Davis Receives 1999 Johnson Arts Scholarship

Posted: November 29, 1999 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Donna Davis, a senior art studio major with a 3.9 GPA, has been named the recipient of the 1999 Joanne Johnson Scholarship in the Arts. The scholarship is designed to honor a student who has made activity in the arts an integral part of his or her academic career, has a record of exemplary overall academic performance, and has shown evidence of good citizenship in the university community.

Art history professors Ellen Todd and Carol Mattusch nominated Davis, writing that “her thorough engagement with the arts, her extraordinarily high level of performance–both written and spoken, and her thoughtful introduction of new ideas in class discussions distinguish her as a truly exceptional student.” Davis is a volunteer with the Commission of the Arts and is an active member of the B.F.A. program. In addition to her work in the arts, Davis is a disaster relief volunteer for the American Red Cross and has done work in Guam, North Dakota, and West Virginia.

The scholarship is named for Joanne Johnson, wife of former George Mason University president George Johnson, and long-time advocate of the arts at George Mason and in Northern Virginia. This scholarship in honor of her commitment to the arts was established by a gift from J. Wade Gilley, former senior vice president at George Mason.

The selection committee included Richard Klimoski, Psychology and College of Arts and Sciences; Kristin Johnsen-Neshati, Institute of the Arts; Lisa Bekey Turnbill, Art History ’99 alumna and 1998 recipient of the scholarship; and Larry Butler, History and Art History.

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