t is my goal to have art in every building at UT Dallas,”
says Joan Davidow. She is doing her part to make
that a reality. The first installment of 75 works of the
Art and education are encoded in Davidow’s DNA. With
an MFA in painting, Davidow’s career began as a teacher
in Florida. One of her first jobs after moving to Dallas was
hosting and reviewing art for a weekly program on KERA.
Her museum career launched at around the same time, when
she began a two-year McDermott Curatorial Internship
at the Dallas Museum of Art. As this position ended, the
Arlington Museum was looking for a new director. In 1991,
Davidow assumed that position and over the next 10 years
transformed it into a vital force for cutting-edge art in North
Texas, earning it national attention in ArtNews. While at
Arlington, Davidow heard nationally renowned art educator
Philip Yenawine speak about his program, Visual Thinking
Strategies (VTS). Inspired by his work, Davidow created the
nationally recognized program, Art Around the Corner, for
local school children.
Here and bottom right: Dean Ruck, The X, 1991, rubber balls, re-installed
from large artwork, 60 x 60 in. variable
Top: Chris Powell, After an Interval II, 1986, stoneware sculpture, hand-
built ( 2 parts), 16 round x 82 in. tall. Bottom: Hiram Williams, Joni’s Chorus
Line, 1980, acrylic, mixed media, shaped canvas, 72 x 180 in.