June 02, 2010


ALLIANCE, Ohio - Joel Collins, professor and chair of the art department at Mount Union College, was awarded the Dr. Robert T. and Phyllis S. White Endowed Chair in Art at a reception on Thursday, May 10.

Dr. Robert T. White of Alliance established the Chair to honor a faculty member who has had significant achievements in the field of art and has helped prepare students for meaningful work in that field.

Dr. White, a retired physician and native of Alliance, is well-known and highly regarded throughout the Mount Union and Alliance communities.

After serving in the United States Navy in World War II, he enrolled in and graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1947. In 1952, he graduated from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where he also completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology.

His community involvement includes serving as a board member of the Alliance Community Hospital and as a member of the board of directors at the First National City Bank and Bank One of Alliance. In 1987, he was the first recipient of the YMCA Service to Youth Award and in 1996, received the McKinley Fellow Award from Mount Union.

Dr. White and his wife, Phyllis Siddall, were married for 50 years before her death in 1995, and have two grown children and two grand children.

A native of Northfield, New Jersey, Collins received his bachelor of arts degree in 1969 from Alderson Broaddus College and his master of fine arts degree from West Virginia University in 1976

Before joining the Mount Union faculty in 1978, he was an instructor of art at Bethany College. He also taught briefly at West Virginia Northern Community College and Penn State University, and was a social studies, art and English teacher at West Virginia Industrial School for Boys.

In addition to teaching, Collins maintains an art studio where he produces drawings to enter in national, juried competitions. Among the most recent exhibits he has participated in are The Great Plains National 2000-Sixth Annual Exhibition held at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas and the Butler Institute of American Art's 64th Area Artists Annual Exhibition where he received the Top Juror Prize for a drawing entitled Sam, Dozing. Collins also has participated in the Border to Border 7 National Show at Austin Peay State University where, in1999, he received a purchase award for his drawing Corner Simpson & Miller #1 and where his work is now included in the Lawson Drawing Collection, and the Wright State University bi-annual competition.

The White Chair was first held by James Hopper during 1999-2000 prior to his retirement in June of 2000.

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