I was exposed to Art at a very early age, since then, I have continued a lifelong search in novel ways to teach art, create art and define art.
I taught art for many years at all educational levels. During those years, I found that there are many ways to teach and create art and those ways have not been exhausted.
In my search for the meaning of Art, I have discovered that art is a universal form that has its own language. Art bridges the gap between thinking and feeling, it is a way of seeing and knowing. Art speaks to humanity and is a driver of civilization.
Thomas A. Tucker
About our Juror,
Thomas Asberry Tucker, photographer, artist, art educator, and art director was born in Spartanburg County.
Thomas was educated in Spartanburg City Public Schools and was influenced by his art teachers, Mr. Raymond Floyd and Dr. MacArthur Goodwin. Thomas received a B.A. degree in Art Education from Berea College, Berea, Kentucky. He continued his education at the University of South Carolina receiving an M.A. degree in Art Education and then 30 hours above from the University of South Carolina and Furman University.
Thomas retired from Spartanburg School District Six as an Art Director and Instructor after 42 years in education. He has also worked in the Greenville County School system, the Greenville Museum and as an Adjunct Professor at Presbyterian College.
Thomas has been recognized or nominated as “Teacher of the Year” several times in his career. In 1992 and 2004 Thomas was selected as the South Carolina Art Education Association Middle School Educator of the Year. In 2017 he was awarded the Thomas Hatfield Lifetime Achievement Award by the South Carolina Art Education Association.
Thomas has won numerous awards for art and photography. He has exhibited his work throughout the state of South Carolina. In 2000 Thomas was chosen as one of the photographers in the photo-exchange between Spartanburg and Winterthur, Switzerland.
Thomas’ work has been published in “Artist Among Us” 2011, “Hub City Anthology 1” 1996 and “Hub City Anthology 2” 2000.