John Howell White

Contact Information

Phone: (610) 858-0754

3510 Scotts Lane, Suite 218, Philadelphia, PA 19129

Artist's Biography

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.

Artist's Statement

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.

Selected Exhibitions

Recent Work (2008), Gallery 908, Reading, PA

John H. White (1987), One Oxford Center, Pittsburgh, PA

John H. White (1987), Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

John H. White (1983), Pittsburgh Plan for Art, Pittsburgh, PA

Related Visions, Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cotuit, MA

Related Visions, Maryland Hall, Annapolis, MD

Painter’s Progress, Northhampton Communty College, Bethlehelm, PA

Scaled Down: Small Works From Southeastern Pennsylvania, The Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, PA

Small Works, The New Arts Program, Kutztown, PA

The 80's: A Post Pop Generation, The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, PA

Invitational, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY

Pittsburgh Highlights, Three Rivers Arts Festival Invitational, Pittsburgh, PA

Perspectives From Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

Unrestricted Horizons, Carnegie Mellon University Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

Invitational, Gallery 10, Washington, DC

Juried Visual Arts Exhibition, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, PA

Annual, Greensburg Art League, Westmoreland County Museum of Art, Greensburg, PA

Young Painters, Provincetown Art Association, Provincetown, MA

Small Works, Austin, TX

Juried Visual Arts Exhibition, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, PA

Marietta National, Marietta College, Marietta, OH


White, J. (2015), Experience Painting, Worcester, MA: Davis Publications

Book Chapters
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

Professional Experience

Professor, Art Education, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA

Chair, Department of Art Education & Crafts, KU

Chair, NAEA Research Commission

Director, Higher Education Division, NAEA

Chair, NAEA Higher Education Research Steering Committee

Chair, Council for Policy Studies in Art Education

Chair, Art Series Program Committee, KU

Head, Department of Visual Art, Crossroads School for the Arts, Santa Monica, CA

Director, Campbell Art Gallery, Sewickley Academy, Sewickley, PA

Head, Dept, of Fine Arts, Sewickley Academy, Sewickley, PA

Lectures and Talks

White, J., Blandy, D. & Hicks, L., Touch, NAEA Convention, Chicago

White, J. & All, Leadership, NAEA Convention: Chicago

White, J., Blandy, D. & Hicks, L., Glue, NAEA Convention

White, J., Blandy, D., Memory, NAEA Conference

White, J. & Blandy, D., Improvisation, NAEA Conference

White, J., Blandy, D. & Gude, O., Improvisation, NAEA Conference, New York, NY

White, J., Meier, E., Garoian, C., & Lucerio, J., Delay, NAEA Conference, Seattle, WA

White, J., Scale: The Object of 21st Century Art Education, NAEA Conference, Seattle, WA

White, J., Accounts about then from now: historical research methodologies, NAEA Conference, Seattle, WA

White, J., Grounded Assessment, CAA Conference, Los Angeles, CA
White, J., Skill, NAEA Conference, Minneapolis, MN

White, J., Figure / Ground: Difference as an Opportunity for Learning, College Art Association, Dallas, TX

White, J. & Stewart, M., Teachers teaching teachers: Best Practices in art classroom, New Jersey Art Educators Conference, Somerset, NJ

White, J., Garoian, C. & Garber, E., Speaking in tongues: A comparison of arts-based research and pedagogy, NAEA conference, New Orleans, LA

White, J., Garoian, C. & Garber, E., Speaking in tongues: A comparison of practice and language in the Visual Arts, Paper presented at NAEA conference, New York, NY.

White, J., Allen Eaton and American Crafts, NAEA conference, Boston, MA

White, J., Carnegie Corporation and community arts, NAEA conference, Boston, MA

White, J., Historical Antecedents of Visual Culture, NAEA, Chicago, Il

White, J., Philanthropic Initiatives and Art Education in the Twentieth Century, NAEA, Chicago, Il

White, J., Panelist, New contexts for past lives, InSEA Research Conference, New York, NY

White, J., Moving images: Travel and exchange in a century of change, InSEA Congress, New York, NY

White, J., Panelist, Historical facts, surprises, and parallels, NAEA, Miami, FL

White, J., Panel Chair, Remembering the Past: 100 years of School Arts Magazine, NAEA, New York, NY

White, J., Travel, Tourism, and the Art Classroom, 1920-1945, NAEA, New York, NY

White, J., Craft Curricula in American Art Education, NAEA, Los Angeles, CA

White, J., Panel Chair, De-Sign, NAEA, Los Angeles, CA

White J,, Pedro deLemos in New Mexico, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

White, J., Art, Community, and Curriculum NAEA, Washington, DC

White, J., Art Education's Latino Heritage, NAEA, Washington, DC

White, J., Manuel Barkan Memorial Award, Presentation of paper, Travel, boundaries and understanding in the arts, NAEA, Chicago, IL

White, J., Pedro deLemos, School Arts, and Native American cultures, NAEA, Chicago, IL

White, J., Using contemporary art works, issues and events for understanding curriculum, NAEA, Chicago, IL

White, J., Concerning cultural memory and the biological dimensions of inquiry NAEA, New Orleans, LA

White, J., Interpreting curriculum as activist artwork, NAEA, New Orleans, LA

White, J., Native American presence in School Arts magazine: The deLemos legacy, Third Penn State International Symposium on the History of Art Education, University Park, PA

White, J., Concerning the moral dimensions of inquiry, NAEA, Houston, TX

White, J., Concerning quotation and inquiry, NAEA, Houston, TX

White, J., Interpretation: Nelson Goodman and the intersubjectivity of art, NAEA, Baltimore, MD

White, J., The ideology of montage II: Dialogic pedagogy, NAEA Chicago, IL

White, J., Radical pragmatism: Interpretation, emergence and the deconstruction of self, NAEA, Chicago, IL

White, J., Deconstruction of self: Framing as consciousness, NAEA, Chicago, IL

White, J., The ideology of montage: Cognition, language and multiculturalism, NAEA, Phoenix, AZ

White, J., Truth and community: Reality construction in the visual arts, Working Papers in Art Education, NAEA, Phoenix, AZ

White, J., Rorty and Richter: Private visions and public accounts, NAEA Atlanta, GA

White, J., Rorty and Richter: Private visions and public accounts, Paper presented at the annual meeting of the College Art Association, Washington, DC

White, J., Native American presence in Art Education: Icon and artifact, NAEA, Atlanta, GA

White, J., Arts and issues: Creating a context for art, Paper presented at the annual meeting of the California Association of Independent Schools


National Steel Corporation
Oxford Development Corporation
Pittsburgh National Bank
Westinghouse Credit Corporation
Coordinated Financial Services


Council for Policy Studies in Art Education
National Art Education Association


Penn State, University Park, PA
PhD, Art Education

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
MFA, Painting

University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
BA, Fine Art