Artist Profile

Wayne White

b. 1957

Wayne White is an American artist, art director, illustrator, and puppeteer. Born and raised in Chattanooga, White has used his memories of the South to create inspired works for film, television, and the fine art world. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University, Wayne traveled to New York City where he worked as an illustrator for The East Village Eye, The New York Times, Raw Magazine, and The Village Voice. In 1986, Wayne became a designer for the hit television show Pee-wee’s Playhouse, and his work was awarded with three Emmys. After traveling to Los Angeles with his wife, Mimi Pond, Wayne continued to work in television and designed sets and characters for shows such as Shining Time Station, Beakman’s World, Riders In The Sky, and Bill & Willis. He also worked in the music video industry, winning Billboard and MTV Music Video Awards as an art director for seminal music videos including The Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tonight, Tonight” and Peter Gabriel’s “Big Time.” In recent years, White has had success as a fine artist and has created paintings and public works that have been shown all over the world.



Works in Our Collection

Wayne White
You Call This A Painting
Acrylic on offset lithograph, 2002
28 1/2 x 40 inches
Gift of Eric Mellencamp