Bruce White at unveiling of Izar in Newport News, Va. Photo by Louis Fronkier
In Bruce White’s studio, aesthetic sensibility meets engineering’s pragmatism, science encounters art, tradition infuses modernity, and the result is the surprise, the unexpected, the new and unforeseen connection that White discovers — or reveals. Ideas take dramatic, expressive shapes that delight viewers across the country.
Many of White’s works begin as sheets of metal or paper that he cuts and twists and manipulates until they reveal the three-dimensional thing of beauty and meaning that the artist’s eye can see within the flat plane. Then he translates the resulting idea into a sculpture of monumental scale, working in a studio that is, necessarily, on the scale of an industrial warehouse.
White earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland and master’s and doctoral degrees at Columbia University. He has taught at a number of universities and colleges, including Florida State, Adelphi, Queens College and, for two decades, Northern Illinois University. He has strong ties to the nearby sculpture hub of Chicago, where he has exhibited and some of his works are installed. Other White pieces can be found at the University of Illinois at Urbana, University of Alabama, Wayne State University, Iowa State University, Florida State University, Appalachian State University, Southwest Illinois College, Central Lakes College and Florida Atlantic University as well as at the Dalsland Museum in Sweden and in public spaces and private collections across the United States.
White’s website: brucewhitesculpture.com
735 Thimble Shoals Boulevard, Suite 100
Newport News, VA 23606
The Newport News Public Art Foundation is grateful for the support of the Virginia Commission for the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts