Jerome T. White ’88


“Being inducted into the Heights Hall of Fame means that throughout all of the ups and downs, somehow in my life journey, the blueprint for success manifested in the path choices I made. It recognizes that I did something right, something that has value to share with the rest of the world.”

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” ~ Dr. Maya Angelou

A long-time artist-educator at his alma mater, Jerome considers Paul Goodnight, John T. Biggers and Charles White as key artistic influencers that shape his style, which reflects spiritual symbolism highlighting social and historical themes. His finely-honed, critical eye and keen sensibilities create an ability to capture the challenges, adversity, talent, beauty and endurance of the African-American race on canvas. As his work evolves, Jerome plans to continue using similar themes but looks forward to taking a different direction in presentation. “Over the past few years, I have used texture and monochromatic color schemes. Presently, I use mixed media, acrylics, and oil paint. I believe that blending different styles together will produce a harmonious balance with my design ideas. I like to compare it to making Gumbo. I want to create a visual experience that will stick to your soul.”

Along with teaching and a side professional artistic career, Jerome actively pursues work as a community artist and activist. Music, sports, family, history, and the human condition are often focal points of this work that makes powerful social justice statements that inspire and encourage thought. Committed to his hometown, Jerome selflessly initiates mural beautification projects in inner-city neighborhoods and he effectively engages community members. Youth participants have been positively encouraged to master their own natural creativity and artistic talents. Jerome’s recent high-profile commissions include Heights’ HOF mural and a nine-arch series for League Park. Those panels represent national and local baseball legends, including those among Cleveland’s Guardians and Buckeyes, a Negro league team.


Tuskegee University

BFA, Baldwin Wallace College

Cleveland Institute of Art

MA, Art Education, Case Western Reserve University

Current Occupation

Art Teacher/Educator, Cleveland Heights High School 

  • Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity 
  • Listed in Cleveland Magazine’s Most Interesting People
  • Published Children’s Book Author and Illustrator, Clearfork Publishing
  • Completed multiple mural projects and exhibits: NASA, League Park, The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, NIKE headquarters in LA, Cleveland Hopkins Airport, Guitar Mania, and Norfolk State
  • Super Bowl champion Travis Kelce’s high school art teacher