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John A. Davidson, Edit Profile

also known as Jan Davidson

artist , business executive

John A. Davidson,, business executive, artist. Recipient Excellence in Playwriting award Charlotte Writers Club, 1981, Grassroots Drama award Grassroots Productions, 1980; Boston University scholar, 1989-1992, St. Andrews scholar St. Andrews Society, 1972.


Davidson,, John A. was born on January 11, 1948 in Murphy, North Carolina, United States. Son of John Allen and Kathleen (Axley) Davidson.


Bachelor, University North Carolina, 1970. Master of Arts, University North Carolina, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy, Boston University, 1992.


Actor, musician Diamond Studs, New York City, 1974-1975. Museum director Appalachia Sounding, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1976. Aide Sen. Robert Morgan, Washington, 1976-1977.

Artist-in-residence North Carolina Arts Council, Raleigh, 1979-1984. Curator Mtn. Heritage Center, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, 1984-1992. Executive director John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, North Carolina, since 1992.

Cultural representative North Carolina Governor's Trade Mission to Sweden, United Kingdom, Germany, 1997. Folklorist International Arts Programming, Brazil, 1995.


The teaching of the Bible is a key in understanding the way by which a person obtains salvation.


The use of force may be supported in extreme situations and when the need to do so is beyond reasonable doubt.


Every individual should try to be open to others and willing to be changed. Therefore, community members should meet regularly in order to open their hearts, share their knowledge, thoughts and experience.


Board directors, folklife chair North Carolina Arts Council, Raleigh, since 1992. Guest curator exhibition Smithsonian Institution, 1988. Board directors Cherokee County Chamber, Murphy, 1992-2000.

Board directors chair building committee Governor's Residence Board, Raleigh, 1993-1999. President Cherokee County Community Foundation, Murphy, since 1994. Member Southern Arts Federation (board directors, program chair 1992-1998, Distinguished Graduate Alumnus).


  • Other Interests

    Fiddle, cooking, photography, gardening, architecture.


Married Nanette Buchen, August 27, 1983. Children: John Neil, Chloe Anne, Samuel Ballard.

John Allen Davidson,

Kathleen (Axley) Davidson,

Nanette Buchen

John Neil Davidson,

Chloe Anne Davidson,

Samuel Ballard Davidson,