The Vernon Davis Foundation for the Arts was created by artist, athlete, and philanthropist Vernon Davis to promote art education and art appreciation among youth from disadvantaged backgrounds. We fulfill our mission by providing scholarships to dedicated art students and grants to deserving nonprofit programs who share in our ideals.
The Vernon Davis Foundation for the Arts envisions communities where the arts are vital to social development and represent a positive alternative for youth dealing with stress and peer pressure. Through the arts, youth can find new ways to express themselves, to lift their spirits and fulfill their dreams.
Gallery 85 is an extension of the Vernon Davis Foundation for the Arts. The beautiful gallery setting presents ongoing thematic exhibitions that encourage interdependence and self-expression. The exhibition programs engage an all-age audience to utilize the Arts as a medium to help further investigation in the field of science, math, culture and athletics. Artworks by contemporary artists displayed open the dialog for different perspective as well as independent thinking. Often having to collaborate on a thematic exhibition allows artists, musicians and writers to exhibit their personal experiences and outward aspirations. Gallery 85 has become a springboard for artworks that open this unique collaboration and in depth presentation.
The ongoing exhibitions at Gallery 85 showcase curatorial ideas that allow the individual to present their work in a public sphere. Gallery attendees will be experiencing conceptual ideas of engagement that embraces self-expression and creative empowerment. The installations of contemporary art sculptures, paintings and music echoes the Foundation in their approach to introduce Art as a positive element and fulfilling endeavor.