VAPA chair featured in Canvas Rebel Magazine

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Grambling State University’s Rodercas Davis, head of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, was the subject of a profile feature earlier this month by Canvas Rebel Magazine (

The feature discusses Davis’ path to becoming head of Grambling’s VAPA department, including writing he’s done as a former columnist for the Athens Banner-Herald and Code Z Online: Black Visual Culture.

Davis also talked about things he wished he would have known earlier in his creative journey as well as the rewards he’s earned by being a creative force.

“I feel great about the article,” Davis said. “The response to the interview has been beyond favorable. Generally speaking, it was illuminating for those unfamiliar with the minutiae of my studio practice. “

“The questions helped to drill down on topics that a lot of artists need to discuss more often. I was recommended by VAPA alumna Landis Anderson, who helps to run Visionary Arts Grind in Houston, Texas. It’s wonderful when students become your colleagues and demonstrate their understanding and appreciation for the importance of continued professional development.”

Davis also feels the article could be a recruiting tool to help better GSU’s VAPA department.

“The amount of exposure that a platform such as Canvas Rebel, or even an exhibition can provide, is hard to quantify,” Davis said. “But we know that we reach people that we may not come across in our traditional recruiting efforts. And it’s terribly important for Visual and Performing Arts to model the behavior that we want young creatives to embody by sharing our exhibitions, performances, and lectures, etc. That way, current and potential students can see what is possible.”

The Canvas Rebel article on Davis can be found at