Art Visionary Award Honoree
Artist, Athlete, Philanthropist
Founder, Vernon Davis Foundation for the Arts
Vernon Davis joined the NFL as a tight end for the San Francisco 49ers in 2006. He was drafted from the University of Maryland where he played football and
majored in Studio Art. Throughout his celebrated football career, Davis maintained his connection to fine art as an avid painter, art collector and philanthropist. In 2010 he funded the Vernon Davis Visual Arts Scholarship Fund and, later, the Vernon Davis Foundation for the Arts to promote arts education and art appreciation among youth from disadvantaged backgrounds. The foundation provides scholarships to dedicated art students and grants to nonprofits whose programs share similar ideals.
“Growing up in my community in Washington, D.C., it was tough to pursue your dreams, and the dream in my heart was always to pursue the arts,” Davis said. “I want to help young people find new ways to express themselves, to lift their spirits and fulfill their dreams through an arts education.”
Listen to Vernon's story about why art matters.
The Art in Action Art Visionary Award is given annually to a person or organization that exemplifies, supports, and promotes the important role that art and artists play in society and our everyday lives.