Judi Davis has had the wonderful opportunity of being able to combine her love of teaching and passion for photography into a career that has spanned over 40 years. While working as teacher and school counselor in the Portland Public Schools, she set-up darkrooms in two middle schools where she offered classes in Photography & Journalism. Her work has been shown in juried shows, including Da Vinci & Buckman Schools Art Shows, Multnomah Art Center, and with the Geezer Gallery at the Artist Repertory Theater. She has also shown her work in solo exhibits at Jade, Blue Kangaroo and Nancy’s Kitchen. Wanting to share her love and memories, as a native Portlander, she authored and photographed a successful book, “Around Portland with Kids”. This project also inspired her to develop the card deck, “GoPlayFamilies”. Shortly after retiring from teaching, Judi was asked to develop and teach a photo class to students in Honduras. She returned for two more years. This experience provided her motivation for creating PhotoCamp PDX. This week long camp, offered twice a year, provides students the opportunity to compose and capture images, and provides students a rich voice to share their passions, dreams and joys.


Teacher and School Counselor Portland Public Schools, 1987­ - 2003
Electives: photography, communications, newspaper, video and drama ­middle school
School Counselor: elementary and middle school
Resource Room: elementary and middle school
Social Emotional/Behavioral: middle school

Co­Taught, “Survey of the Exceptional Learner” Portland State University ­ Summer 2005
Supervision of Students in Graduate Program, Special Education. Portland State University ­ 2004
Teacher, Cedar Hills Psychiatric Hospital, 1986­ - 1987 14 ­ 18 yrs.
Teacher, Sp. Ed. Beaverton School District, 1973­ - 1977 pre K ­ 12


Creator ­Teacher, PhotoCamp PDX 2006-present

Week long photo camp for students ages 8 ­ 14 yrs.

Photographer and Author of Around Portland with Kids”
Creator and Photographer, “GoPlayFamilies” card deck

Professional Photographer , Oregon Magazine, Portland Family Calendar, Willamette Week, This Week Magazine, Downtowner and Lake Oswego Review

Co­Chair and Member of Left Coast Artist Collective (LCAC) 2010­ -resent
Board and Committee Member, Bridge Meadows, 2011­ - Present
Portland Art Museum - Docent 2016 - present


Multnomah Arts Center  2011  2012   2014  2015           Juried

Geezer Gallery-Artists Repertory Theater    2013            Group
Sellwood Community Center    2012   2014                     Juried
Da Vinci School Art Show        2008   2009                     Juried
Buckman School Art Show       2009   2010                     Juried
Blue Kangaroo                           2010 - 2016                    Solo
Barbes Salon                              2016                                Solo
Jade Restaurant                          2009                                Solo


Counseling/Psych Degree, Lewis and Clark, 1993
Masters Ed., Portland State University, 1972

BS. Education and Art, University of Oregon, 1967

judi davis

1523 SE Spokane St. Portland, Or. 97202
971.645.2828 davisja1@comcast.net