David Dixon received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Tennessee with a focus in Communication Design and Illustration. Prior to joining the ETSU Art & Design faculty in 1989, David worked as an artist/illustrator for Philips and art director and graphic designer for an Atlanta advertising agency.


His freelance designs and illustrations have appeared on book covers and in magazines, and his digital computer art, airbrush paintings, and drawings have been exhibited internationally, appearing in venues such as the National Computer Art Invitational Exhibition at Eastern Washington University and the Red Clay Survey at the Huntsville Museum of Art.


He has received awards for his art and design and has received grants for creative research and instructional development. His research of design and education in virtual worlds was presented at the FATE (Foundations in Art: Theory and Education) conference in Portland and at the UCDA (University and College Design Association) Design Education Summit in Mobile.


David received the ETSU College of Arts & Sciences Teaching Award for 2008-2009 and other awards include an Award of Excellence from the Colored Pencil Society of America and a Gold award in the 25th Annual Educational Advertising Awards competition.

Currently a professor of art at East Tennessee State University, David teaches a variety of courses including Graphic Design, Illustration, Packaging Design, and Typography. He is a member of the Master of Fine Arts graduate faculty for the Department of Art & Design and the Master of Arts in New Media program.


David's other interests include whitewater canoeing, martial arts, and t'ai chi.