Department of Art Scholarships
THE JOHN B. DAVIS ART SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT FUND AT IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY
John B. Davis was born in American Falls, the son of a prominent Pocatello attorney, Ben Davis, and his wife Nola.  John earned a B.A. degree from the University of Washington in 1936.  He continued at the same university and was awarded his M.F.A. degree in 1939. For a time he taught at the University of Washington and at a private art school in the Seattle area.  During America’s depression years, he worked with a federal art project. During World War II, John served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in England. In 1955 the Davis family moved to Pocatello, where John became the chairman of the Idaho State University Department of Art.  He served in that position for fifteen years. John Davis taught drawing, painting, sculpture, art education and anatomy at Idaho State University.  Two of his large murals are still displayed on campus, one in the Student Union Building, and another in Reed Gymnasium. The ISU Fine Arts Building was completed in 1965 and the major art gallery was named the John B. Davis Gallery after his death in 1970.  This scholarship fund is another memorial to honor this great man who founded the modern academic program in art which continues at ISU today.
MARKY HINSON ART SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT
The Marky Hinson Art Scholarship Endowment was established by friends and family of Martha Turrell Hinson to honor her commitment to visual art and to women who wish to follow a path of education in the arts.  Marky was a graduate of Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio, earning the B.F.A. degree in 1957.  She was an accomplished painter, with a special gift for expressive portraiture.  She married former ISU art faculty member, Ron Hinson, in 1958 and had three children.  She died in July of 1977, after courageously trying to combat metastasized breast cancer.  She had an especially outgoing and generous personality and communicated a joy of living that was infectious. 
ROBIE ROBISON VISUAL ARTS SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT
The Robie Robison Visual Arts Scholarship Endowment was established by friends and family in memory of Clyde “Robie” Robison.  Robie’s original instruction in water colors came from Ms. Vera Burrell.  He eventually turned to oil, spending the remainder of his life driven to express himself through the mediums of painting and drawing.  Robie continued his instruction from B.F. Larsen and Roman Andrus and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.  He completed a year of graduate work at Brigham Young University, then received additional training at the Los Angeles County Art Institute.  Robie felt that painting is man’s attempt to halt the everlasting passing away of time. 
JOHN B. DAVIS ART SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT
The John B. Davis Art Scholarship Endowment was established by friends and family of John in his memory.  John graduated from the University of Washington in 1936, and earned his M.F.A. degree from the same university in 1939.  Following service in the U.S. Army Air Corps in England, he became the chairman of the Idaho State University Department of Art and served in this position for 15 years.

 

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