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Davis, Jeremiah

Associate Professor - Sculpture



My practice in art has been wide and varied. Currently, my work involves research into our understanding of sound and language – exploring its meaning, implications, and applications in sculpture. While I recently had a studio in Chicago, a city where I also taught at the School of the Art Institute, my search for understanding and expression in this area of art has made a winding path across the country. Truly the culmination of a life’s worth of interests, this story began in West Texas during my childhood. It would be there where the simultaneous interests in both music and art would lead me on two distinct paths: that of the ephemeral and that of the malleable. While sculpture, as the malleable, was an early love it would be some years before I studied it seriously. Music, as the ephemeral was the first and formative art form in my life. Joining an orchestra at the age of 11 as a violist, I grew to love the inexplicable, yet instantaneous, effect music had on me and those around me. This is what I seek to bring to the medium of sculpture: sympathetic resonance in form and concept.

Recent scholarships

2021 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition - 2022 - SEMI-FINALIST, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C

2021 8th Annual Abstract Sanctuary, International Juried Exhibition, Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, OR

2020 WIDE OPEN 11, Nat’l Juried Exhibit, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NY

2020 No Longer and Not Yet, International Juried Exhibition, Goethe Pop Up - Das Schaufenster Gallery, Seattle, WA

2020 Film & New Media, National Juried Exhibition, SITE: BROOKLYN, Brooklyn, NY

2019 WIDE OPEN 10, Nat’l Juried Exhibit, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NY

2019 58th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition, State Juried Exhibit, Midland, MI

2019 A New Media Exhibition, Nat’l Juried Exhibit, Indiana University Kokomo

2019 Do You Remember? Nat’l Juried Exhibition, Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA

2019 Positive/Negative 34, Nat’l Juried Exhibit, Slocumb Galleries, ETSU

2018 A Sense of Place, Nat’l Juried Exhibit, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Atlanta, GA

2018 GlassAccess: Sound+Vision, Int’l Exhibit, National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia

2018 GlassAccess: SOUND+VISION, exhibition catalog, National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA; June 2018; pgs 21-22

2016 "Speech from Another: The Mechanized Pursuit of the Human Voice - Parts 1 & 2",  November Art Journal, Chicago, IL

2015, MFA Show, Sullivan Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2013, Funny/HaHa, Base Space, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2012, After the Machines, Six Summit Gallery, Ivoryton, CT

2009, Runner-up, Art vs. Design, New Museum, SoHo, New York, NY​

2009, Margaret Hexter Prize: National Sculpture Society 76th Annual Exhib., NY, NY

2005, Walter & Michael Lantz Prize, 1st Place: National Figure Sculpture Competition, National Sculpture Society, New York, NY​​

More about Jeremiah Davis

MFA: 2015, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
BFA: 2005, Lyme Academy College of Fine Art
  • Soun​d Sculpture: New translations of frequency into meaningful forms
  • Figure Sculpture: Traditional and Contemporary
  • Sculpture in the Expanded Field​

Courses Taught

  • Introduction ​to Sculpture
  • Intro to Digital Fabrication
  • Sculpture Studio
  • Advanced Sculpture Studio
  • Mold-Making & Casting
  • Portrait & Figure Sculpture
  • Character Sculpture & Development
  • Introduction ​to Drawing 
  • Digital Sculpture (ZBrush)