As a student, JC White was a familiar site around the Owensboro Community & Technical College campus, and he remains active in their Art Club and takes additional art courses. As a graduate, his art continues to speak to others.
White was recently selected to participate in the Team Kentucky Gallery, which is hosted by Gov. Andy Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear’s in a main hall of the state Capitol in Frankfort.
As an artist, White is passionate about land, sky, and water. His “Pandemic Panorama” piece focuses on all of those and combines them with an urge to escape. The work is portrayed by utilizing an analogous band of color between blue and yellow.
“I have learned many things in my art curriculum that have helped me to be a better artist but two classes are directly responsible for this recognition,” said White, who has been creating art for more than 60 years. “My piece ‘Pandemic Panorama’ was an assignment in my color theory class in analogous painting, and I applied to the Governor’s exhibit to satisfy an objective in my artist survival class.”
As part of the “ART 290: Survival Skills for the Artist” course, OCTC Art Faculty Dave Wilson relayed that students earn additional points by submitting a class project to be considered for art exhibitions, outside a 60-mile radius of Owensboro. White submitted “Pandemic Panorama” for consideration to the Team Kentucky Gallery exhibition.
“Not only does this build student confidence with their creativity, it also validates their art educational efforts with the art world,” Wilson said. “JC is a tremendous artist and advocate for art education. But most importantly, he is a true mentor for students at OCTC.”
Selected artworks are displayed for one six-month rotation in the Kentucky Capitol and on a Team Kentucky Digital Art Gallery with each artist’s contact information. After the six-month rotation, artworks will be returned to the artist. The current Team Kentucky Gallery installation will be open through Dec. 31.
For more information about OCTC’s art program, contact [email protected].