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artist , writer , poet

Mary Tarr Whitehurst, American artist, poet, writer. Recipient Clement Gueenberg award of distinction Museum Fine Arts, Roanoke, 1976, Grumbacher Gold medal Society Water Color Artists, 1995; art department named in honor New River Community College, Dublin, Virginia, 1994.

Background

Whitehurst, Mary Tarr was born on November 20, 1923 in Norfolk, Virginia, United States. Daughter of Henry Bennitt and Martha Ida Tarr.

Education

Student, College William & Mary, 1940-1942;student, Wytheville Community College, 1968;student, Sullins College, 1976-1980;student, Virginia Western Community College, 1988.

Career

Docent Museum Fine Arts, Roanoke, Virginia, 1973-1975. Director, endowing member Fine Arts Center of New River Valley, Pulaski, Virginia, 1980-1993. Charter, endowing member Bristol Museum Fine Arts, Virginia/Tennessee, 1975-1980.

Benefactor, member Arts Foundation Radford University, Virginia, since 1991.

Works

  • Other Work

    • One-woman shows include Museum Fine Arts, Roanoke, Virginia, 1977, Emory & Henry College, Emory, Virginia, 1982, Radford University Art Gallery, Virginia, 1991, Ashland Area Art Galery, Kentucky, 1993, Virginia Polytech. Institute & State University, Blacksburg, since 1985, New River Community College Foundation, since 1985, College William & Mary, Williamsburg, 1995. Endowment Polytechnic Institute & State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, 1998.

      Author: (poetry) Silent As Birds, 1997.

Membership

Endowing member Virginia Polytech. Institute & State University, Blacksburg, since 1985, New River Community College Foundation, since 1985, College William & Mary, Williamsburg, 1995. Member Virginia Polytech.

Foundation, Blacksburg, Virginia. Member Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club (Joyce Williams water color award 1985), Midwest Transparent Water Color Society (signature member), Virginia Water Color Society (director 1994), Alabama Water Color Society, Blacksburg Regional Artists Association, Allied Artists (associate), Southern Water Color Society (two awards 1997, Blue Ribbon winner 2000).

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocations: travel abroad, art collection, history, philanthropy.

Connections

Married Jerry Rutter Whitehurst, December 24, 1943. Children: Henry Armistead, Jeffrey Tarr, Martha W. Bryant.

father:
Henry Bennitt

mother:
Martha Ida Tarr

spouse:
Jerry Rutter Whitehurst

children:
Henry Armistead Whitehurst

Jeffrey Tarr Whitehurst

Martha W. Bryant Whitehurst