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TJC professor named finalist for Hunting Art Prize

Published Wednesday, 22nd February 2012

TJC professor named finalist for Hunting Art Prize

Tyler Junior College art professor Derrick White is one of 109 Texas artists selected as finalists for the 2012 Hunting Art Prize.

Open to established, emerging and amateur artists throughout Texas, the Hunting Art Prize is historically the most generous annual award in North America for painting and drawing. Hunting PLC moved the Hunting Art Prize to Houston in 2006 after a quarter century in the United Kingdom, where it emerged as one of Great Britain’s top art awards.

Chosen by three respected members of the national arts community, members of the jury select the finalists and winner of the $50,000 prize through a two-tiered process.

Jurors include Eric Crosby, curatorial assistant of visual arts at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minn.; Julien Robson, curator of contemporary art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia; and Claire Schneider, independent curator based in Scottsdale, Ariz., and former senior curator of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

The winner will be announced at the Hunting Art Prize gala April 28 in Houston.

White is a professional artist and has been a TJC art professor since 2001. His artwork is fun, energetic and vivid in appearance; and his methods involve a collaboration of spontaneity and determined design.

"I am constantly working on my art and creative processes by taking ideas and inspirations from my daily life and the lives and world around me" White said. "I am motivated by form and the power of the art elements to effectively convey meaning and content. My work is an effort to hold viewers’ visual interest combined with an attempt to communicate my fascination with artistic processes and the absurdity, confusion and humor of life.

"I am attracted to the unstructured results of a course of action or the inherent nature of a material, for example, drips of paint or the flow of a wood grain. I combine my intuitive sense of design with spontaneous execution allowing certain things to occur naturally."

At TJC, White teaches studio art courses in painting and sculpture as well as art appreciation and art appreciation online. He is also the faculty sponsor for the TJC Art Club, an active club involved in multiple projects of community service. He earned both his Master of Fine Arts and his Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from the University of North Texas in Denton, majoring in painting and drawing.

For more information on the prize, visit www.huntingartprize.com.

Elise Mullinix


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