Courtney Davis

Faculty Member

Courtney Davis

Biography

Courtney Davis is the Interim Dean of the School of the Arts. Having taught art history at Utah Valley University since 2007, she was most recently the Department Chair of the Art & Design Department. Courtney has been recognized as the UVU Alumni Outstanding Educator of the Year for the School of the Arts on three occasions and has also twice received a Faculty Senate Award of Excellence. Courtney, who helped to develop the Art History program at UVU, is the founder and director of the Art & Design Department's biennial art history symposium, a tradition that began in 2010. Courtney holds a Masters of Art in Art History & Curatorial Studies and a Juris Doctor, both from Brigham Young University. She teaches a range of art history courses, focusing on the history of art from the nineteenth century to the contemporary era.

Courtney's research areas include early eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European painting, the American Gilded Age, contemporary art, and copyright law. She recently won an international award for her paper, "So Sue Me_ Legal Actions as a New Staging Ground for Performance Art," which was delivered at the American University in Paris in 2017 and published in the Arts & Society Annual Review in 2018. Her paper, "Intellectual Theft or Creative License? Copyright Education in the Visual Arts," was honored by the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters with the award of Best Paper, Arts Division in 2017.

Education

JD, Brigham Young University, 2005

Major: Law

MA, Brigham Young University, 2001

Major: Art History & Curatorial Studies

BA, Brigham Young University, 1998

Major: Art History

Teaching

ARTH 3400

Arts Management, Fall 2021

ART 481R

Art and Design Internship, Summer 2021

ART 481R

Art and Design Internship, Summer 2021

ART 481R

Art and Design Internship, Summer 2021

ART 481R

Art and Design Internship, Summer 2021

ART 481R

Art and Design Internship, Summer 2021

ART 481R

Art and Design Internship, Spring 2021

ART 481R

Art and Design Internship, Spring 2021

ART 481R

Art and Design Internship, Spring 2021

ART 481R

Art and Design Internship, Spring 2021

ARTH 3400

Arts Management, Spring 2021

ART 4830

Professional Practices for the Visual Arts II WE, Spring 2021

ART 4830

Professional Practices for the Visual Arts II WE, Spring 2021

ART 4850

Professional Writing for the Visual Arts WE, Spring 2021

Presentations

Davis, Courtney , Annual Conference 2021, "Rota Fortunae_ Divining the Future of Viewership & Arts Consumption ", Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters , Virtual. (March, 2021)
Davis, Courtney , National Conference, "Cultivating Excellence, Ambition & Optimism through the Roots of Knowledge", SECAC, Chattanooga, Tennessee. (October, 2019)
Davis, Courtney , Twelfth International Conference on Arts in Society, "So Sue Me_ Legal Actions as a New Staging Ground for Performance Art", Common Ground Research Networks, the American University of Paris, the Sorbonne-Pantheon University, Paris, France. (June, 2017)
Davis, Courtney , Annual Conference , "Intellectual Theft or Creative License? Intellectual Property in the Arts", Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters , Orem, Utah. (February, 2017)
Davis, Courtney , International E-Learning and Innovative Pedagogies Conference, "Art Historical e-Learning and the Virtual Museum Space", Common Ground Research Network, University of California at Santa Cruz. (October, 2015)
Davis, Courtney , Annual Conference, "The Intellectual Simulacrum_ Landscape Photography, Intellectual Property & Claiming the American West", Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, Snow College, Ephraim, Utah. (February, 2015)

Scholarly/Creative Works

Davis, Courtney , Hempel, Melissa , Monahan, Rebekah , (2019) "Maximalism and Visual Delight_ Jeanne Leighton-Lundberg Clark and Contemporary Genre Painting" . Champaign, IL: Arts in Society Book Imprint/Common Ground Research . https://www.amazon.com/Maximalism-Visual-Delight-Leighton-Lundberg-Contemporary/dp/1863351396
Davis, Courtney , (2018) "“Teaching Copyright_ Moral Balancing in the Age of Appropriation" (vol. 18). Charlottesville, VA: Teaching Ethics, Philosophy Documentation Center. https://www.pdcnet.org/tej/content/tej_2018_0018_0001_0027_0038
Davis, Courtney , (2018) "“Intellectual Theft or Creative License? Copyright Education & the Visual Arts”" (vol. 94). Provo, Utah: Journal of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. http://www.utahacademy.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/JUASAL-full-text-2017-revised2.pdf
Davis, Courtney , (2018) "“So Sue Me_ Legal Action as New Staging Ground Legal Performance Art”" (Issue: 1, vol. 12). United States: The International Journal of the Arts & Society_ Annual Review. https://cgscholar.com/bookstore/works/so-sue-me-81253287-7e8f-4045-aa0d-d6d4da140a6e
Davis, Courtney , (2016) "“Art Historical E-Learning and the Virtual Museum Space " (Issue: 4, vol. 9). Ubiquitous Learning_ An International Journal.
Davis, Courtney , (2016) "“Staking a Visual Claim_ Taming the American West Through Landscape Photography and Intellectual Property Rights" (vol. 93). Provo, Utah: Journal of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. http://www.utahacademy.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/JUASAL-fulltext-final-2015-corrected.pdf

Awards

Flexible Teaching Award, Best Online Course Design (2nd Place)

Utah Valley University - April, 2021

The Flexible Teaching Awards for Best Design and Best Delivery are meant to recognize the exemplary work of online and hybrid faculty at UVU. Awards are selected by peer review within the College Flexible Learning Councils.

Alumni Outstanding Educator of the Year, School of the Arts

Utah Valley University - May, 2019

Teaching-based award selected by student votes from the School of the Arts graduating class of 2018-19.

International Award of Excellence for The Arts in Society Journal Collection

Common Ground Research Networks - January, 2018

The Arts in Society Journal Collection offers an annual International Award for Excellence for new research or thinking that has been recognized to be outstanding by members of The Arts in Society Research Network.

Best Paper, Arts Division

Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters - November, 2017

Each year the Academy publishes The Journal of the Utah Academy. The selected material for the journal comes from the papers given at the yearly conference. Each academic division selects a “best paper” of the conference. That paper along with other selected pieces are included for publication in the journal.

Faculty Senate Excellence Award, School of the Arts

Utah Valley University - April, 2016

The purpose of the Faculty Senate Faculty Excellence Award is to recognize full-time and adjunct faculty who have made significant contributions to UVU's mission through demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.

Alumni Outstanding Educator of the Year, School of the Arts

Utah Valley University - April, 2013

Teaching-based award selected by student votes from the School of the Arts graduating class of 2012-13.