David Quick is a Wichita artist born in 1945. Quick matured as an artist while working and writing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for a 24 year period from 1967 to 1991, where he also taught in Quaker schools and was an artist in residency at the University of Pennsylvania for a year and a half.
Racing for the Bike Tech Racing Team in his thirties led Quick to an official position as photographer for the U.S. Professional Bicycle Racing Organization, where he earned the nickname “The Deer Hunter” through his reputation of capturing great racing photographs in only one shot, as opposed to taking numerous shots to achieve the one desired.
Quick has taught several courses at the University of Pennsylvania and Wichita State University, including American Modernism, The Harlem Renaissance, History of Photography, Darkroom Practices, and Beat Culture Studies.
His longstanding involvement with the local Wichita community can be traced back to 1965, when he helped to integrate the first Boy Scout troop in Wichita. His association with Gordon Parks and family allowed him to help document the famous artist’s re-introduction to his home state. He also served on Artist Equity Associations’s National Ethics Committee for two years and helped lobby congress to improve artist’s working conditions.
Ongoing positive outreach includes his support and promotion of several organizations, including The Tallgrass Film Festival, ICT Army of Artists, La Casa de la Semilla, and The North End Urban Arts Festival recognizing the segregated heritage that still somewhat exists in Wichita. He has written about and photographed local gay pride events and contributed AIDS education articles and photos for The Gayly regional newspaper out of Oklahoma City. He annually documents the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Wichita.
During the summer of 2016, The Fiber Studio & Gallery of Wichita exhibited many of Quick’s works in a show titled “A Sixty Year Art Sampler.” The following is a link to a review of the exhibition which includes images of artwork and gallery views:
In the late 1960s, David Quick took an epic trip with a friend through 38 states in a Volkswagen beetle to canyons and various special spots, staying with strangers, friends, musicians, artists, and in communes along the way, making meals over fires and the hot engine of their VW. Quick carried a portable typewriter with him on the adventure, documenting different aspects of it with illuminated poetry, such as the examples below.
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Watch a short film interview with artist David Quick, who speaks about his life and work:
https://video.washburn.edu/Watch/Aq47XkEz (full version)