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About Fritz White

As I kick-off the 2nd Annual Black Artist Contest in honor of my dad, Fritz White, it’s fitting that I share more about the man who I’ve admired my entire life.

My dad was the seventh of eight boys born in Georgetown, Guyana. Early in his career as air traffic controller, he relocated to Barbados, where he met my mom, Eglantine, and they married in 1959. They immigrated to New York the following year, settling in Brooklyn where they would raise my older sister, Jacqueline, and me.

Striving hard to provide for his family, my dad pursued a college education at night for over a decade while working multiple jobs. During his career, he held positions in both customer service and finance.  He retired in 1998.

My dad was an active member of his church, where he served as assistant treasurer, treasurer, and warden, utilizing his accounting background. 

A true gentleman, my dad was charming and tall – an imposing figure at 6’2”, with a commanding presence and a statesman’s demeanor. Always with a smile, his warmth and laughter were infectious. He loved traveling and seeing the world. He was an avid reader, an intellectual, and a philosopher who had an insatiable quest for knowledge. He could converse on almost any topic from politics to world history to current events. His wise and insightful discussions left you in awe of his vast knowledge, his humbleness inspired you – he truly relished imparting knowledge to others. A consummate giver who adored his family, he was known for his kind and compassionate spirit. My dad passed away on April 2, 2020, after contracting Covid-19 during a stay in a New York hospital.

When I opened Oasis Accents in 2017, my dad often coached me about my business, and one of his suggestions was that I sell black art. I didn’t immediately act upon his advice because I naively thought I didn’t have the right audience. But his instincts were right.  My dad had a thirst for exploring and experiencing different cultures, loved all types of art, and knew its historical significance would bring value to my customers. Last year I launched the 1st Annual Black Art Contest in my dad’s honor.  I’m thrilled to continue this tradition to honor my dad and showcase talented black artists in the North Texas area.

Contest Guidelines

Eligibility

Black or African American artists who are at least high school age. Artists must live in the North Texas area.

Awards

$500.00 for first place winner

Second and third place

Exhibition at Oasis Accents

Type of Art

Any paintings (abstract and black art) on canvas or wood will be accepted. No sculptures or photography will be accepted.

Size

Art must be no smaller than 24”  x24” or 24”W x 36”H or greater than 48” x 48” or 48”W x 60”H.

Guidelines

All art is an original concept of the artist.

Apply for entry by completing form below. Deadline is August 25th at 11:59 p.m.

Enter up to three submissions.

Submit artwork in-person at Oasis Accents on September 1-3 from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 5285 Dallas Parkway, Suite 405, Frisco, TX 75034.

Key Dates

August 4-25: Apply For Entry

August 26: Acceptance Notification

September 1-3: In-Person Submission

September 9: Judging

September 10-17: Art Exhibition at Oasis Accents

September 18: Reception for winner and participants

For Information

Email: oasisaccents@gmail.com

Jurors

Peter Burns, Veteran & Retired Corporate Executive

Tammy Suh Meinershagen, Chairperson, Frisco Arts Foundation

Will Odom, Board Member, Frisco Arts Foundation

Angelia Pelham, City of Frisco, Councilperson