Ted Potter died at his home in Richmond, Virginia, on Thursday night, November 2, 2006, after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer.
Potter was associate professor of art at Virginia Commonwealth University.
He was born in 1932 in Springhill, Kansas. He graduated from Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas, and studied at the University of Kansas, the University of California, and earned his M.F.A. in painting in 1961 at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. He served as director of many arts centers in California, Louisiana, Florida, and was known by the grants he garnered for his institutions from national endowments andﾠ foundations. He held a number of important positions in arts administration in the Southeast, most closely identified with SECCA, where he served as director for 24 years,ﾠ and throughout his life he maintained a career as a fine artist
He is survived by his wife, Laura Carpenter, and their twin daughters, Kenan Casteen Potter and Sarah Bethania Potter, of the home; daughters, Christine Potter Wang, of Missouri, Julie Potter Craig and Charlene Potter Hammond, of Baldwin, Kansas, and Kelly Potter Shifflett, of Marlinton; brothers, Orrin Trent Potter, of Baldwin, Kansas,ﾠ and Keith Leverne Potter, of Jonestown, Colorado; and 11 grandchildren.
A tribute to him was held November 11 at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.