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© Wendel White, Schools for the Colored,
Marshalltown School, Mannington, NJ

© Wendel White, Schools for the Colored, Bordentown, NJ

© Wendel White, Schools for the Colored, East St Louis, IL

Wendel A. White
Born:1956, Newark, NJ
Resides: Galloway, NJ

African American

Selected Exhibitions:
En Foco at Venice Arts, Venice, CA 2013
En Foco at The Arts at CIIS, San Francisco, CA 2013
En Foco at BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 2013
En Foco at Aljira, Newark, NJ 2012
En Foco at the Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC 2012
En Foco at Light Work, Syracuse, NY 2011
Willingboro Public Library, NJ 2011
En Foco at Calumet Photographic, New York, NY 2010
Michael Mazzeo Gallery, New York, NY 2009
Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, Cape May, NJ 2007
Stockton College, Pomona, NJ 2006
Newark Public Library, Newark, NJ 2006
Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ 2005
Atwater Kent Museum, Philadelphia, PA 2005
The Morris Museum Morristown, NJ 2003
Johnson and Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ 2003
Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ 2003
Stedman Gallery, Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arats, Camden, NJ 2002
Atlantic City Arts Center, Atlantic City, NJ 2002
Manchester Craftsman Guild, Pittsburgh, PA 2001
Hopkins House Gallery, Haddon, NJ 2001
Monmouth University, NJ 2001
The Photography Gallery, FLorida International University, Miami, FL 1988
Johnson and Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ 1987 to 1989
Gallery Polynero II, Belgium 1986
Rose Gallery, St. Edwards University, Austin, TX 1986
Midtown Y Gallery, New York, NY 1984

BFA, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY 1980
MFA, University of Texas, Austin, TX 1982

En Foco's New Works Photography Fellowship Awards #13, 2009-10
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Grant 2005

Nueva Luz photographic journal, Volume 17#2 (En Foco: Bronx, 2013)
Nueva Luz volume 14#3 (Summer 2010), Intercambio section by Anne Tucker (En Foco: Bronx, NY)
Small Towns, Black Lives: African American Communities in Southern New Jersey

Artist’s Statement:
The project is a survey of the places that were connected to the system of racially segregated (broadly defined to include Jim Crow imposed segregation, self imposed segregated schools initiated by member of the black community and de facto segregation) schools established in the northern United States.

At the very beginning of W.E.B. DuBois' "The Souls of Black Folk" he describes an early school experience, "... I was different from the others; or like, mayhap, in heart and life and longing, but shut out from their world by a vast veil"

My particular interest is in the regions of the northern “free” states that bordered the slave states (sometimes known as the Up-South, just over the line to freedom) as regions of unique concentrations of black settlements during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Schools for the Colored is the representation of my effort to memorialize these sites.




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