Danielle White - Artist and Educator
Jersey City based painter and confused millennial.
The past few years have been an exploration of my artistic choices stemming from feminism, body image, and vulnerability. Negative thoughts placed upon women about their bodies create anxiety within many women. Is it right that every day when women look in the mirror, they have to not only think about how they feel about themselves but also about how they think others will react to how they look? How can women be expected to constantly seek the gratification from themselves and also the gratification from others? If one changes their appearance to follow societal expectations, is that a true measure of one’s sense of worth?
In my work, I embrace these questions with the figure. Currently, I am largely concerned about when a work is finished. I feel as though pieces that look incomplete can get a lot of scrutiny. Artwork can be thought of as a way to expose the artist’s raw feelings and emotions through an image. This parallels with how we feel as humans. People deal with the parallels of what society expects from them and what society expects of artwork. Therefore, I paint women and men, who both face anxiety about pressures put upon them by our society. I paint women and men who are embracing themselves for who they are in an unapologetic manner.
Pratt Institute, MA in Art and Design Education
Master's Thesis, Feminist Pedagogy at the Secondary Level, 2019
Syracuse University, BFA in Studio Arts
Minor in Marketing
Magna Cum Laude
New York State Initial Certification in Visual Arts Education, Grades K-12 - In Progress
Chancellor’s Scholarship, Syracuse University
Honorable Mention Sophomore Painting Award, Syracuse University
Honorable Mention Junior Painting Award, Syracuse University
Honorable Mention Senior Painting Award, Syracuse University
Westcott Community Art Gallery, Curvy, Syracuse, NY
Pratt Institute, Media and Materials, Brooklyn, NY
Art Slope Art Festival, Girl on Girl’s Not For Sale, Brooklyn, NY
Comstock Art Facility, Class of 2016 Visual Arts BFA Showcase, Syracuse, NY Spark Contemporary Art Space, The Rest of the World Sleeps, Syracuse, NY
The Wall, Stretched, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
The Wall, Research Painting Class of Kevin Larmon, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY The Wall, Intermediate Painting Class of Jerome Witkin, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY Spark Contemporary Art Space, Girl on Girl’s #SADGIRLSCLUB, Syracuse, NY
Piazzale Donatello 21, End of Semester Exhibit, Syracuse University, Florence, Italy The Wall, Figure Drawing Class of Robert Weiss, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY The Wall, Introduction Painting II Class of Sharon Gold, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY The Wall, Intermediate Painting Class of Kevin Larmon, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
The Wall, Introduction Painting Class of Sharon Gold, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY Smith Hall, Freshman Exhibition, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
The Wall, Figure Drawing Class of Robert Weiss, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY