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Tommy White



       Tommy White, born in Detroit, received his M.F.A. from Clemson University in the discipline of painting and a B.A. from Michigan State University in ceramics.  His work is included in many private collections as well as the permanent collections of the Mobile Museum of Art in Alabama, Crayola LCC, and the Capital One Corporation.  He has exhibited in twenty-four states, the District of Columbia, Melbourne, Australia, and Seoul, South Korea.  Prior to moving to Denver, Colorado in 2014, Tommy chaired the painting department at the Cleveland Institute of Art, taught painting and drawing at the University of Oklahoma and served as an educator and administrator at Virginia Commonwealth University.  He maintains a professional working studio in Parker, Colorado. 


M.F.A.,1993  Painting, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina

B.A.,1989  Ceramics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan


Teaching Experience

2017 - Present

Arapahoe Community College, Adjunct Professor, Art and Design

      Courses Taught:

      Art Appreciation

      Drawing I


2015 - 2016

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Adjunct Professor, Foundations

      Courses Taught:

      Drawing I

      2-D Design

      Topics in Color + Space


2010 - 2014

Cleveland Institute of Art, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Painting Department Chair

  1. Courses Taught:

  2. Material Color (freshman requirement)

  3. Foundation Drawing: The Figure (freshman requirement)

  4. Image and Form (freshman elective)

  5. 2-D Design (freshmen requirement)

  6. Introduction to Painting (sophomore painting requirement)

  7. Painting Beyond Observation (sophomore painting requirement)

  8. The Medium is the Message: Color and Form (junior/senior painting elective)

  9. Figure Drawing (junior/senior elective)

  10. Image and Form - Visual Literacy (visual arts and technology - sophomore requirement)     

  11. Aesthetics, Style, and Content (visual arts and technology - junior requirement) 

  12. Artist as Producer (visual arts and technology - senior requirement)


2007 - 2010

University of Oklahoma, Assistant Professor, Painting

  1. Courses Taught:

  2. Beginning Painting (sophomore painting major requirement)

  3. Intermediate Painting (junior painting major requirement)

  4. Advanced Painting (senior painting major requirement)

  5. Intermediate Drawing (junior/senior elective)

  6. Advanced Drawing (junior/senior elective)

  7. Graduate Painting


1998 - 2007

Virginia Commonwealth University, Assistant Professor (collateral), Adjunct Faculty

  1. Courses Taught:

  2. Foundation Studio (freshman requirement)

  3. 2-D Design Methods (freshman requirement)

  4. Perspective & Rendering (freshman requirement)

  5. Figure Drawing II (freshman elective)

  6. Abstraction & Expressionism Through Drawing (freshman elective)

  7. Drawing for Animation (kinetic imaging elective)

  8. Honors Critique (freshman elective for honors students)

  9. Independent Study for Ceramics (senior)

  10. Independent Study for Film (sophomore)

  11. Graduate Painting (interdisciplinary studies elective)

  12. Introduction to the Arts (freshman requirement)

  13. Design Fundamentals (freshman requirement)
    Color Theory (freshman requirement)
    Conceptualization and Presentation (freshman requirement)
    Drawing Studio (freshman requirement)


1997 – 1999

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Adjunct Faculty

  1. Courses Taught:

  2. Fundamentals of Design

  3. Color Theory

  4. Basic and Intermediate Drawing

1996 – 1998

Averett University, Central VA Campus, Adjunct Faculty

  1. Courses Taught:

  2. Art History

  3. Visual Arts Survey

1991 – 1993

Clemson University, Graduate Assistant

  1. Courses Taught:

  2. Assisted with teaching History of Art and Architecture for Non-Majors

  3. Assisted with teaching Beginning Painting
    Assisted with teaching Intermediate Painting

  4. Instructor of Record for Intermediate and Advanced Drawing


Presentations and Lectures


Visiting Artist, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Artist Lecture, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Visiting Artist, West Virginia State University, Charleston, WV



Visiting Artist, Baker University

Baldwin City, Kansas



Guest Lecturer and Juror’s Presentation, Indiana University of Pennsylvania,

Indiana, Pennsylvania



Speaker/Panelist,  Drawing Muchness - Combat Drawing

Southeastern College Art Conference, Savannah, Georgia



Visiting Artist, Amarillo College, Amarillo, Texas

Artist Lecture, Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, Texas



Session Chair/Panelist, Maybe your students don’t want to be like you -

Cerebral Orchards, Southeastern College Art Conference, Mobile, Alabama



Guest Lecturer

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia



Speaker/Panelist, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE)

Open Session, College Art Association National Conference,

New York, New York 



Contributor, THINKTANK Symposium (FATE sponsored)

Chicago, Illinois


Workshops Attended


Portrait Painting with Marvin Mattelson

Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio



Advanced Painting Studio with Peter Halley

Anderson Ranch Arts center, Snowmass, Colorado


Curator/Juror Activities


Juror, High School Painting, Douglas County Scholastic Art Competition

Highlands Ranch, Colorado



Juror, 2D3D A National Art + Design Contest

Cleveland, Ohio


Juror, Juried Student Exhibition, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Indiana, Pennsylvania



Juror, High School Drawing, Northeast Ohio Scholastic Art Competition

Cleveland, Ohio


Juror, 2D3D A National Art + Design Contest

Cleveland, Ohio



Juror, Medina Art in the Park

Medina, Ohio



Juror, High School Painting, Northeast Ohio Scholastic Art Competition

Cleveland, Ohio



Juror, Carytown Artwalk

Richmond Public Schools, Richmond, Virginia



Juror, June Competition

Petersburg Regional Art Center, Petersburg, Virginia


Juror, Inaugural Student Exhibition

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Richmond, Virginia



Curator, Associate Artists Members Exhibition – Off Center

1708 Gallery, Richmond, Virginia


Professional Organizations/Affiliations

1996 – Present

College Art Association (CAA), Member


2011 - 2014

Art Spot, Exhibitions Coordinator

Cleveland Institute of Art Connection


2006 - 2014

Foundations in Art: Theory & Education (FATE), Member


2006 - 2014

Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), Member


2008 - 2012

Mid America College Art Association (MACAA), Officer

Vice-Conference Chair


2005 – 2006, 2013 - Present

National Council of Art Administrators (NCAA), Member


2000 – 2006

1708 Gallery, Non-Profit Contemporary Art Space, Artist Member, Member of Board of Directors and Exhibition Committee, Richmond, Virginia



1996 – 2007

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Member

Richmond, Virginia