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William Bill Davison

Bill Davison

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020
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Bill Davison, 78, distinguished print artist and Emeritus Professor of Art, died at home in the company of his wife and family on August 12, 2020. Son of Robert Powers Davison and Janet Miller Davison who predeceased him, seventh generation Vermonter, duck hunter and mentor to countless young artists, he established the printmaking program at the University of Vermont where he taught for forty-two years.

Educated at Albion College and the University of Michigan (Master of Fine Arts) Bill sustained a rigorous art practice and exhibition record for 55 years, recently completing a series of collage and collaborative artworks titled Diamonds and Rust.

Davison’s work has been exhibited internationally and resides in more than fifty public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Yale University Art Museum; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art. Numerous awards and fellowships include the National Endowment for the Arts Artist’s Fellowship, Prix ARS Electronica Award of Distinction, Linz, Austria, and the McDowell Colony. His work has been represented by leading galleries including Brooke Alexander, Barbara Gladstone, Martina Hamilton and Kathryn Markel in New York and Roy Boyd in Chicago.

Bill is survived by his wife, Kathleen McGann Schneider; brother, Robert P. Davison Jr. and wife Marlene Paradee Davison; children, Karin “Kadie” Davison Salfi and husband Jason Salfi, Tristan Davison and wife Keran Rose Davison; grandchildren, Lucia Salfi, and Maxine, Frances and Joe Davison; nieces, Stephanie Davison and Heidi Davison Noonan and husband Bill Levins; great nieces, Amelia and Grace Kittell and Erica Noonan; great nephew, Taylor Noonan.

Family and friends will celebrate Bill’s life when it is safe to do so with a party, exhibition, and rock and roll music as he requested. You are invited to share photos, memories and condolences by visiting

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bill Davison Printmaking Fund, UVM Foundation, 411 Main Street, Burlington 05401,
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Clement Cardinal

Posted at 01:01pm
My deepest sympathy to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Clem Cardinal EJHS Class of 1959

Patti Archambault Gulick

Posted at 07:37am
Dear Kathleen and family,
I extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family. I shared fond memories with Bill as my friend during school. My thoughts and prayers will be with your family.
Patti (Archambault) and Joe Gulick
Class of EJHS 1959

Ted Lyman

Posted at 10:11pm
Farewell artist, teacher and valued friend. You were one of those at the heart of the department when I arrived there in 1983 and stayed there until your retirement. I shall deeply miss your gruff, but ultimately humane, presence.

Ted Lyman

Michael Paler

Posted at 12:12am
Bill was a professor of mine 1991-1992. I was studying Botany at UVM under David Barrington and, on a lark, I began taking art classes to fill some credits. First came Ed Owre -- who opened my eyes to how fun art could be. He recommended taking some printmaking classes with Bill Davison. Sure, why not? Well, those classes completely changed the direction of my life. Bill's candid critiques and refreshing honestly, combined with his rigorous standards around quality of work set me on a new direction. Printmaking, especially under Bill's mentorship, connected with me and set me on the path that I continue on to this day. I am beyond grateful that I crossed paths with him.

After college I became good friends with his Daughter, Kadie while living in San Francisco. We often joked in a loving, knowing way about Bill's unique characteristics. I haven't seen him in many years, but when I heard of his passing, I felt an immediate need to share. My deepest condolences to to entire Davison family during these tough times. Michael Paler, UVM 1992.

Posted at 03:59pm
Dear Kathleen,
I was greatly saddened to read about Bill's passing. He was a friend and a highly valued colleague and I have many happy memories of good times he and I shared both at school and at CAA meetings. I was also proud to have such an innovative and accomplished print maker on our faculty. I know that this must be a terribly sad period for you, but I hope that your store of happy memories of times with him will help support you at this difficult time.
With much sympathy, Christie Stephany

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