day Lectureship, Harding University, Searcy, Arkansas, 2015.

Hey! Art History Isn’t Boring! Creative techniques to help you teach engaging, interesting, and fun art history lessons.  Presentation made at the Arkansas Art Educators Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas, 2014.

Laocoön and his Secrets: Dating Attribution Concerns of the Vatican Sculpture Laocoön and his Sons.  Paper presented at the Arkansas Art History Symposium, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas, 2014.

Thomas Waterman Wood: A Bit of War History.  Paper presented at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, Arkansas, 2013.

An Analysis of Kirill Zdanevich’s Composition with Figures.  Paper presented at the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, 2011, and added to the image file of the Arkansas Arts Center.

The Robie House Interior and the Contributions of George Mann Niedecken.  Paper presented at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, Arkansas, 2012.

Gods, Graves, and Grapes:  The artistic symbolism of the vine and resurrection beliefs of the ancient Greeks.  Paper presented at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, 2010.

A Closer Look at the Arkansas Art Center’s Les Amoureux dans la rue by Fernand Léger.  Paper presented at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, 2008, and added to the image file of the Arkansas Arts Center.

 

 

Performance Paintings

Recent performances:

“Under Construction,” Performance painting for Harding Academy, Searcy, Arkansas, August, 2017.

“Luke,” Performance paintings for Harding University’s A Day in the Word, Searcy, Arkansas, April 2017.

“The Good Samaritan,” Performance painting for Central Valley Christian’s Spiritual Emphasis week, Visalia, California, February 2017.

“Others:  It’s Not About Us,” Performance painting for Central Valley Christian’s Spiritual Emphasis week, Visalia, California, February 2017.

“Go Light Our World,” Performance painting for Harding Academy, Searcy, Arkansas, August, 2016.

“What Will Become,” Performance painting for Lonoke Exceptional School’s Creative Arts for Exceptional Hearts Fundraiser, Cabot, Arkansas, September, 2015.

“Upside,” Performance painting for community, New Lexington, Ohio, August, 2015.

“Seek,” Performance painting for Harding Academy, Searcy, Arkansas, August, 2015.

“Here’s Two Forever,” Performance painting at Robbins-Stanford community event, Searcy, Arkansas, December 2014.

“Exceptional Hearts,” Performance painting for Lonoke Exceptional School’s Creative Arts for Exceptional Hearts Fundraiser, Cabot, Arkansas, September, 2014.

“Improving Your Serve,” Performance painting for Harding Academy, Searcy, Arkansas, August, 2014

Notable Former Performances:

“Be the Good,” Performance painting for Harding Academy, Searcy, Arkansas, 2013.

“Redemption,” Performance painting for Harding University Impact Keynote Address, Searcy, Arkansas, August, 2011.

“Mosaic Thinkers and the Holy Scriptures,” Performance painting at the Keynote Women’s Day Lectureship, Harding University, Searcy, Arkansas, 2010.

“Pardonné,” Performed throughout Europe in the summer of 2010 (performance locations include France (Strasbourg, Paris, Toulouse, Lyon) Belgium (Liège), Switzerland (Geneva, Lausanne).

 

 

Awards and Honors

1st Place, Wings, Oakton Foundation Visual Art Competition, Fall 2017.

Merit Scholarship, New Hampshire institute of Art, 2016-2018.

2nd Place, Alla Prima Painting presented at the Graduate Student Research Expo, Humanities, University of Arkansas in Little Rock, 2015.

1st Place, Thomas Waterman Wood presented at the Graduate Student Research Expo, Humanities, University of Arkansas in Little Rock, 2014.

Honored at the Harding Academy Yearbook Dedication, 2012.

All American, Track and Field, NCAA, Division II, 2005.

Athletic and Academic Scholarships, Harding University, 2003-2006.

 

Artist Residencies

 Visiting artist residency, Central Valley Christian, Visalia, California, February 2017.

 

Skills and Certifications

Competency in French

Arkansas State Art Certification P-12

Certified A.P. Art History Instructor (earned from instruction at Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, Georgia, 2010)

Completed Arkansas Arts Center docent training (five-month course)

Skilled in Blackboard, Moodle, and Canvas

Computer literacy in all Microsoft Office applications especially Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Publisher

Engaging Public Speaker

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