Holt-Russell Gallery

Housed in historic Parmenter Hall on the Baldwin City campus, the Holt-Russell Art Gallery features art by students, faculty and local, national and international artists.

Students exhibit their work in an annual juried student art show. In addition, students work as preparers, curators and organizers of their senior exhibitions.

March 3 - 25 | Tommy White: off-kilter

Opening Reception | March 3 | 3:30-6 p.m.


Popsicles & Ice Cream 2015 Graphite and Acrylic on panel 58” x 38”

Artist's Bio

Tommy White, born in Detroit, received his MFA from Clemson University in the discipline of painting and a BA from Michigan State University in ceramics. His work is included in many private collections as well as the permanent collections of the Mobile Museum of Art in Alabama, Crayola Corp., and Capital One Corp. He has exhibited in over 20 states, the District of Columbia, Melbourne, Australia, and Seoul, South Korea. After working in higher education for nearly two decades, Tommy recently refocused his attention to his professional practice and enjoys working in his new studio in Denver, Colorado.

Artist Statement

My paintings explore the relationship between environment, psyche, and balance. Environment is characterized by any tangible force affecting an individual’s physical and/or conscious/unconscious self. Monochromatic grids framed by neutral grays depict this. Psyche, the human soul, mind, or spirit is represented by the lyrically ornate, amalgamated black and white imagery. Compositionally, these disparate elements attempt to develop a sense of harmony and poise. Upon further examination, one notices that the environment is slightly off-kilter, positioning the psyche to seek balance through amassing appendages of perceived value. For many, this has become a constant endeavor within our contingent world.


Candyman 2015 Graphite and Acrylic on panel 58” x 38”