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The Davidsons are old pros when it comes to bronze casting, firing a kiln or firing enamel for jewelry making. Mary comes from a 38 years background in foundry work and bronze casting. Her teaching of art spans over 40 years. Her works include not only minute, intricate castings, but larger than life size figures in bronze and resins. Ken, who is a retired dentist is skilled not only in casting, but is also a master mold maker.

Mary Ott Davidson

Education

1997. - M.F.A. in Visual Arts: Sculpture. Vermont College of Norwich University. Montpelier, VT

1992-94 Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. University of Tennessee.

1991 - Haystack Mountain School of Arts and Crafts. University of Southern Maine

1971 - ETH University. Zurich Switzerland

1970 - M.A.T. in Sculpture/Administration. Tulane University. New Orleans, LA.

1967 - Xavier University. New Orleans, LA.

1968 - Tulane University College. New Orleans, LA.

1964 - Louisiana State University. Baton Rouge, LA.

1962 - B.S. Degree. St. Mary’s Dominican College. New Orleans, LA.

 

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Teaching Experience

2005 Master Teacher for Bronze Casting Workshop. Barnsite Academy of Fine Art. Kewaunee, WI.

1999-2000 Art History Instructor. University of Southern Mississippi. Gulf Park Campus. Long Beach, MS

Since 1993 Master Teacher for Bronze Casting, Stone Carving and Mold Making Workshops. Peninsula Art School. Fish Creek, WI.

1989 - 2005 Sculpture, Pottery and Design Instructor and Gallery Director at Mississippi Gulf
Coast Community College, Jefferson Davis Campus. Gulfport, MS.

1988-1989 Sculpture, Pottery and Design Instructor William Carey College, Gulfport, MS.

1975-76 Artist in Residence. New Orleans Public Schools. Federal Grant for Inner City Schools. New Orleans, LA.

1970-72 Sculpture/Pottery Teacher. American International School of Zurich. Kilchberg, Switzerland.

 

Recent Commissions

2004 Designed liturgical furnishings for new St. Joseph Church. Gulfport, MS

2002- Bronze relief of Brother Rex Hennel, former principal of Notre Dame High School. Biloxi, MS

2002 - Larger- than- life bronze bust of Bishop Jude Speyrer, Bishop Emeritus of Lake Charles
Diocese. Lake Charles, LA

2002-Five foot lion for the Mississippi Lions Sight Foundation. Jackson, MS

2002- Larger-than-life bronze bust of Bishop Joseph Howze. First African-American Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Biloxi. Biloxi, MS

2001- Bronze relief of Margaret Tremmel Peresich, former business leader. Biloxi MS

1999 – Bronze relief of ships and city shield for Bay St. Louis, MS

1997-99 – Life size bronze statue of Jean-Baptiste LeMoyne, Sieur de Bienville, Founder of Bay St. Louis, MS. Dedicated August 25,1999. Edition of 9 inch statues of Bienville for the Historical Society

1996-98 – Life size bronze statue of Pierre LeMoyne, Sieur d’Iberville. Founder of Biloxi, Ms. Dedicated September 4, 1998 Edition of 9 inch statues of Iberville for the Chamber of Commerce.

1996 – Life size statue of George E. Ohr, the Mad Potter of Biloxi. Image was based on trick photography done by Mr. Ohr. The sculpture depicts George standing on his head and is entitled Upside-Down George. Located at the George E. Ohr Arts and Cultural Center. Biloxi, MS.

1994- Life size statue of George E. Ohr in the Pot-ohr-e Gallery in the George E. Ohr Arts and Cultural Center. Biloxi, MS

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Recent Exhibitions

2006  Biennial Southeastern Juried Exhibition. Mobile Museum of Art. Mobile, AL.
 
2006  Substance, Spirit, and Survival. Gala Gallery. Washington, DC.
 
2006  Surviving Katrina.  Rome Area Council for the Arts. Rome, GA.
 
2006  Surviving Katrina.  Hancock Chamber Gallery. Bay Saint Louis , MS
 
2006  Surviving Katrina.  Mac and Andy Exhibition.  The Cedars. Jackson, MS.
 
2006  Surviving Katrina.  Peters Valley Faculty Exhibition. Layton, NJ.
 
2006  Surviving Katrina.  Peninsula Art School Faculty Exhibition. Fish Creek, WI .
 
2006  Surviving Katrina. Mississippi State Committee Artist Exhibition.
         Meridian Museum of Art. Meridian, MS.
 
2006  Surviving Katrina.  Minnetonka Center for the Arts. Wayzata, MN.
 
2006  Surviving Katrina.  The Glad Hand Gallery. Saint Paul , MN.
 
2006  Gotta Have Heart Exhibition.  Williams Gallery . Gulfport , MS. 

2006  Gotta Have Heart Exhibition. Northrop King Building . Minneapolis , MN.

2006  Gotta Have Heart Exhibition.  Frank Stone Gallery. Minneapolis , MN.
 
2006 From the Art New York, World Financial Center, New York, New York.
 
2006 Minnetonka Center for the Arts. Wayzata, MN.
 
 
2005 Post Katrina Exhibition. Williams Gallery. Gulfport, MS
 

2005 Creative Spirit Art Center. Midland, MI

 
2005 Mississippi University and College Art Faculty Exhibition.
        Lauren Rogers Museum. Laurel MS

2005 Peninsula Art School Exhibition. Fish Creek, WI

2005 Artists Exhibition for the Mississippi Committee for the National Museum for
        Women in the Arts. Old Capital Museum. Jackson, MS

2005 Mixed Media Exhibition. Slidel Cultural Center. Slidell, LA.

2005 Gizell Gallery Faculty Exhibition. Peninsula Art School. Fish Creek, WI.

2004 Fresh Inspiration II. Eudora Welty Library. Jackson, MS
        and University Museums. Oxford, MS
 
2002 Motifs of Time Mississippi Artist Invitational Exhibition. Walter Anderson Museum.
        Ocean Springs, MS
 
2001. Membership Exhibition for the Mississippi Committee for the
        National Museum for Women in the Arts. Pascagoula, MS.

2000 MGCCC-JD Visual Art Faculty Exhibition. Gulfport, MS

2000 Cross Currents Biennial National Competition. Walter Anderson Museum of Art.
        Ocean Springs, MS.

2000 Fresh Inspiration: Catholic Art. Jackson, MS.

2000  Art Wave-Tri State Competition. Ohr-Okeefe Museum. Biloxi, MS

2000  19th Annual Cottonlandia Collection Competition. Cottonlandia Museum. Greenwood, MS.

2000  Membership Exhibition for the Mississippi committee for the National Museum for Women in the Arts. Bay St. Louis, MS.

2000  Art Wave Membership Exhibition. Sarah Gillespie Gallery.
        William Carey College. Gulfport, MS.

Recent Memberships

2005 - Mississippi Craftmen’s Guild

2005 – The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center

2001 - National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts

Since 1999 - Mississippi State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Artist Liaison to the Board

1997 – 2005 College Art Association

Since 1974 - International Sculpture Center

Recent Awards

2003 – Honored Artist Award by the Mississippi State Committee for the National Museum of Women in the Arts

2002 – Instructor of the Year at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

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Kenneth Comfort Davidson

Education

2004 - Metals Workshop. Peninsula Art School. Fish Creek, WI.

2003 – Metals Workshop. SECAC. Raleigh, N.C.

2002 – Intensive Mold Making Workshop. Inferno Foundry. Atlanta, GA

1996 – Intensive Mold Making Workshop. Pink House Studio. St. Albans, VT

1957 – D.D.S Loyola University. New Orleans, LA

Recent Teaching Experience

2005- Teacher for Bronze Casting Workshop. Barnsite Academy of Fine Art. Kewaunee, WI.

2005 - Taught Mold Making Workshop. Davidson Artworks. Saucier, MS

2003 – Taught Mold Making Workshop. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Gulfport, MS.

Since 1998 – Master Teacher of Mold Making, Bronze Casting, and Stone Carving. Peninsula Art School. Fish Creek, WI

Collaborations

Since 1994 - Has collaborated with Mary on all of her commissions

Exhibitions

2006 – Gotta Have Heart Exhibition. Williams Gallery. Gulfport, MS

2005 - Mardi Gras Exhibition. Walter Anderson Museum. Ocean Springs, MS

© Davidson Artworks 2006