Esther S White is an artist, mother, curator, educator, self-publishing evangelist, and unschooler. She makes functional pottery with imagery from mythology and heroic poetry. Her artists’ books, textiles, and prints reveal an experimental approach to materials and an interest in personal history. Esther’s work in printmaking examines identity, invisible illness, the Internet, motherhood, and instant imagery.
Esther is a curator of innovative exhibitions and programs. One half of Fugitive Arts, she co-founded the Northampton Print & Book Fair in 2015. Fugitive Arts is an experimental collaborative arts organizing project with a focus on the artistic potential of self-publishing.
Esther’s artwork has been exhibited locally and internationally, most notably at the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Art in Havana and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Her books are in the special collections of the SMFA Boston, the Fleet Library at RISD, Flasch Artists’ Book Collection at SAI Chicago, Beinecke Library and Haas Arts Library at Yale University, and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Alberta. Esther’s prints are available through the Zea Mays Printmaking Flat File Project.
Esther earned a BA in Studio Art and Art History with departmental honors from Barnard College, Columbia University in 2007. At Barnard, Esther studied printmaking and photography in an interdisciplinary, conceptual-art focused studio program.
Born in Cambridge, MA, Esther lives and works in Northampton, MA with her spouse and two children.