World-renowned artist Bing Davis is the embodiment of Dayton originality. Bing was born in South Carolina but moved to Dayton as a child. He graduated from Wilbur Wright High School, and began his art career after college. Since then, he has produced an extensive collection of versatile and breath-taking art.
In addition to creating art, Bing has taught art education at Miami University and Central State, served as a visiting scholar at the University of Dayton, and worked as an artist-in-residence at Wright State University. After teaching at Central State University for 20 years, Bing sought to purchase an art studio where he could teach and mentor Dayton youth in the arts. He chose an unused facility on West Third Street, and opened up the Bing Davis Art Studio and EbonNia Gallery. Although he could have opened his studio anywhere, Bing said, “I wanted to play a role in the revitalization of West Dayton.”
Bing’s Art Studio provides a tangible professional operation in the visual and decorative arts for people of all ages: “It’s an oasis for young up-and-coming artists and gives them a sense of assurance that they can work and make it in the arts on a professional level,” Bing said.
Although Bing Davis has lived and worked in cities such as New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Chicago, he decided to set up shop in Dayton: “Dayton is a inspiring and invigorating place to be as in artist, and has given me the chance to surround myself with other talented and creative artists.”
Bing’s lifetime commitment to the arts and education has earned him a Governor’s Award of the Ohio Art’s Council, and he will receive the Irma Lazarus Award, which recognizes artists who put Ohio arts on display internationally.