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Football Star Vernon Davis and his Love of Art

Vernon Davis is a team captain and Pro Bowl tight end for the San Francisco 49ers football team. When you see this 6 ft 3 in, 250 lb athlete on the field, the last thing you would probably imagine is him sitting quietly behind an easel with a paint brush in his hand. But, that’s exactly where you will find him on many of his off days.

Vernon Davis was an art studio major at the University of Maryland. He says that he was always creative as a child, but his real love of art began when he was a sophomore in college. He has been involved with the NFL’s “Smocks and Jocks” program, contributing original artworks to their annual fundraiser.

On May 13, 2010, Vernon Davis will be the inaugural speaker at Art Impact at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Sponsored by the San Francisco Arts Commission and the San Francisco Unified School District, Art Impact is a new speaker series featuring high profile personalities whose lives have been impacted by the arts. In honor of this event, the San Francisco Unified School District and the San Francisco Arts Commission established the Vernon Davis Visual Arts Scholarship, an annual award which will provide tuition support to a graduating San Francisco high school senior interested in pursuing a career in the visual arts at the college and university level. The talk is free but registration is required to guarantee a space. Following the talk, there will be a cocktail party at Morton’s Steakhouse. Tickets to the cocktail party are $125, with proceeds benefiting the Vernon Davis Visual Arts Scholarship Fund. To register and purchase tickets visit

In the video below, Davis Talks about his love of art.

***Update, 12/18/2012: Vernon Davis opens his own art gallery.

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