GREG DAVIS

Greg Davis

Davis is a published and contributing photographer for National Geographic/Disney and was represented by the National Geographic Image Collection for over a decade. Over two hundred of his works can still be found in the archives at National Geographic. Davis’ work was recently published in National Geographic photo books, “America the Beautiful“, “Destinations of a Lifetime” and “Women: The National Geographic Image Collection”, which also has a worldwide traveling exhibition, “Women:  A Century of Change“, that features some of Davis’ work. In 2017 he was honored as the Ambassador of the Year for Austin based non-profit, Well Aware, the first time they had ever awarded this recognition.  Well Aware funds and implements sustainable clean water systems that drive development and empower communities in East Africa. Davis worked his way from local festivals to international exhibitions and his works now hangs in private and institutional collections worldwide.  The Wittliff Collection, The Raymond James Collection and The Grace Museum are just a few of the spaces that house Davis’ collectible works.

Greg’s first major solo exhibit for the Museum of the Southwest followed the stories of individual pilgrims to India’s 2013 Kumbh Mela, the largest religious pilgrimage in history, about which he also completed his first short documentary film, Cloth Paper Dreams.

Davis is currently offering his latest traveling exhibit, Oaxacan Gold, to art centers and museums around the nation. The purpose of this exhibition is to bring awareness to the stunning beauty, cultural depth and mystical nature of the great Mexican State of Oaxaca through an educational multi-media cultural experience of photography, folk art, textiles, dance and music.

Fate exerts a powerful pull on our lives. As Greg Davis knows, it can drag you through the mud before it shows you the light at the end of the tunnel. For Davis, fate is his quest for meaning, his desire to connect his experiences with those of people worlds apart, to exhibit that we are all part of something greater than ourselves.

After quitting his job in 2004 and selling most of his possessions, Greg went on a yearlong global soul-searching expedition. Nine months in, fate once again intervened to put him face-to-face with a Black Hmong blanket weaver in the highlands of Northern Vietnam. It was then that Greg captured an image that, unbeknownst to him, would weave their fates together and fill him with a new sense of purpose. Ultimately, Greg hopes to return to mountains of Northern Vietnam to find the woman who changed his life and impacted so many others with a simple yet powerful image. Her still untold story is a continuation of Greg’s own. One day, he hopes to share it with all of you.

Davis’ work has been featured in several traveling group exhibitions by National Geographic, “Sacred Journeys” and most recently, “Women: A Century of Change” at the National Geographic Museum Washington, DC, Santa Maria della Vita in Bologna, Italy, Usina del Arte in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Palacio de Gaviria in Madrid, the Royal Artistic Circle Art Museum, Barcelona, Spain, Gladstone Regional Art Museum, Gladstone QLD Australia, Colegio de Arquitectos de Madrid, Spain, City One Centre Zagreb, Croatia and La Térmica in Malaga, Spain.  He has also had solo exhibitions at the Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX; the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX; the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX;  FotoFest, Houston, Texas; the Center for Contemporary Arts, Abilene, TX; the Audi Forum, New York, NY; the Art Center Waco, Waco, TX; the Center for the Arts, Crested Butte, CO; Galería Buena Vida, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; the Georgetown Arts Center, Georgetown, TX; the Texas Tech International  Cultural Center, Lubbock, TX; the Texas Performing Arts Center, Austin, TX; the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX; SXSW, Austin, TX; the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, Austin, TX; the Children’s Museum of Minneapolis; the City Hall People’s Gallery, Austin, TX; the Mayborn Museum, Waco, TX. He has been invited to exhibit and present artist talks at Imaging USA, Photoplus, Creative Mornings, Pecha Kucha, the University of Texas, OLLI, Indeed.com and more.

Davis’ works are in numerous permanent collections, including multiple works in the Wittliff Collection, San Marcos, TX; the Grace Museum, Abilene, TX; the RGK Center for Philanthropy, Austin, TX; the James Museum, Saint Petersburg, FL; the Dell Children’s Collection, Austin, TX; the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, among others.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2024 “Oaxacan Gold” – July – Sept – Abilene Contemporary Arts Center – Abilene, TX

2022 “Momentos en Mexico” – Fotofest/Musuem of the Southeast, Beaumont, TX

2022 “Oaxacan Gold” – Georgetown Art Center, Georgetown, TX

2022 “Oaxacan Gold” – Waco Art Center, Waco, TX

2019 Exhibition in Partnership with Exit Realty, Nashville, TN

2018 “India’s Kumbh Mela” – Fotofest at G Spot Gallery, Houston, TX

2018 Exhibition in Partnership with SXSW, Austin, TX

2018 Exhibition in Partnership with Nordstrom, Austin, TX

2017 “India’s Kumbh Mela” – Dougherty Arts Center, Austin, TX

2017 “India’s Kumbh Mela” – Texas Tech Intl Cultural Center, Lubbock, TX

2016 “India’s Kumbh Mela” – Waco Art Center, Waco, TX

2016 “Dias Años” – Buena Vida Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

2015 “India’s Kumbh Mela” – Georgetown Art Center, Georgetown, TX

2015 Well Aware’s “Clean Water for Life” – Vuka, Austin, TX

2015 “India’s Kumbh Mela” – Texas Performing Arts Center, Austin, TX

2014 “India’s Kumbh Mela” – Center for the Arts, Crested Butte, CO

2014 “India’s Kumbh Mela” – Center for Contemporary Arts, Abilene, TX

2014 “India’s Kumbh Mela” – Blanton Museum, Austin, TX

2013 “India’s Kumbh Mela” – Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX

2013 “Cuba” – TTU Int’l Cultural Center, Lubbock, TX

2011 “HeART of the Eye” – Visions on the Paseo, OKC, OK

2011 “First Five Years” – West End Gallery, Austin, TX

2008 “360/365” – TCA Gallery, Intl Fotofest – Houston, TX

2007 “Reflections of the Subcontinent” – TTU Int’l Cultural Center, Lubbock, TX

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2024 “Through the Lens” – West Chelsea Contemporary Gallery – Austin, TX

2023/2024 Art Center Waco – 50th Year Anniversary Exhibit – Waco, TX

2023 Nat Geo “Women: A Century of Change” – La Térmica, Malaga, Spain

2023 “People of the World” – Texas Tech Intl Cultural Center, Lubbock, TX

2023 Nat Geo “Women: A Century of Change” – City One Centre Zagreb, Croatia

2023 “High and Dry” – Texas Tech Intl Cultural Center, Lubbock, TX

2022 Nat Geo “Women: A Century of Change” – Colegio de Arquitectos de Madrid, Spain

2022 People’s Gallery – Austin’s City Hall, Austin, TX

2022 “Structures” – Texas Tech Intl Cultural Center, Lubbock, TX

2021 Nat Geo “Women: A Century of Change” – Gladstone Art Museum, Gladstone QLD Australia

2021 “Portraits” – PhotoPlace Gallery – Juror Elizabeth Avedon

2021 “Water” – Round Rock Arts/Downtowner Gallery, Round Rock, TX

2020 “Faces” – Digital Pro Magazine Online Exhibition

2020 Nat Geo “Women: A Century of Change” – Royal Artistic Circle Art Museum, Barcelona, Spain

2020 Nat Geo “Women: A Century of Change” – Palacio de Gaviria, Madrid, Spain

2020 Nat Geo “Women: A Century of Change” – Usina del Arte in Buenos Aires, Argentina

2020 Nat Geo “Women: A Century of Change” – Santa Maria della Vita in Bologna, Italy

2020 “The Human Portrait” Exhibition – Dallas Center for Photography, Dallas, TX

2020 “The BIG Virtual Show” – Round Rock Arts, Texas State University, Round Rock, TX

2019 Nat Geo “Women: A Century of Change” – National Geographic Museum Washington, DC

2019 “Texas Toast” – Co Lab Projects, Austin, TX

2018 “Transportation” – McCrory Timmerman Gallery, Taylor, TX

2018 “ATX Squared” – Austin, TX

2016 People’s Gallery – Austin’s City Hall, Austin, TX

2016 Mayborn Museum – National Geographic “Sacred Journeys”

2015 Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – National Geographic’s “Sacred Journeys”

2015 “Expressions of Peace” – Museum of Fine Art, San Angelo, TX

2015 People’s Gallery – Austin’s City Hall, Austin, TX

2013 Arts and Healing Gallery -Westlake, TX

2013 Wynwood Art Walk – Gab Studio, Miami, FL

2011 “Exposure” – Open Shutter Gallery, Durango, CO

2011 Exposure Gallery – Santa Fe, NM

2010 People’s Gallery – Austin’s City Hall, Austin, TX

2006 The National Competition TPS15, Texas Photographic Society

AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

2021 Honorable Mention – International Photo Awards

2021 Best in Photography – Artigras Art Fair, Jupiter, FL

2020 Honorable Mention – “The Human Portrait” Exhibition – Dallas Center for Photography

2020 Third Place – Digital Pro Magazine Online Exhibition “Faces”

2020 Best of Show – The BIG Show, Texas State University Gallery, Round Rock, TX

2020 Best 2D Art – Fort Myers Art Fair, Fort Myers, FL

2020 Best in Photography – Artigras Art Fair, Jupiter, FL

2020 Best in Show – Stuart Art Festival – Stuart, FL

2019 Best in Show – Durango Art Festival, Durango, CO

2019 Best in Photography – Summerfest, Virginia Highlands, GA

2018 Best of Show Photography – Waterway Arts Fest, The Woodlands, TX

2018 Best in Photography – Three Rivers Art Festival, Covington, LA

2017 Outstanding Graduate Award – Livingston High School 1987

2017 Best Short Documentary – Frame 4 Frame Film Fest, Arlington, TX

2017 Ambassador of the Year – Well Aware, Austin, TX

2017 Best of Show Photography – Waterway Arts Fest, The Woodlands, TX

2017 Best in Photography – Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Coconut Grove, FL

2016 People’s Choice and Jury Award – Main St. Arts Fest, Ft Worth, TX

2016 Shoestring Award – Rochester Intl Film Festival, Rochester, NY

2016 Best of Show Photography – Waterway Arts Fest, The Woodlands, TX

2015 Best in Photography – Sun Valley Art Fest, ID

2015 Best Short Documentary – Nacogdoches Film Festival, Nacogdoches, TX

2015 Best 2D Art – Boulder Art Festival

2015 Best in Photography – Coconut Grove Art Festival

2014 Best Short Documentary – Intl REEL Short Film Festival, Chicago, IL

2014 Best Cinematography – Intl REEL Short Film Festival, Chicago, IL

2013 Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation “Art of Philanthropy” Award, Winter Park, FL

2011 Best of Photography – Mayfest, Tulsa, OK

2009 Best Environmental Message – Art Expo, New York, NY

PRESS AND PUBLICATIONS

2022 Published – National Geographic Books “Women – The National Geographic Image Collection”

2022 Published – National Geographic – “Destinations of a Lifetime”

2021 Published – National Geographic Books – “America the Beautiful”

2017 Published – National Geographic Your Shot

2016 New York Times – Well Aware Article

2016 Atencion, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

2015 Natural Awakenings Magazine

2015 Published – National Geographic – Sacred Journeys Exhibition

2014 Organic Connections Magazine

2013 Tribeza Mag – India’s Kumbh Mela

2013 ATX Man Mag – The Sacred Pilgrimage to Kumbh Mela

2012 Baylor University’s Between the Lines

2011 Canson Advertorial in Professional Photographer Magazine

2011 Canson Advertorial in PDN Magazine

2009 National Geographic – International Photography Contest

2008 “Emerging Artists” Sept. Art Business News

2007 “Through a New Lens” – Houston Chronicle

RELATED EXPERIENCE

2024 Juror, Main Street Arts Festival, Fort Worth, TX

2023 Moderator, Lone Star Film Festival, Fort Worth, TX

2022 Moderator, Indie Meme Film Festival, Austin, TX

2021 Guest on Establishing Your Empire Podcast

2021 Guest on Passports, Please Podcast – with Photographer Rodney Bursiel

2021 Guest on the Austin Artist Show – KOOP Radio

2022 Juror, Indie Meme Film Festival, Austin, TX

2018 Cloth Paper Dreams Acquired by Gaia and NOW Streaming on Gaia.com/Amazon Prime

2017 Juror 17th Annual High and Dry Exhibit, TTU Intl Cultural Center, Lubbock, TX

2017 Juror Oklahoma City Arts Festival, OKC, OK

2017 Speaker at Creative Mornings, Austin, TX

2016 Well Aware Expedition Kenya

2015 Speaker at Pecha Kucha, Austin, TX

2015 Well Aware Expedition Kenya

2015 Exhibition in Partnership with Canson Infinity, Photoplus, New York, NY

2015 University of Texas RGK School of Social Work Permanent Collection

2015 National Geographic Creative “What We Liked” October

2014 Directed Award Winning Short Film Cloth Paper Dreams

2014 Raymond James Permanent Collection, St. Petersburg, FL

2014 Grace Museum Permanent Collection, Abilene, TX

2014 National Geographic Creative Instagram Takeover

2012 Dell Children’s Hospital Permanent Collection, Austin, TX

2010 Exhibition in Partnership with Canson Infinity, Imaging USA, San Antonio, TX

2010 Umlauf Garden Party Feature Artist, Austin, TX

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

2023 The Wittliff Collection, San Marcos, TX

2023 The University of Texas Center for Aging and Population Sciences

2015 The University of Texas RGK School of Social Work

2014 The Raymond James Collection, St. Petersburg, FL

2014 The Grace Museum, Abilene, TX

2012 The Dell Children’s Hospital Collection, Austin, TX

 

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