Davin Ebanks is a sculptor whose current work primarily utilizes the medium of glass to explore his personal and cultural history. Born on Grand Cayman in 1975, the artist spent many of his formative years on the water learning the lore of seafaring heritage from his grandfather. A gifted painter and draftsman, Davin discovered glass while pursuing his B.A. with a concentration in Graphic Design, which he received in 1998 from Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. Since then most of his work has included components of glass in their compositions while still embracing whatever materials and disciplines fit the work at hand.
After graduation he embraced any venue to continue exploring his favorite medium while still working in more traditional materials like wood and steel and paint. In 2010 he received his M.F.A. from Kent State University in Ohio with a concentration in glass sculpture.
His work has been displayed at the Glass Art Society’s Annual Conference, the National Biennial Exhibition: Fine Contemporary Craft and at a recent invitational show highlighting contemporary glass—21st Century Glass—to name a few among many exhibits. He has been the recipient of the McCoy Prize—a national award from the Cayman Islands for excellence in the arts and both his paintings and glass sculptures are represented in the permanent collection of the Cayman Islands National Museum and the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands.
Davin has been Artist in Residence and Hot Shop Manager at Jacksonville University and has taught at Urban Glass in New York. He was a Lecturer at Kent State University’s Glass Department for two years, an Artist in Residence at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana, USA and until recently taught glassworking at Salisbury University in Maryland, USA.
Davin was recently named a recipient of the 2016 Silver Heritage Star by the Cayman National Cultural Foundation for contributions to creativity in the Arts and ten years “consistent and active, quality engagement in the preservation and celebration of Caymanian cultural heritage”. His work examines the relationship between identity and environment and in 2010 was curated into a solo exhibit Blue Meridian at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands. One of Davin’s most recent projects was the installation of a large scale permanent sculpture, Adjacent, which marks the entrance to the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands. He is currently a Assistant Professor (Head) of the Glass Program at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, USA.