Karen Davies

  • B.F.A., fibers, Western Michigan University, 1978
  • M.F.A., sculpture, University of South Carolina, 1982

"The opportunity and privilege to engage with other creative individuals - fostering creative thinking that leads to innovation; empowering others to continually engage in a process of inquiry and exploration that leads to discovery and insight; collaborating with students, colleagues and external partners in preparing future generations of art and design leaders and professionals is truly inspiring and a rewarding profession."

Karen Davies | Foundation studies professor

Awards, recognition and honors

Presidential Fellowship for Faculty Development, Savannah College of Art and Design, 2008; Recipient of Access to Artistic Excellence Grant Award from the National Endowment for the Arts for the Island School Council for the Arts Patrick Dougherty Installation at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, South Carolina, 2006-07; U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program - International Education Administrators Seminar to Germany, peer review committee, 2005, 2006, 2007; U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program Award - International Education Administrators Seminar to Germany, 2004; Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 1996; Emerging Artist Grant, Charlotte Mecklenburg Arts and Science Council, 1986; Fellowship Recipient, South Carolina Arts Commission, 1983

Organizations

College Art Association, Southeastern College Art Association, Foundations in Art Theory and Education

Previous Positions

Director of Faculty Development, Director of Academic Research and Faculty Development, Special Program Director, Dean of Special Programs, Special Program Coordinator, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia; Director of Exhibitions, Kentuck Museum, Northport, Alabama; adjunct faculty, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Deckled Edges, Fine Handmade Papers, sole proprietor; adjunct faculty, Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, North Carolina

Publications and presentations

  • Sketchbook Development panel presentation, Embracing Sketchbook Reluctance, Southeastern College Art Conference, Mobile, Alabama, 2009
  • Poster Session: No Translation Required: Artists' Books in Germany and Georgia, Fulbright Association's 32nd Annual Conference, Mutual Understanding amid Global Economic Challenges, Washington, D.C., 2009
  • QEP Pilot Project Public Art Theory and Practice Design Charrette panelist: Public Art: Within the Socio-Political Landscape; Relational Aesthetics, Community Strategies and the Public and Public Space Design Innovative Approaches to Land Use, SCAD-Atlanta, 2009
  • No Translation Required: Artists' Books in Germany and Georgia, Savannah College of Art and Design Off-campus program, Germany, 2009
  • Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, bookmaking workshop and lecture, 1999
  • Yunan Art Institute, Cultural Exchange Presentation, Kunming, China, 1996
  • Rangsit University, Visiting lecturer, Bangkok, Thailand, 1996
  • Mimar Sinan University, Papermaking Workshop, Istanbul, Turkey, 1994
  • Marmara University, Papermaking Lecture, Istanbul, Turkey, 1994
  • Robert College, Bookmaking and Papermaking Workshops, Istanbul, Turkey, 1994
  • American School in London, Papermaking and Bookmaking Workshops, London, England, 1994
  • Southeastern College Art Conference, Image Makers; 3 D, Little Rock, Arkansas, 1989
  • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Southern Accents Fine Arts Festival, Guest Lecturer, 1987