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Franklin White

Franklin White in his studio

Franklin White was born in Richmond, Virginia. He began working as an artists from an early age, receiving awards for his watercolors while in high school. He studied art at Howard University, where he obtained his BFA (1969) and MFA (1971). During this period, his professors included Lois Jones and David Driskell. His classmates included Sylvia Snowden, Lou Stovall and Leo Robinson. In 1971, he finished a two-year internship at the National Collection of Fine Arts (now known as the American Museum of Art—Smithsonian Museum). As a professional artist he has exhibited his work in numerous solo and group shows in many galleries and museums throughout the United States.


Mr. White is a retired professor of over 30 years at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. He also taught at the Maryland College of Art and Design and Georgetown University. Since his retirement he has been working, experimenting with different artistic mediums and has served as a juror for many art exhibits in the D.C. area. He was selected as a Liquitex Artist in 2005 and has traveled as a representative of the brand. He was the subject of “For the Love of Paint,” an award-winning video that was screened at MOMA and was shown on PBS. His work was also showcased in the documentary “Sport in Art.” This video was nominated for the Hometown USA Prize.


Mr. White first came to Venezuela 1995 as a tourist, returning for several visits the following year. In 2001 he received a Senior Fulbright Scholarship and elected to come to Venezuela and teach at the Armando Reverón. Since then, he has made Mérida his second home, returning every year. Mr. White currently divides his time and workload between Washington, D.C., and Mérida, Venezuela.

Education and Internships

Howard University, MFA, 1971

Howard University, BFA, 1969

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Summer School, 1966

Teaching Positions

Corcoran College of Art + Design, Retired 2003 after 30 years

Armando Reverón University Fulbright Program, 2001–2002

Georgetown University, 1972–1974

Maryland College of Art and Design, 1972–1974

Exhibitions—Solo Shows

Museo de Arte de Tovar, Mérida, Venezuela

Centro de Arte Daniel Suarez, Caracas, Venezuela

Gallery K, Washington, DC

Portsmouth Museum, Portsmouth, VA

Rebecca Cooper Gallery, Washington, DC

University of New Orleans, LA

Jefferson Place Gallery, Washington, DC

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Exhibitions—Group Shows

Howard University, Washington, DC

American University, Washington, DC

Kennedy Gallery, NY

Phillips Gallery, Washington DC

Whitney Museum, NY

Northern Virginia Community College

Special Projects

Murals for D.C. General Hospital, Mentor, 1976

Program sponsored by First Lady Rosalind Carter

Liquitex 50th Anniversary Demonstrations, Guest Artist, 2005

Chicago, London, Frankfurt

Liquitex Interview


Howard University

Colby College, Maine

Corcoran Gallery of Art

Katheryn Graham

Laughlin Phillips

Fort Lauderdale Museum


Retrospective Video

Interview, Venevision, Venezuela, 2016

Article at Colegio Nacional de Periodistas website, Venezuela, 2016

Article at El Universal website, Venezuela, 2016

Article at El Nacional newspaper website, Venezuela, 2016

Article at, Venezuela, 2016

For the Love of Paint, Video

Golden Eagle Award, 1994

Winner of Hometown USA Video Festival, 1993

Sport in Art, Video Corcoran Gallery of Art

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