Wayne White comes to UT

whiteThe University of Tennessee, Knoxville will host Los Angeles artist and East Tennessee native Wayne White November 6-8, 2013. White will present a public lecture on Thursday November 7th in the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center Auditorium at 7:30pm. The lecture is free and open to the public.

During his visit White will work with students in creating a large-scale “bear-cat” for the Homecoming Parade on Friday November 8th at 4pm. His visit is sponsored by the Visual Arts Committee, the School of Art and the Department of Theatre.

Wayne White is best known for his role in designing the set for the popular television show Pee-Wee’s Playhouse in the 1980s where his work for set and puppet designs won three Emmy Awards. His work has also been used for music videos by Peter Gabriel (Big Time) and the Smashing Pumpkins (Tonight, Tonight). White also designed the band Lambchop’s popular album cover “Nixon.”

In recent years he has focused on paintings, typically involving the alteration of kitsch commercially printed imagery with humorous and often irreverent dimensionally painted word play. White’s art is an amalgam of surrealism, pop-art, and folk art. His work is represented by Western Project in Los Angeles and Marty Walker Gallery in Dallas. His work is featured in the recent movie by Neil Berkeley “Beauty is Embarrassing.”

Wayne White is a native of Chattanooga where he graduated from Hixon High School and completed his BFA degree in art from Middle Tennessee State University in 1979.

Resources On-Line About Wayne White:
Wikipedia
Official Website
Beauty is Embarrassing

For more information, contact Chancellor’s Professor Beauvais Lyons at 974-3202 orblyons@utk.edu.

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