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 art director and graphic designer for an Atlanta advertising agency, and as designer and illustrator for North American Philips Consumer Electronics Corporation. 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 across the country 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 drawings and graphic design and grants for creative research and instructional development. His current 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. Recent 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.