Willis “Bing” Davis is a respected educator, a world renowned artist, an icon of creative thinking and one of Dayton’s brightest cultural gems. Born in Greer, South Carolina, Davis grew up in Dayton, Ohio where he lives today. Bing graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana in 1959. He then went on to study at the Dayton Art Institute and later received his Masters Degree in Education in 1967 from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
He has taught in a variety of educational institutions such as the Dayton Public School System, DePauw and Miami Universities, Wright State University, and Central State University. While at CSU, Bing also chaired the Art Department and was the Director of the Paul Robeson Cultural and Performing Arts Center. He has also served as an artist-in-residence for the School of Education at the University of Dayton and as President of the Board of Directors of the National Conference of Artists.
Bing’s art has been exhibited around the world including exhibitions at Studio Museum of Harlem, American Craft Museum, Renwick Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Savannah College of Art and Design, Anacostia Museum, National Museum of Art of Senegal West Africa, U.S. Embassy Accra, Ghana, and Museum fur Angewandte Kunst (Museum of Applied Arts), Frankfurt, Germany and the Dayton Art Institute.
Bing is one of Dayton’s most prominent cultural and creative ambassadors and he my guest on this episode of Inspiring Creative Thinking.
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About the Inspiring Creative Thinking Podcast:
Inspiring Creative Thinking is a podcast series produced by The Ohlmann Group, a marketing communications firm that specializes in helping clients to create the future. The podcast features short interviews with creative thinkers – authors, artists, bankers, business people, musicians, medical professionals, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and more. In each podcast, the guest will be asked a similar set of questions about the importance of creativity, their approach to the creative process, and where and how they find creative inspiration. By doing this, we hope to reveal some universal truths about creativity, uncover unique approaches to the creative process, and offer insight into what makes creative thinkers tick.
Why are we doing this? Here are a few reasons. We are nerds who love to create. We always aspire to be better at what we do. We think that the world is a better place when it is filled with creativity. We are curious about creativity, and we believe in sharing what we learn. Learning more about creativity allows us to better serve our clients and have more fun doing what we do. It’s fun.
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