Wayne White

Mark A Herndon

In 2009, photographs of Wayne White's art were collected in a 400-page hardcover book, Maybe Now I'll Get The Respect I So Richly Deserve. White had worked for years behind the scenes at children's shows such as Pee Wee's Playhouse, designing puppets and sets. He was also the art director for music videos such as Peter Gabriel's "Big Time."

His artistic sensibilities influenced many young viewers. But few knew his name.

The documentary Beauty Is Embarrassing tells Wayne White's story.  White, who grew up in Hixson in the 1970's, longed to leave Chattanooga and become an artist.  After college, he moved to New York City and wound up as an Emmy-winning set designer and puppeteer on Pee-Wee's Playhouse.  He also was the art director for Peter Gabriel's Big Time music video.