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Tony Davenport

Tony Davenport hails from Vicksburg, Mississippi. Davenport earned his BFA in fine arts from Jackson State University in 2002 and received a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree from Memphis College of Art in 2019. Tony is  a certified K-12 Visual arts teacher and  has taught visual art in both Mississippi and Tennessee for 15 years. As an art educator, he believes that arts integration is vital in teaching children to use creativity as a vehicle to navigate through social interaction among people, cultures, and communities.

As a professional artist, Tony utilizes the elements and principles of design to illustrate the expression of the human form working in concert with musically themed influences. Davenport has illustrated magazine covers for the Jackson Free Press. In addition, the artist has designed the official posters for the Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festivals (2006 ,2008 & 2015). In addition to being an accomplished artist, Davenport also performs as a live performance painter. Whether he uses an arts integration approach to educate through historic people or vistas to painting live at events near and far, Tony Davenport’s images capture the essence of life in reflections that transcend time and place without boundaries.



  • Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN
    • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT): (Fall 2018)
  • Jackson State University, Jackson, MS
    • Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (May 2002)
  • Hinds Community College, Raymond, MS (August 1995-May 1997)

Fine Arts Major; GPA: 3.5


  • Visual Arts, (102), Certified License Number :188024, Expiration: 7/1/2025


  • Effective communication skills
  • Work well with individuals and teams (people person/team player)
  • Planning and organization
  • Problem solving/Creative thinking
  • Ability to create materials such as posters, informational flyers and websites using technology

Teaching Experience

Shelby County Schools, Memphis, TN

    Visual Arts, (427), Practitioner License Number: 000701398, Expiration: 8/31/2019
  • Kingsbury Middle School, 1276 North Graham Street, (901) 369-0219
    • Art Instructor (August 2016-Present)

Jackson Public Schools, Jackson, MS

  • Chastain Middle School, 4650 Manhattan Rd (601) 987-3550
    • Art Instructor (August 2014-May 2016)
  • Whitten Middle School, 210 Daniel Lake Boulevard, (601) 371-4309
    • Art Instructor (August 2013-May 2014)
  • Lanier High School, 833 West Maple Street (601) 960-5369
    • Art Instructor (August 2012-May 2013)
  • Wingfield High School, 21st Century Summer Program, 1985 Scanlon Drive
    • Art Instructor (July 2012)
  • Powell Middle School, 3655 Livingston Road, (601) 987-3580
    • Art Instructor (August 2005-2010)
  • Bailey Magnet High School, 1900 North State Street (601) 960-5343
    • Art Instructor (August 2004-May 2005)
  • Lanier High School, 833 West Maple Street, (601) 960-5369
    • Art Instructor (August 2003-May 2004)
    • Siwell Middle School, 1983 North Siwell Road (601) 923-2550
    • Art Instructor (August 2002-May 2003)

Artist in Residence

Mississippi Area Schools and Museums

  • Rowan Middle School, Ask For More Arts Artist in Residence, Parents for Public Schools,
    • Artist In Residence (2014)
  • Puckett Attendance Center, 6383 Hwy 18, Puckett, MS, Tom Harmon, Director (601) 825-5742
    • Artist In Residence (July 2012-2013)
  • Northwest Rankin Elementary School, 104 Shenandoah Estates Cl., Brandon, MS, Tom Harmon, Director (601) 992-0952
    • Very Special Artist (VSA) Visiting Artist in Residence (March 2013-April 2013)
  • Mississippi Children’s Museum, Jackson, MS

Artist In Residence (July 2012)


  • Robert Johnson Blues Foundation Board Member (2018)
  • International Society for Technology in Education (2017)
  • Teaching Art As A Home-based Business Group (2017)
  • National Art Education Association (2016-Present)
  • Artist Roster, Mississippi Art Commission (2011-2016)
  • VSA Art Bud, Mississippi Arts Center, Jackson, MS (2009–2012)
    • Mentor for students with special needs
  • Jackson Arts Collective, Jackson, MS (2006-2009)
    • Steering Committee Member/Moderator
  • Jackson Metro Area Alumni Chapter Pan Hellenic Council
    • Member (2005 to 2008), Vice President (2005)
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, Jackson, MS
    • Member Rho Xi Lambda Chapter, Canton, MS (2005-Present)
  • Vicksburg Art Association, Vicksburg, MS (2002-2003)


  • Ignite The Night Ball 2014, Live Visual Artist, Mississippi Children’s Museum, Jackson, MS (February 12, 2014)
  • Creativity, Community and Conversation Project, Mississippi Museum of Art (MMoA) (2013)
    • Lead artist/painter of community art project for installation model of Farish Street, located in the Art Garden of MMoA
  • Synergy Nights: Live Visual Art, Spoken Word, and Music, Live In House Visual Artist, (Every second Saturday in each month), Mediterranean Fish and Grill, 6550 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland MS, (2013)
  • True Colors Art Exhibition: George Miles & Tony Davenport, Johnson Hall, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS (September 26, 2013)
  • Side Walk Soirée: A Ten Year Retrospect of Artist, Tony Davenport, (Gallery One, at One University Place, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS (September 3, 2012)
  • After Hours II–The Art of Tony Davenport, CIRCA Artisan Living, Jackson, MS, (August 4, 2011)
  • James Bond Invitational, Mississippi Arts Center, Jackson, MS (2008)
  • Greater Jackson Art Council ‘s Story Tellers Ball Invitational, Mississippi Arts Center, Jackson, MS (Annual participant July 2008-Present)
  • Jackson Arts Collective Annual Fall Showcase, The Commons at Eudora Welty’s, Jackson, MS (Annually each October 2008-Present)
  • Mississippi Hearts Against AIDS, Hal & Mals, Jackson, MS (February 2003-Present)
  • Arts, Beats & Lyrics Sponsored by Gentleman Jack, The South, Jackson, MS (July 20, 2010)
  • Arts, Beats & Lyrics, Sponsored by Gentleman Jack, Jackson Convention Center, Jackson, MS (July 25, 2008)
  • After Hours One-Man Art Exhibit, Artichoke Gallery, Jackson, MS (March 20, 2008)
  • The Antidote Art & Music Exhibition, Smith Robinson Museum, Jackson, MS, (October 12, 2007)
  • Trapped Flower Art Exhibition, Smith Robinson Museum, Jackson, MS (December 10, 2005)
  • Liberation Art Exhibit, Jackson Municipal Art Gallery, Jackson, MS (November 12, 2005)
  • Liberation Art Exhibit, Mississippi Valley State University Art Gallery, Itta Bena, MS (May 14, 2005)
  • Robert Johnson Blues Foundation Museum Opening, Crystal Springs, MS, (Unveiling May 10, 2006)
    • Commissioned to paint large-scale (36 x 48’) murals of Robert Lockwood. Robert Johnson and David “Honeyboy” Edwards
  • Home is Where the Heart is Theme Show, The Attic Gallery, Vicksburg, MS (February 20, 2005)
  • The Arrival, One-Man Solo Exhibit, The Warren County, Vicksburg Public Library Conference Room, Vicksburg, MS (May 24, 2003)

Magazines Illustrated and Published

  • The 2010 Jackson Free Press Chick Ball Issue, Cover Illustration, Volume 8, No. 45 July 22-28 2010
  • 10TH Annual Best of Jackson Issue
    • Cover Illustration, Volume 10, No. 20, January 25-31 2012
  • 10TH Annual Blues Festival Guide Magazine,
    • Blues Festival Guide Cover Art illustration (2012)
  • Blues Festival
    • RBA Publishing, P.O. Box 50635, Reno, Nevada 89513