James White

Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1505
Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1505

Biography

An artist who loves teaching, Professor James White is a sculptor and neon artist who exhibits throughout the U.S. and internationally including in England, Scotland, Japan and China. He earned his BFA and MFA in art at The Ohio University.

Professor White fosters development of conceptual thought and creativity in his students, teaching them the vocabulary and structure of sculpture to allow them to craft their ideas into their own unique visual poetry. He teaches all levels of sculpture, along with architectural sculpture and neon. Professor White is also an expert in technical knowledge.

Many years ago his research and art led him to explore emitted light in his own work. In turn, this experience allowed him, with the help of an ASU Centennial Grant, to establish the ASU Neon Workshop. In this facility, students bend glass tubes and process them into “neon” light and art. This neon facility in sculpture is unique to a handful of art programs in the world.

Just knowing how to make art is only half of artistic life - exhibiting one’s ideas to the world is the other half. Since he joined ASU in 1981, Professor White’s students have been learning to prepare their art for exhibition and even learning to prepare exhibition spaces to show their work. Their extensive exhibition vitas as well as quality finished work have enabled undergraduate alumni to be admitted to the best graduate schools in the world - Yale, UCLA, Carnegie Mellon, The Slade (UK), Rhode Island School of Design, UC Davis and many others.

Professor White’s dedication to providing students opportunities to display their work outside the classroom led him to develop exhibition spaces throughout the valley and at ASU, including the Art Department’s Step Gallery, and the Night Gallery housed locally at Tempe Marketplace. These spaces have provided a place for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and alumni to display their work professionally, and have also provided a space for the community to experience the arts and learn about the fine art work being produced at Arizona State University.

Education

  • M.F.A. Art, The Ohio University
  • B.F.A. Art, The Ohio University

Research Activity

  • White,James R*. The Activity of Sound. Night Gallery exhibition partially funded by the City of Tempe (8/30/2012 - 6/30/2013).
  • White,James R*. STEP GALLERIES. Gallery operations grant, partial funding from the Tempe Municipal Arts Commission (1/1/1995 - 7/1/1996).
  • White,James R*. STEP GALLERIES. Gallery operations grant, partial funding from the Tempe Municipal Arts Commission (1/1/1994 - 12/31/1994).
  • White,James R*. SCHOOL OF ART STEP GALLERY. Gallery operations grant, partial funding from the Tempe Municipal Arts Commission (4/1/1993 - 9/30/1993).

Courses

Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
ART 231 Sculpture I
ART 492 Honors Directed Study
ART 493 Honors Thesis
ART 494 Special Topics
ART 499 Individualized Instruction
ART 592 Research
ARA 598 Special Topics
ART 598 Special Topics
ART 680 Practicum
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
ART 331 Sculpture II
ART 394 Special Topics
ART 432 Neon Sculpture
ART 492 Honors Directed Study
ART 493 Honors Thesis
ART 499 Individualized Instruction
ART 532 Neon Sculpture
ART 592 Research
ART 680 Practicum
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
ART 231 Sculpture I
ART 394 Special Topics
ART 430 Adv Sculpture: Materials&Tech
ART 432 Neon Sculpture
ARA 484 Internship
ART 484 Internship
ART 492 Honors Directed Study
ART 493 Honors Thesis
ART 499 Individualized Instruction
ARA 499 Individualized Instruction
ART 532 Neon Sculpture
ARA 584 Internship
ART 584 Internship
ARA 592 Research
ART 592 Research
ART 598 Special Topics
ART 680 Practicum
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
ART 499 Individualized Instruction
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
ARA 394 Special Topics
ART 394 Special Topics
ART 484 Internship
ARA 484 Internship
ART 492 Honors Directed Study
ART 493 Honors Thesis
ARA 499 Individualized Instruction
ART 499 Individualized Instruction
ART 592 Research
ART 680 Practicum
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
ART 394 Special Topics
ARA 394 Special Topics
ART 430 Adv Sculpture: Materials&Tech
ART 432 Neon Sculpture
ART 484 Internship
ARA 484 Internship
ART 492 Honors Directed Study
ART 493 Honors Thesis
ARA 499 Individualized Instruction
ART 499 Individualized Instruction
ART 532 Neon Sculpture
ARA 584 Internship
ART 584 Internship
ARA 592 Research
ART 592 Research
ART 621 Studio Problems
ART 680 Practicum
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
ART 499 Individualized Instruction
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
ART 331 Sculpture II
ARA 394 Special Topics
ART 394 Special Topics
ART 436 Architectural Sculpture
ART 484 Internship
ARA 484 Internship
ART 492 Honors Directed Study
ART 493 Honors Thesis
ART 499 Individualized Instruction
ARA 499 Individualized Instruction
ART 592 Research
ART 598 Special Topics
ART 680 Practicum
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
ART 331 Sculpture II
ART 394 Special Topics
ARA 394 Special Topics
ART 431 Special Problems in Sculpture
ART 432 Neon Sculpture
ARA 484 Internship
ART 484 Internship
ART 492 Honors Directed Study
ART 493 Honors Thesis
ARA 499 Individualized Instruction
ART 499 Individualized Instruction
ART 532 Neon Sculpture
ARA 584 Internship
ART 584 Internship
ARA 592 Research
ART 592 Research
ART 598 Special Topics
ART 680 Practicum
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
ART 332 Sculpture III
ARA 394 Special Topics
ART 394 Special Topics
ART 431 Special Problems in Sculpture
ART 436 Architectural Sculpture
ART 484 Internship
ARA 484 Internship
ART 492 Honors Directed Study
ART 493 Honors Thesis
ARA 499 Individualized Instruction
ART 499 Individualized Instruction
ART 592 Research
ART 595 Continuing Registration
ART 598 Special Topics
ART 680 Practicum
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
ART 231 Sculpture I
ART 394 Special Topics
ARA 394 Special Topics
ART 432 Neon Sculpture
ART 484 Internship
ARA 484 Internship
ART 492 Honors Directed Study
ART 493 Honors Thesis
ARA 499 Individualized Instruction
ART 499 Individualized Instruction
ART 532 Neon Sculpture
ARA 584 Internship
ART 584 Internship
ARA 592 Research
ART 592 Research
ART 621 Studio Problems
ART 680 Practicum
Summer 2014
Course Number Course Title
ART 499 Individualized Instruction
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
ART 394 Special Topics
ARA 394 Special Topics
ART 436 Architectural Sculpture
ARA 484 Internship
ART 484 Internship
ART 492 Honors Directed Study
ART 493 Honors Thesis
ART 494 Special Topics
ARA 499 Individualized Instruction
ART 499 Individualized Instruction
ART 592 Research
ART 595 Continuing Registration
ART 598 Special Topics
ART 680 Practicum

Expertise Areas