RORY WHITE BIO
FINE ARTIST & OIL PAINTER, PHOTOGRAPHER, SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTIVIST
I am an oil painter, draughtsman, printmaker, photographer, writer and social justice advocate with art. I currently run Art Works, A Project of Housing Works, Sponsored by Aileen Getty, serving artists and other humans who have experienced marginalization by homelessness and/or conditions of difference and vulnerability in Los Angeles.
I designed, founded and ran for ten years (1998-2008) the Lamp Art Project for Lamp Community and serving homeless, formerly homeless, and other Skid Row residents, with a Master's level studio art program in the heart of Los Angeles’ Skid Row sector. I did this project in conjunction with Mollie Lowery in the early decades of Lamp Community’s then cutting edge existence.
I took over 100,000 photographs in Skid Row, taught oil painting, and created my own oils and drawings in that period. I did massive photographic coverage of the thousands of arrests in the stupifingly titled, horrific, Los Angeles Safer Cities Initiative, in which my own beloved city of Los Angeles, (while in many ways not understanding the dynamic nor impact of what they were doing, and certainly some people assenting with well intended thoughts), nevertheless waged war upon its poor.
I have worked in Art and Social Justice my entire life, my first most visible involvement being one of the few male course instructors through the Santa Cruz Women’s Prison Project through which i designed and taught a combined Art History and Studio Arts course at California Institution for Women's Death Row (SSU/Special Security Unit) in 1973-74. Program directed by Dr. Karlene Faith Ph.D. (Professor Emeritus Simon Fraser University School of Criminology, author "Unruly Women: the Politics of Confinement and Resistance”).
One of my initial premises in doing art projects for outsiders was that creative genius is extremely high in persons that do not fit into the tight linear tracks of this country’s educational, and societal fine arts systems and structures. I never embraced the ludicrous notion that the Skid Row inhabitants “needed culture brought to them” but that the culture of the people of Skid Row was radically spiritual, intelligent, brave and exquisite. I sought the honor of offering simple resources considered normal in the rest of societal niches, that is a Master’s Level studio space and materials for the fine arts, to the peoples of Skid Row.
The project was an amazing success, the artists producing thousands of museum level paintings and works of art, winning Frederick Weisman, Green Foundation, Annenberg and other awards. We were featured heavily in the award winning documentary film “Humble Beauty” and the unfinished “Ashes and Roses” and I myself was given the Eli Lilly Welcome Back Award “Person of the Decade” grant in 2008 to continue my work in art and social justice.
My best contact is my email firstname.lastname@example.org
AWARDS, EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS,
CITATIONS IN LITERATURE,
2008 Eli Lilly WBA "PERSON OF THE DECADE AWARD" Wash D.C.
Eli Lilly WBA "Welcome Back Award for Outstanding Achievement and Bravery in the Field of Depression & Mental Illness" regarding the design, implementation and running for one decade of the Skid Row Lamp Art Project serving artists alienated with homelessness, mental illness and other dynamics of societal marginalization.
Concurrent with exhibit of Skid Row Mon Amour / Rory White: street photographs. The Willard, Washington D.C.
*Annenberg, L.I.Green Foundation, and Frederick Weisman Foundation Grants
(*for Lamp Art Project, its work, its members, and exhibit at Pharmaka Gallery, Downtown L.A. 2008 "Outside the Inside Outside"
2011 to Present: Founding Artist-Director
ART WORKS PROJECT
A Fine Arts Studio Project by Housing Works
Sponsored by Aileen Getty
A Master's level studiio program for persons marginalized by Homelessnes,
Recent Homelessness, and other conditions of difference.
"art at the extreme edges and deepest interior of community"
Designed, implemented and ran the
LAMP ART PROJECT
multiple exhibitions in conjunction with Lamp Art Project / Lamp Community in Skid Row 1998-2008 including: Outside the Inside Outside: Exibition of Skid Row Lamp Art Project Pharmaka Gallery, Los Angeles 2008
Venice Art Walk 2005 & 2006
CONTINUOUS EXHIBITING 1998-2011 HALLWAY GALLERY
Lamp Community, Crocker & 6th Street, SKID ROW, Los Angeles.
[NOTE: bio in progress, will provide full list of exhibitions shortly]
(EARLY EXHIBITIONS TOPANGA & BIG SUR)
Big Sur Artists Annual Exhibition,
Henry Miller Memorial Library & Gallery
1993 and 1994
Mermaid Tavern Exhibition, Topanga, CA
(two-person show with Christine Bernert following
Wallace Berman's exhibition that year)
ART HISTORICAL RESEARCH
ART SALES AND PLACEMENT:
RORY WHITE FINE ART 1982-1995
Historical art dealing
Primary Focus: early to late 20th C. California post-impressionist & modernist.
Significant historical art research accomplished and became an information resource for multiple art historical books, etc.
(see literature cited)
COAST GALLERY BIG SUR 1994-95
(oldest extant fine art gallery big sur)
(Rory re-curated Gallery with early 20th C. Modernist to Contemporary Big Sur painters).
CARMEL ART ASSOCIATION 1981-2
(oldest continuing Artist's Cooperative west of the Mississippi)
Contemporary Central Coast Artists and California Artists from late 19th C. through 20th C.
PASQUALE IANNETTI GALLERIES 1980-81
Old Master to Modernist works on paper. Focus on Rembrandt, etched body of work.
UCLA Awarded REGENT'S' SCHOLARSHIP 1968,
University of California, Los Angeles
ANSEL ADAMS WORKSHOPS 1974-75 FULL TUITION PHOTOGRAPHIC PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP
(Also worked there as life model, Figure in the Landscape Workshop)
UC Santa Cruz B.A. in Studio Arts 1978
University of California, Santa Cruz
Antioch Univeristy, Los Angeles: non-degree focused Graduate Studies in Social Justice, Social Psychology.
Goddard College: non-degree focused Graduate Studies in MFA Program, Interdisciplinary Arts
Chatsworth High School, Los Angeles.
Graduated with HIGH HONORS 1967