Eamon White ’13, Digital Design Alumnus, Has Work Featured Nationally
Meet Eamon White, a 2013 graduate of Merrimack College’s Visual and Performing Arts department. He received his B.A. in Digital Design (now Graphic Design) and is an artist, activist and educator whose work has been featured nationally.
At Merrimack, Eamon White ’13 was highly focused on pursuing his goals in art and athletics. The work White put in as a member of the Merrimack College Football team, and in earning his BA in Digital Design (now Graphic Design), has paid off. Now, he’s a successful artist, educator, coach and activist.
White’s artwork has gone viral, earning national attention as well as the admiration of the NFL community and baseball great, David Ortiz. See Eamon’s Work Featured on David Ortiz’s Instagram
For White, Merrimack made the difference. “The experiences from my friends, professors and coaches at Merrimack helped me to get where I am today,” he said.
Watch White’s Story
Looking to unite people in conversation about the Black Lives Matter movement, which experienced a sharp resurgence throughout 2020, White created a portrait of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man killed by police officers during a May 2020 arrest in Minneapolis. White’s portrait garnered the attention of many — including former Boston Red Sox designated hitter and first baseman David Ortiz. When Ortiz shared the image with his Instagram followers, it went viral.
See Eamon White’s Portrait of George Floyd
White’s portfolio also includes inspiring portraits of Breonna Taylor, Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Martin Luther King Jr. and Kobe Bryant.
In 2020, White brought together two of his loves - athletics and art - and began stylizing cleats. His first client - J.T. Hassell, then with the New York Jets - had White create a pair to promote Lucky Fin Project, an organization that promotes education and awareness of limb differences. This was part of the NFL’s “My Cause My Cleats” campaign. Hassell wore the cleats during a past January game between the Jets and the New England Patriots.
White has stylized a number of other cleats, including a pair (see below) he painted for Cyril Grayson Jr. of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. To see more of White’s artwork, visit his Instagram.
(Photo Credit: Eamon White & Neil Shelley)
In the News
White’s work has been featured in a number of news articles and television segments.
- Merrimack News: Merrimack Alumnus, Artist Brings Together Sport and Activism
- Down East Magazine: Lewiston Teacher Designs Hot Custom Cleats for Pro Athletes
- Lewiston Sun Journal: Eamon White’s Tribute to Black History Month
- WMTW: A Buxton Man Paints Portraits for Black Lives Matter
- WHDH: Maine Man’s Art Captures the Attention of Big Papi, Source Magazine
- WGME: Buxton Man Creates George Floyd Artwork Seen by Millions
- Portland Press Herald: Artist Creates Portrait to Inspire Peace, Unity