Glen C. Davies


Glen Davies received an MFA in Painting from the University of Illinois after attending undergraduate studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Drake University. He has worked as a circus/carnival show painter, muralist, and artist-in-residence throughout the country since 1981, and has conducted numerous mural residencies through the IAC since 1986. Davies has exhibited work in many solo and group shows including the Chicago Cultural Center, Krannert Art Museum, and Packer Schopf Gallery. Awarded a tourism grant in 2000, he painted architectural murals in Charleston and was commissioned to create a mural for the Illini Union on the University of Illinois campus in 2004. Davies continues to conduct workshops in set painting, murals, and trompe l’oeil around Illinois.

Artistic Statement: 

In residencies, I focus on developing basic skills and talents in my students/assistants and provide a foundation for encouraging the visual language needed for translating experience to the mural surface. Most murals are site specific, and assistants are encouraged to explore the demands and limitations involved in choosing their mural location and theme. In addition to collaborating on the theme, young artists learn techniques to help design, draw, transfer, and enlarge images while preparing the mural surface for final painting. Students learn valuable lessons from a large-scale collaborative project. Planning and preparation combined with progressive steps toward completion help to portray a truer sense of art as both an intellectual and physical discipline.

Residency Type: 
Individual Artist