Benson & White Exhibitions Extended

See Both for Free!


(TYLER, TX) September 8, 2011 – Visitors can experience the artworks of two contemporary Texas artists for an extra week at the Tyler Museum of Art. Containment of Thought: Recent Works by Carol Benson and A Little or a Lot: Recent Works by Derrick White comprise works on paper including paintings and collage, as well as three-dimensional artworks and will remain on view through Sunday, September 18. There is no admission charge for either exhibition.

“If you haven’t made it out to see these exhibitions, we are happy to offer you an extra week to enjoy the fantastic works by two artists who share East Texas roots,” said TMA Curator Ken Tomio. “Carol Benson is originally from Athens, Texas and now lives in Fort Worth. Derrick White lives in Tyler and teaches art at Tyler Junior College. As a regional Museum in East Texas, it is part of our mission to showcase works by Texas artists, and having two artists with such close ties to the area makes these exhibitions even more important for the community.”

Containment of Thought: Recent Works by Carol Benson, About the Artist
Carol Benson is a contemporary artist from Fort Worth, Texas who uses everyday objects to communicate her artistic message. By reducing an item to its most basic line and shape, the artist suggests rather than imposes meanings on her viewer. Benson’s work often focuses on the fundamental structure of a subject. Her house paintings show physical layers, from the skeleton of a frame to washes of bright color that cover the structure, suggesting a layering of thought and significance.

Born in Baytown, Texas, Benson earned her MFA in Painting and Drawing from Texas Christian University. Her professional experience includes both solo and group exhibitions across Texas, New Mexico and New York. Influenced by simplicity, Benson attempts to recreate an experience of first-time exploration through her work as an artist.

A Little or a Lot: Recent Works by Derrick White, About the Artist
Derrick White is an artist based in Tyler and art professor at Tyler Junior College. His artwork includes sculpture and paintings, and is typically characterized by a fusion of brush strokes, mixed-media collage, and screen-printing. Interplay between people and objects often contribute to the dynamic composition typical of his art.

The artist earned his BFA and MFA from the University of North Texas. White’s art has been shown in exhibitions across Texas, and he has garnered various awards and recognition over his years as a professional artist. As a child, White drew cartoon characters and pop icons. His current work employs an experimental mix of colors, shapes and images and ranges from the playful to the unusual.

Also on view is Object of Devotion: Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria & Albert Museum now through November 13. Admission for this exhibition is $7 for adults; $5 for students and seniors; and free for TMA Members and children ages 12 and under.

The Tyler Museum of Art, accredited by the American Association of Museums, is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave., adjacent to the Tyler Junior College campus off East Fifth Street. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. (The Museum is closed Mondays and major holidays.) Lunch is available in the Museum Café from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and the TMA Gift Shop is open during Museum hours. For more information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit