As a child of two educators born in the South, visual artist Carol White spent
most of her childhood traveling, moving from city to city and learning about people
from all parts of the world. It was no surprise to her family that she pursued a
career in art because she developed a strong sense of curiosity about creative
processes at a very early age. Enrolled in everything from dance to city orchestra,
Carol continued to search for ways to express herself. Being painfully shy as a
young girl, the arts offered her a voice or source of inspiration throughout her
Her father's library was filled with books about the humanities, philosophy,
religion and included thousands of other titles related to the human experience.
No matter where they moved in the United States, the books went with them and
remained a part of the family experience.
Memories and Childhood
Her early life included annual trips to the South with her family. She is the s
econd born of six children whose careers are as diverse as her various ho
mes around the United states. During her early childhood, she grew up in
a variety of communities including; Chicago, Illinois, St. Peter, Minnesota,
Lansing, Michigan and Nashville, Tennessee.
Carol's parents spent many years encouraging all of their children to set hi
gh goals, take risks and focus on the future. Her father, a Methodist minist
er and professor was a trailblazer - graduating from the University of Chica
go during the 1950's. Her mother, an English teacher; and later a High Sch
ool guidance councilor also achieved success as a pianist as a young wo
man. Education remained a constant topic of discussion, both in immediat
e and extended family. Carol's grandmother graduated from college in Bir
mingham, Alabama and taught in the segregated south.
In 1971, Carol's family moved to Indianapolis, Indiana where she later gra
duated from Shortridge High School. Carol has been employed in a numb
er of art-focused jobs throughout her career. She has served as an Artist-i
n-residence throughout the state of Indiana, worked in the area of educatio
n in several museums and taught art to people of all ages.
Her interest in art and education has remained at the center of her life. Aft
er teaching in the Indianapolis Public Schools for eight years, she joined t
he staff at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA). She managed an art studi
o program at the IMA for 17 years and continues to consider working on cr
eating new arts opportunities for people of all ages a priority in her life.
Carol believes that she was destined to become an artist. When growing u
p in Nashville, Tennessee, her father was on staff at Fisk University and w
as friends with a number of artists who went on to become nationally reco
gnized for their work in the arts and humanities. She still remembers the ti
me that she and her brother sat for portraits by Harlem Renaissance Artist,
Aaron Douglass. Later, when too young to attend school, she attended art
classes with her mother. Carol is especially thankful for her parents' role i
n making the arts a priority in their lives. Without those strong foundations,
centered around family; she says "I would not have pursued the career or c
areers I love so much"
Professional Artist Life
Ms White has maintained a busy schedule of exhibitions of her work in gall
eries and art competitions regionally and nationally. Throughout her career
, in addition to giving lectures about her artwork, she has served as spoke
sperson for organizations and provided lectures and presentations about t
he importance of the arts in public and private schools.
Her interest in global themes and perspectives is reflected in her recent
work. Her Travel to France, Africa and Cuba continues to inspire her and
propel her life and artwork in new directions.
Art by Carol White