2018 AIPAD Award
The AIPAD Award was established in 2017 to honor and recognize visionaries who have spent their lives at the forefront of the field of photography. The 2018 Award was presented to Keith F. Davis during the vernissage.
Keith F. Davis
Keith F. Davis is Senior Curator of Photography, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and an advisor to the Hall Family Foundation.
As Curator of the Hallmark Fine Art Collections, he dramatically expanded the Hallmark Art Collection and the Hallmark Photographic Collection, and curated over seventy exhibitions for shows seen in leading museums across the U.S., and in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain, France, Spain, and Switzerland.
He became the founding curator of photography at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in January 2006, following the gift of the Hallmark Photographic Collection to the museum. The Nelson-Atkins now has one of the nation’s most active photography programs, with gallery space dedicated to the medium and a regular series of historical rotations, thematic and monographic exhibitions, publications, and related educational programming. The museum’s photography collection now includes over 14,000 works.
Davis’s various awards include a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities and he was included in James Stourton’s definitive study, Great Collectors of Our Time: Art Collecting Since 1945. He is the author of more than thirty books and catalogues, as well as numerous essays, and continues to lecture widely on various aspects of 19th and 20th century photography.