Exhibitions, Honors, & Interviews
Jym is an Associate Professor of Art at Reinhardt University in Georgia. He describes himself as a mask-making sculptor and myth builder. Since 2016, Jym has been a National Park Artist-In-Resident five times: Big Cypress Preserve in Florida, Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona, Lassen Volcanic National Park in California, Craters of the Moon Monument in Idaho, and Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico. His work reflects his interest in conservation, environmentalism, and 'otherworldly' landscapes. His wearable art and sculptural masks reflect the animals and landscapes where his artwork was made. His most recent exhibitions include Feinkunst-Krueger gallery in Germany and Treat Gallery in NYC. Jym has an extensive global exhibition record. Also follow Jym's artwork at instagram.com/jymdavis
My masks and wearable sculptures are inspired by the last remaining wild places in America. As I work, the masks begin to take on the personality of the terrain and the animals that inhabit the area. Sometimes my masks are inspired by a fossil or a single artifact. Other times the masks represent forgotten creatures or beasts that might have been. Each sculpture becomes an expression of the landscape, with characteristics emerging as sharp angles, prickly spikes, gentle curves, or rounded edges. I work in wearable art because it directly connects the viewer to my creation. When a person inhabits a piece of my work, it changes both their appearance and the way they interact with it. I intend my work to have fluidity to it and be something that works in a performance, theater, or a traditional gallery space.
o Treat America Project, January 2019, Treat Gallery, New York, New York.
o Don’t Wake Daddy XIII, December 2018, Feinkunst Krüger Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
o The Clown Show, October 2018, Elephant Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee
o Infrared: The Invisible Made Visible, November 2017, Photo Place Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont (Juror Laurie Klein).
o Photo Scanography: The Art of Scanned Art, March 2017, Niza Knoll Gallery, Denver, Colorado (Month of Photography).
o Look App This: Exploring iPhoneography, March 2017, SPARK Gallery, Denver, Colorado (Juror Mark Sink).
o Beyond The Selfie, March 2017, Southeast Center for Photography, Greenville, South Carolina (Juror Miss Aniela).
o Paper Beasts and Battle Preparations (solo show), October 2016, Jabberwock Gallery, Algoma, Wisconsin.
o False Face: Disguised Identities, October 2016, Reinhardt University, Waleska, Georgia.
o Focus on Photography, June 2016, Gadsden Museum of Art, Alabama.
o Dateline 012, April 2015, Dateline Gallery, Denver Colorado (Month of Photography)
o We Have Never Been Modern, December 2014, Dope Chapel, Norman, Oklahoma.
o Short Experimental Documentaries, November 2014, Anthology Film Archive, New York, New York.
o Alumni Exhibit: A Gamma Ray Society Show, October 2014, Carson-Newman University.
o PsychIcon, December 2012, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork, Ireland.
o Big Mini Media Festival, November 2012, Media Arts Department, Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York.
o Traps: Video Screening Series, August 2012, SPACE 1026, Philadelphia PA.
o Reinhardt University Faculty Show, April 2012, The Hideaway, Jasper GA.
o Experimental Media Series (finalist), January 2011, Maryland Institute College of Art &The Philips Collection, Wash, DC.
o International Fest of Cinema and Technology, January 2010, Living Room Theatre, Portland, ORE.
o Art Outlet, Head Cinema – Sleep, Dreams, and Reality, October 2009, Capital Skyline Hotel Video Lounge Bar, Washington, DC.
o CologneOFF, Violence + Taboo: An Online International Video Festival, October-December 2009, Cologne, Germany.
o The Harrison Center for the Arts, Unusual Animals Project Space, Mostly Loves Clouds, January 2008, Indianapolis, IN.
o Kalamata Historic Centre, Festival Miden, July 2007 Kalamata, Greece.
o Outvideo, International Video Art Festival, July 2007, Moscow, Volgograd, Russia.
o DC Arts Center, By Chance, February 2007, Washington, DC.
o The Warehouse Gallery, The Werewolf Youth, April 2007, Washington, DC.
o Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, Elements, April 2006, Greensboro, NC.
o Minna Gallery, Independant Exposure: Autumnal Edition, September 2005, San Francisco, CA.
o Samothraki World Music and Art Festival, group show, July 2005, Samothraki, Greece.
o Gallery 115: The Design Group, Faculty Group Show, April 2005, Greensboro, NC.
o Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, School of Fine Arts, Pixeldance Video Art Festival, March 2005, Greece.
o Weatherspoon Art Museum, Art on Paper, group show, January 2005, Greensboro, NC.
o RestCycling Art International Projekt, group show, September 2004, Berlin, Germany.
o Synthetic Zero Loft, Conversions Series, group show, August 2004, New York, New York.
o Der Witte Ruime (The White Space), group show, August 2004, Den Haag, The Netherlands.
o Machfeld International Arts and Culture Society, Machfeld Studio, group show, August 2004, Vienna, Austria.
o University of California Film and Video Center, Eyeberrations, group show, June 2004, Irvine, CA.
o Project Creo / Pier Gallery, Transparencies, February 2004, St. Petersburg, FL.
Residencies, Fellowships and Honors
o Artist-In-Residence, Big Cypress National Preserve, March 2018
o Artist-In-Residence, Lassen Volcanic National Park, July 2017 .
o Artist-In-Residence, Craters of the Moon National Monument, October 2017.
o Artist-In-Residence, Petrified Forest National Park, June 2016.
o Faculty Artistic Excellence Award, Reinhardt University, 2015
o Visiting artist lecture, Survey of New Media Course, Professor John Alford, Savannah College of Art & Design, Oct 2012 / May 2013
o United Arts Council of North Carolina, Regional Artists Hub Grant, 2005-06
o Howard Fellowship, University of North Carolina Greensboro, 2002-03.
o Hester and Deblasio Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, January 2003.
o Joan Mitchell Foundation, grant finalist, spring 2003.
o Dedalus Foundation, grant nominee, spring 2003.
o Visual Arts Award, Outstanding Visual Artist of the Year, Carson-Newman College, 1999.
o Associate Professor of Art (Tenured), Reinhardt University, 2006 – Current.
o Adjunct Instructor of Art, Wake Forest University, 2005-06.
o Part time Instructor of Art, University of North Carolina Greensboro, 2003-06.
o Masters of Fine Art, University of North Carolina Greensboro, 2003.
o Independent study, University of Tennessee, 2000.
o B.A. in Art, Carson-Newman College, May 1999. Cum laude.
Bibliography, Publications, & Reviews
o Masquerade, Cherokee Tribune, October 28th 2016. Profile of my artwork and False Faces art show.
o Yue-Ling Wong, Digital Art: Its Art and Science, Pearson / Prentice Hall textbook, 2009p. 242 Chapt 6: Time-Based Medium.
o Kim Rinehimer, “Paints Well With Others”, Washington City Paper, Art Section, April 5, 2007
o Tom Patterson, “A Versatile Medium”, The Winston-Salem Journal, January 2, 2005
o Ann Millett, “Art on Paper 2004”, Art on Paper Magazine, January / February, 2005
o Tom Patterson, “The Key Word is Paper”, The Winston-Salem Journal, December 19, 2004.
o Lennie Bennett, “Putting emotion in Motion”, St. Petersburg Times, May 6, 2004.
Commercial illustration, music video, and professional activity
o Illustration: ICG Magazine: International Cinematographers Guild, “Axe Men” Vol. 80 No. 9, August 2009. p. 37
o Illustration: Georgia Music Magazine, Georgia Music Magazine, “Moon River”, Fall Edition, Issue 18. October, 2010.
o Participant in Sprockets Music Video Festival, The 40 Watt Club, Athens GA, 2008
o Encyclopedia Asthmatica, a DVD compilation of Asthmatic Kitty Records Videos, 2008. see below for videos.
o Music Videos: The Curtains, (Album: Calamity), My Brightest Diamond, (Album: Tear It Down), and Half-Handed Cloud, (Album: Halos and Lassos)
o Conceived of and co-directed title credit sequence to Beyond the Wall of Sleep, Lion’s Gate Film. 2005.
o Visiting speaker and guest juror, Carson-Newman College, April 2005.
o Recognized and represented by Microcinema.com, an online San Fran. distributor of experimental media art, 2004 & 2008.