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Black History Month: Bing Davis

THIS IS A COLLECTION OF ART FROM OUR FUTURE-THIS KINDERGARTNER AT RUSKIN ELEMENTARY WON  A M-L-K ART AWARD LAST MONTH.

"I did it for the whole world."

ONE DAY HE WOULD LIKE TO BE AN ARTIST LIKE WILLIS 'BING' DAVIS.
BING SPENDS HOURS TUCKED AWAY IN HIS STUDIO ON West 3RD STREET IN DAYTON.

I can't ever remember ever not doing art.

HE WAS A STANDOUT ATHLETE BUT AS A YOUNG BOY - DISCOVERED HIS TRUE PASSION FOR ART ANNOUNCING IT TO HIS CLASS.

THE GIGGLES CAME AND THE SNEERS IN THE LAUGHTER OH YOU CAN'T BE NO ARTIST WHO YOU THINK YOU IS?

HE PROVED THE NAYSAYERS WRONG STUDYING ART THROUGH GRAD SCHOOL AND  BEGAN TEACHING ART IN THE 60S --
WHILE PERFECTING HIS CRAFT AS A PROFESSIONAL ARTIST.

HIS DRAWINGS AND SCULPTURES TAP INTO HIS ANCESTRIAL HISTORY TELLING THE STORY OF HIS LIFE.

"I LIKE TO TAKE THINGS THAT ARE OLD AND STABLE AND SEE HOW THEY RELATE TO CONTEMPORARY ISSUES."

GROWING UP DURING THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT HE SPOKE LOUDLY AGAINST INJUSTICE THROUGH HIS ART. EVEN WHEN COLLEAGUES SAID HE SHOULDN'T BECAUSE IT WASN'T PROFITABLE.

I said i'm a man first and artist later and I'm an african-american and that hyphenation is important and I need to be aware because it help me re-think and get a positive perception of self.

"Honesty and truth is more important then silver and gold."

HE'S HAD A SUCCESSFUL CAREER TRAVELING THE WORLD TRANSLATING WHAT HE'S SEEN IN HIS WORK.
HE RETIRED FROM TEACHING AT CENTRAL STATE UNIVERSITY IN 1998 --BUT HE HAS NOW PLANS TO PUT DOWN HIS PASTELS ANYTIME SOON.

"I want my art to reflect some very brief time in history I was on this earth. This is what I saw and this is what i experienced and this is how I expressed it."
Black History Month: Bing Davis

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