Wheaton Conversations: Wendel White & Glynnis Reed

Wheaton Conversations:
Wendel White & Glynnis Reed

Watch the Sept. 24, 2020 recording above

Become captivated by the powerful artworks of accomplished artists Wendel White and Glynnis Reed as they discuss their creative process, traditions of African American art and photography, and their approaches to interweaving identity with nature and place.

White, a Distinguished Professor of Art and American Studies at Stockton University is known for his landscapes and portraits of African-American cultural history. His work has received numerous awards, grants, and fellowships, including a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Photography, with works represented in museum and corporate collections throughout the country. Reed is a professional artist with an MFA from the University of California. She works in various mediums, including photography, mixed media, and poetry, and has been exhibited across the United States and internationally. She is interested in various themes, including the representation of black women, particularly in relation to natural landscapes, identity, and place.

This event is part of “Wheaton Conversations,” a new virtual series highlighting select artists with ties to WheatonArts! To see the full schedule of conversations, Click Here. 

Headshot of Wendel A. White.

Wendel A. White was born in Newark, New Jersey, and grew up in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. He was awarded a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York and an MFA in photography from the University of Texas at Austin. White taught photography at the School of Visual Arts, NY; The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, NY; the International Center for Photography, NY; Rochester Institute of Technology; and is currently a Distinguished Professor of Art & American Studies at Stockton University. 

He has received various awards and fellowships including a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Photography, three artist fellowships from the New Jersey State Council for the Arts, Bunn Lectureship in Photography, Anne Reeves Artist-in-Residence (Arts Council of Princeton),  and grants from Center Santa Fe (Juror’s Choice), the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and the New Works Photography Fellowship from En Foco. 

His work is represented in museum and corporate collections including: Duke University; New Jersey State Museum; California Institute for Integral Studies; Graham Foundation for the Advancement of the Fine Arts, Chicago, IL; En Foco, New York, NY; Rochester Institute of Technology; The Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL; Haverford College, PA; University of Delaware; University of Alabama; and the NYPL Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NY. 

White has served on the board of directors for the Society for Photographic Education, three years as board chair. He has also served on the Kodak Educational Advisory Council, NJ Save Outdoor Sculpture, the Atlantic City Historical Museum, and the New Jersey Black Culture and Heritage Foundation. White was a board member, including three years as board chair, on the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. He currently serves on the New Jersey Memorial Martin Luther King Jr. Commission and the advisory boards of the Atlantic City Arts Foundation and State of the Arts NJ.

Recent projects include; Red SummerManifest, Schools for the Colored, Village of Peace: An African American Community in Israel, Small Towns, Black Lives, and others. 


Headshot of Glynnis Reed.

For well over a decade, Glynnis Reed has worked as a professional visual artist, writer, and scholar. Born in Los Angeles, California, she currently lives and works in Southern New Jersey.  In her artistic practice, Ms. Reed explores identity and place and the complexities of one’s relationship with the self and others. Her art engages narratives of love and loss, fulfillment and emptiness, shadow and light. She works in photography, mixed media, collage, painting, poetry, and creative non-fiction in a diverse creative methodology that reflects her conceptual approach to the communication of her ideas. Ms. Reed will begin doctoral studies in Art Education and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Pennsylvania State University in Spring 2021.

Glynnis Reed graduated with an MFA in Studio Art from the University of California, Irvine.  She has exhibited her work extensively at the local, national, and international levels and had a solo exhibition at the Kunstraum Arcade Gallery in  Austria. Her work has been on view at the DePaul University Museum in the show “Double Exposure: African Americans Before and Behind the Camera,” which traveled across the United States. Galleries and museums that have shown Ms. Reed’s work include the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA; Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA; the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA; the University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI; the Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ; Allens Lane Art Center, Philadelphia, PA; Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL; Ocean City Arts Center, Ocean City, NJ; and the Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA. She was a 2011 Artist in Residence at AIR Krems in Krems, Austria. She is a recipient of the “Visions From the New California” award.  Her series “Elements of Love” was exhibited with the work of photographer Hannah Price at Richard Stockton University, Galloway, NJ. Ms. Reed’s work was also featured in a 20-year retrospective exhibit at the Atlantic Cape Community College Art Gallery, Mays Landing, NJ. Her visual art is represented by Salt Fine Art Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA.

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