Geri Davis


As part of our Art in the Spotlight, the center featured two watercolor paintings by Geri Davis. These works were on display during the same period as Beyond Go Figure III in recognition of Geri’s impact on the art community and her involvement in the organization of previous Beyond Go Figure exhibitions.


“That which you cannot put into words, you MUST paint!!”

 – Philosophy of Geri Davis


Geri Davis (Oct. 1, 1939 – Nov. 4, 2021) was an artist, educator, and motivator to everyone around her. She inspired others through her various leadership and teaching roles and she continues to do so now in the vibrancy and the life contained in her artworks. In 1961, Geri received her bachelor’s degree in architecture and art at Auburn University, later receiving her masters of science in Counseling and Human Development, with a focus in Art Therapy, at Troy University. Throughout her life, she served on numerous boards and committees, holding positions such as a Signature Member of the Georgia Watercolor Society and the Georgia State President of the National League of American Pen Women.


Her impact continued in her roles as a founding member and board member of the Gallery on Tenth, the Bo Bartlett Center, and Columbus State University’s Friends of Art, all of which were roles that supported her community and allowed for others to be inspired and introduced to art. Her passion for the environment, specifically her love for flowers, led to the creation of a poster on the “Threatened and Endangered Wildflowers of Georgia,” which was used in Muscogee County Schools as an educational tool. Her vision and fierce passion for art and education is continued with the Geri M. Davis Art Scholarship Fund, which is awarded to aid in the continuation of a student’s art education at CSU.

Pictured Above:

Geri Davis, Field of Tulips

Geri Davis, Bahama Hats