The new Charles White Scholarships for Art and Design at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles provides students from underrepresented groups with full four-year scholarships. The scholarship honors legacy and impact Charles White, A professional painter known for his powerful and realistic portraits of black people that embody their strength, dignity and beauty.
The famous artist and beloved faculty member taught at Otis from 1965 until his death in 1979, inspiring many students who became notable artists, including David Hammons, Kerry James Marshall, Susan Jackson, Ulysses Jenkins, Kent Twitchell, and Judith Hernandez. , Richard White, and Alonzo Davis.
Charles White mural Mary McLeod Bethune, 1978 | © Charles White Archive, Photography by Frank J. Thomas
The annual scholarship is funded in part by a $10 million gift from Mei-Lee Ney, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Otis College, and was established in association with artist C. Ian White’s son and The Charles White Archives.
“We are very grateful to Mei Lee for her generous gift and shared commitment to Otis College’s important diversity, equality, and inclusive action, and to Ian White for partnering with us to celebrate his father’s work and legacy,” said Charles Hirschhorn, President of Otis College. When the scholarship was announced yesterday.
Na is the president of Richard Ney & Associates Asset Management Inc. , which she helped run in partnership with her late husband Richard.
“It is an honor to have unrepresented students educationally represented in art and design at Otis College, an institution that I deeply care about. Charles White has opened the door to many artists from diverse backgrounds through his influential work and teaching, and it is wonderful that this legacy continues through this new scholarship.
“It is an honor to have unrepresented students educationally represented in art and design at Otis College, an institution that I deeply care about. Charles White has opened the door to many artists from diverse backgrounds through his influential work and teaching, and it is great to continue that legacy with this new scholarship.” — Mi Lee Nai
Last year, Ney gave Otis $1 million to support the creation of an executive position dedicated to the college’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (DEI) strategy. Her $10 million gift for the Charles White Endowment is among the largest donations Otis has ever received.
Next spring, the inaugural scholarship will be awarded to the incoming first-year art and design student from an underrepresented group in Los Angeles County, who will enter Otis in Fall 2022. In 2023, the scholarship will expand, providing opportunities annually to two non-underrepresented students —One from Los Angeles County and the other from anywhere in the United States.
“This scholarship program creates an opportunity for a young artist to explore his creative talents. Charles White has been twice denied scholarships to further his artistic interests as an adult based solely on his color. As a recognized artist, he has been denied entry to see his work due to his pigmentation,” said artist, author and educator C. Ian White. , who oversees the Charles White Archive
“Generations of students have been affected by the presence of Charles White on the Otis Campus, who have been and continue to be tremendous contributors to their right to the arts and their communities. This scholarship will be a way for young creatives to enter the arts and build a more inclusive cultural landscape.”
“Charles White was twice denied scholarships to further his artistic interests as an adult based solely on his color. … I appreciate the generous gift from Mei-Lee in appreciation of White’s contribution and recognition of the shortage of students of color in art institutions.”
– C. Ian White
Hammons, a famous conceptual artist, is among the many students that White has motivated and motivated. He attended Otis University from 1968 to 1972. The college shared the following thinking from Hammons about his experiences in White’s classroom:
“I’ve been in this class for a very long time. But you know it was more about being around a professional, it was like being in the room with him. [Muhammad] Ali. Or James Baldwin. Just being in that room with that kind of confidence, [that kind of] Honesty – that’s what was really happening. Everything I was drawing wasn’t really that important. It was spirit, energy and dignity.” CT
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Art Institute of Chicago have co-published a fully illustrated exhibition catalog to accompany “Charles White: A Retrospective.” The volume features contributions from curators, scholars, and artist Kerry James Marshall. Also consider “Charles White: Gordon’s Gift to the University of Texas” and “Grandfather and the Library: How Charles White Learned to Draw,” a children’s book by C. Ian White. “Charles White: Black Pope” was published on the occasion of “Charles White – Leonardo Da Vinci” Show, MoMA Show curated by David Hammons. “David Hammons: Body Prints, 1968-1979” accompanied the artist’s recent exhibition at the Drawing Center in New York.
Support culture type
Do you enjoy and appreciate the type of culture? Please consider supporting the ongoing production by making a donation. Culture Type is an independent art history project that requires countless hours and expenditures to research, report, write, and produce. To help preserve it, make a one-time donation or sign up for a recurring monthly contribution. It only takes a minute. Thank you very much for your support.
Adsgeni code is : 748912