I am interested in paintings as contemplative spaces. For many years, like many people with complicated lives, my painting moments have been wedged between work, family and civic life. The scale and the content of these paintings provide effective opportunities for this practice.
These work originated through gestural line drawings, which refer to forms and fields of energy. In relation to these origins, materials, fields, figures, color, gesture, and surface, along with life’s conditions, reinforce and subvert those original drawings. These interactions converse with and mimic other kinds of thought. Hopefully, these images animate space, attract viewers attention, and hold their attention long enough to resonate with their own thoughts about everyday events, as well as truth, beauty and goodness.
John Howell White is Professor of Art Education in the Department of Art Education and Crafts at Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. He has an M.F.A. from Pratt Institute and a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of Experience Painting, a textbook for secondary art students. In 2012 he was named the National Higher Education Art Educator of the Year and in 2009 the Pennsylvania Higher Education Art Educator of the Year. He has conducted research and published extensively about the history and philosophy of art education. He has served as Chair of the National Art Education Association’s Research Commission, the Department of Art Education and Crafts at Kutztown University, the Council for Policy Studies in Art Education, and as Director of the Higher Education Division of the National Art Education Association.
1994 Penn State, University Park, PA PhD, Art Education
1975 Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY MFA, Painting
1972 University of Colorado, Boulder, CO BA, Fine Art
White, J. (2014), Accounts about before from now: Historical research methods, In M, Buffington & S, McKay (Eds.) Practice Theory: The power of teacher researchers, Reston: VA: NAEA
White, J. (2004), A history of Art Education: 1920-2002, In E, Eisner & M, Day (2004), Handbook of research and policy in the field of art education, Reston, VA: NAEA
White, J. (2001), The ethnic aesthetics of Pedro deLemos: Editor, The School Arts Magazine (1919-1950), In D, Blandy, P, Bolin & K, Congdon (Eds.), Histories of Community-based Art Education, Reston: NAEA Publications
White, J. (1997), Intersection: School Arts magazine and Native American culture, In P, Bolin & A, Anderson (Eds.), History of Art Education (pp, 95-104), The Pennsylvania State University
Stewart, M., Congdon, K, and White, J. Mapping Identity for Curriculum, In Y, Gaudelius, & P, Speirs (Eds.) Contemporary Issues in Art Education, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall
White, J. (2014), Navigating the research / practice divide, Visual Inquiry: Learning and Teaching Art, 2014, 3(10) 249-261
White, J., Garoian, C., & Garber, E, (2010), Speaking in tongues: The uncommon ground of arts-based research, Studies in Art Education: A Journal of Issues and Research 2010, 51(2), 134-146
White, J. (2006), [Review of Performing pedagogy: Toward an art of politics], Studies in Art Education, 48 (1) 113-118
White, J. (2004), The preservation of handicrafts in the Southern Highlands: Northern philanthropy and social idealists, Visual Arts Research, 29(2), 44-52
White, J. (2001), Imaging (Native) America: Pedro deLemos and the expansion of art education (1919 - 1940), Studies in Art Education, 42(4), 298-317
White, J. (1998, November), Inspecting Magic Words, Art Education, 51(6), 12-21
White, J. & Congdon, K. (1998, May), Travel, Boundaries, and the Movement of Culture(s): Explanations for the Folk/Fine Art Quandary, Art Education, 51(3), 20-42
White, J. (1998), Pragmatism and art: Tools for change, Studies in Art Education, 39(3), 215-229.
White, J. (1984), Pittsburgh now: 8 artists, New Art Examiner, 15, 56-57
White, J. (1984), Continuing the American folk art tradition, Dialogue
White, J. (1984), Bronze Sampler, Dialogue, 21
White, J. (1984, September), Stamps of approval: Pittsburgh curators, Dialogue, 7-9
National Steel Corporation Oxford Development Corporation Pittsburgh National Bank Westinghouse Credit Corporation Coordinated Financial Services
Council for Policy Studies in Art Education APSCUF National Art Education Association
1991-2017 Professor, Art Education, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA
2002-2017 Chair, Department of Art Education & Crafts, KU