Courtney Davis

Faculty Member

Courtney Davis


Courtney Davis serves as Dean of the School of the Arts at Utah Valley University, where she also and teaches courses in art history and arts management for the Department of Art & Design. As Dean, Davis promotes excellence in the visual and performing arts through academic programs as well as community-engaged arts programming and events. Key initiatives include expanding high impact educational practices, supporting a powerful and inspiring performing arts and exhibition season, and helping to facilitate the reopening of the UVU Museum of Art at the newly renovated Lakemount Manor. Prior to her current position, Courtney Davis served as chair of the Department of Art & Design at UVU. She holds a Juris Doctor from the J. Ruben Clark Law School as well as degrees in Art History & Curatorial Studies from Brigham Young University. She enjoys melding her dual passions of art history and the law in her research, which focuses largely on copyright in the visual arts. Prior to joining UVU, Courtney Davis worked as an associate attorney at the law firm Hill, Johnson & Schmutz.


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


ART 4830

Professional Practices for the Visual Arts II WE, Spring 2024


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 .
Davis, Courtney , (2018) "“Teaching Copyright_ Moral Balancing in the Age of Appropriation" (vol. 18). Charlottesville, VA: Teaching Ethics, Philosophy Documentation Center.
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.
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.
Davis, Courtney , (2016) "“Art Historical E-Learning and the Virtual Museum Space " (Issue: 4, vol. 9). Ubiquitous Learning_ An International Journal.
Davis, Courtney , Kraus, Kristin L., (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.


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.