Jack Davis work on display at GMOA


An exhibition of work by artist Jack Davis (M ’52) is on display at UGA’s Georgia Museum of Art through Jan. 6. “Beyond the Bulldog: Jack Davis” goes deeper into Davis’ career than the sports and caricature work for which he is best known, focusing on his black-and-white drawings in particular.

Perhaps best known in Georgia for his depictions of Southeastern Conference mascots tussling, Davis (b. 1924) has had a lengthy career in illustration and cartooning, with an immediately recognizable style and an influence that extends far beyond his home state. Having published his first cartoon at the age of 12, Davis studied with the artist Lamar Dodd in UGA’s art school, which he attended on the G.I. Bill, and honed his skills drawing for The Red & Black, the student newspaper, and Bullsheet, an Athens humor publication.

After graduating, he moved to New York, where he attended the Art Students League before landing work with William Gaines at EC Comics. He was one of the founding artists of Mad magazine, supplied covers for Time and TV Guide and designed numerous album art and movie posters. He created his first art for UGA’s athletics program in 1948 when he drew Head Football Coach Wally Butts for the front and back of that year’s media guide, and the relationship has lasted ever since.

The exhibit at UGA was organized by guest curator Patrick Dean, a cartoonist who sits on the board of the Jack Davis Foundation. It is funded by the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art.