Jane Davis Doggett
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Jupiter Island artist inducted into the Florida Hall of Fame

BY KATIE DEITS
Special to Florida Weekly

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner and Jane Davis Doggett

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner presented the Florida Artists Hall of Fame award to Jane Davis Doggett at the Convening Culture Conference on February 3. COURTESY PHOTO You might not know her name, but if you've ever been to an airport, she has helped you find your way. And for her artistry, Jupiter Island resident Jane Davis Doggett was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame at the state's Convening Culture conference at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 3.

Ms. Doggett, who accepted the award from Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner and Sandy Schaughnessy (Director of the Division of Cultural Affairs), also was honored by a group of more than 30 people from Jupiter Island and the Arts Council of Martin County.

"My innovations were expressing the special identity of the airport as a gateway to an area, culturally and geographically," Ms. Doggett told the audience. "I created a system of directionals with color- and letter-coding to index information, building signage into, as part of, the architecture and environment, and giving signs dimensional art form in complement to the architecture." Jane Davis Doggett's designs guide visitors at such airports as Tampa International. COURTESY PHOTO An internationally acclaimed graphic artist, she trained at the Yale School of Art and Architecture during its modernist heyday and was a student of colortheory icon Josef Albers in his "Interaction of Color" class. She has used many of his principles of color perception in her work. "When I graduated from Yale, as luck would have it, the passenger prop plane turned into a jet," Ms. Doggett said. "With it came the demand for the old, worn-out airports to catch up with the new jet technology — faster in speed, larger in passenger capacity, and sleek in modern and sophisticated design."

Ms. Schaughnessy said that Ms. Doggett "was a pioneer in the field of environmental graphic design."

When she moved to Florida in the 1970s, Ms. Doggett was commissioned to design graphics and way finding systems for major airports including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Jacksonville. Her designs for the Tampa Airport were recognized in awards from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

"Her pioneering vision in graphic design and signage created clear, efficient and safe direction routings in major U.S. facilities, such as Madison Square Garden, Pennsylvania Station, Los Angeles Metro and the National Zoo in Washington, plus, 40 airport projects, more than any other designer in the world. Twenty million airport passengers a year are guided by her graphics and way finding," Ms. Schaughnessy said.

Doggett's color-coded system at
Tampa International Airport

Tampa Airport continues to use Ms. Doggett's color-zoning system and the 40-year logo, which is still branding the airport. "We made the new Tampa Airport the gateway to Florida. I used color in signage that expressed Florida; a red that had some orange in it; a blue that had some ocean emerald in it," the artist said.

"I was an early champion of bringing art into the airport, and the Tampa Airport was open to art. It still is bringing outstanding artists, commissioned to create murals and feature sculpture in the new expansion."

Secretary Detzner said the Florida Artists Hall of Fame was established in 1986 and recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the arts in Florida. He presented a custom-designed bronze sculpture award by Enzo Torricelli to Ms. Doggett.

"From fine arts to the folk arts, Florida is rich in cultural opportunities that can appeal to a diverse people from all walks of life, from all over the world. Promoting the Sunshine State through arts and culture directly relates to the cultural heritage of the tourism sector," Secretary Detzner said. "More than 100 million visitors came to Florida in 2015, and more than half of them participated in a cultural or historic activity. The important impact for the arts both culturally and economically, cannot be stressed enough. That is why it is important that we recognize the artists whose life's work has made an invaluable contribution to our state and our citizens."

Ms. Doggett's artwork has been exhibited nationwide in museums and art centers, including many locations in Florida, such as the Armory Art Center, Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, Society of the Four Arts and the Elliott Museum.

She is active in the artistic and civic life of her community and was a founding board member of the Arts Council of Martin County and co-founder of the Jupiter Island Arts Council. Ms. Doggett was nominated for the award by Nancy Turrell, executive director of the Arts Council of Martin County.

The Florida Artists Hall of Fame currently consists of more than 50 inductees, including musician and performer Ray Charles, actor and director Burt Reynolds, writers Zora Neale Hurston, Tennessee Williams and Ernest Hemingway, filmmaker Victor Nunez, and visual artists Duane Hanson, Bruce Helander, Robert Rauschenberg and James Rosenquist. Miami artist Romero Britto was also inducted into the Florida Hall of Fame this year.

Also an author, Ms. Doggett's book, "Talking Graphics," has received international acclaim for its ability to break language barriers. It contains geometric designs and symbols expressing philosophic and profound messages from various cultures. For more information on Jane Davis Doggett, visit jddinc.com.

"Induction into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed upon artists by the State of Florida," said Secretary Detzner. "Jane Davis Doggett has brought tremendous distinction to our state through her career and tireless devotion to her craft. She has raised the creative bar for artistic contributions that will endure, not only because of the work's value to the people of Florida, but because of the multitudes touched by her creations."