The Artist

Roy Hawkins, Jr. is an American artist, model, activist, and educator from Brownsville, Tennessee.  In addition to degrees in Studio Art and Art Education, Roy has studied art and digital photography at Pallazzi Florence University of the Arts in Florence, Italy, where he participated in his first international exhibit – “A Nod is as Good as a Wink.”  He has been featured in eight art shows, including his most recent collection, “Vision from Heaven,” which is a series of [acrylic] paintings with a religious theme where each painting has a 3-dimensional element.

 “My intentions are to produce art that expresses an absolute consciousness of what surrounds me;  I am influenced by everything that I see, hear, feel and experience,” Roy says.

“I have loved art and have been drawing since 1st grade.  I used my artistic abilities to make friends throughout school,” Roy says.  “Although I love making art, I just began painting a few years ago.  Painting was never my strong medium to use. I preferred using pastels, charcoal, pencil and other dry mediums that I could manipulate with my fingers.  I began painting primarily in 2012 when I began going through several personal crisis.  Painting became a cathartic experience which allowed me to work through stress.”

The Educator

Roy attended the University of Tennessee at Martin, and received his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Studio in 2001, before going on to attend the University of Memphis, where he received his MAT in Art Education, Master’s of Science in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership, and a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Computer Applications.  Roy is a proud Haywood County native and currently teaches art in Haywood County Schools.

Philosophy of Education:

“I believe that every child has the capacity to learn and it is our responsibility to teach them.  I use the word “our” in reference to parents, the community, and teachers.  Arts education allows students to use their creativity in expressing their uniqueness.  According to research, schools with a well-structured arts education program enhances the emotional well-being of children and their readiness for learning.  Multiculturalism in art education is imperative because our culture is the product of various ethnic , racial, and religious groups.    As an art teacher I feel that the cultural backgrounds of students should be incorporated within lessons and used as tools for understanding these various cultures.   Our charge as art educators is to help each individual student to use their creativity to the best of his or her ability regardless of their socioeconomic background or culture.”

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The Model

Roy is a published model with Ultimate Model Management in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been featured over 30 times in various magazines, newspapers and calendars.
He has worked with several well-known photographers in the Atlanta, GA, St. Louis, MO, Nashville and Memphis ,  TN regions.

The Activist

National Child Abuse Statistics suggest that 9.2% of reported child abuse cases are related to sexual abuse.

Many children suffer through this issue without feeling as if they have an advocate and the necessary support.
As an individual who was personally affected by this situation, Roy Hawkins, Jr. has dedicated himself to the prevention and eradication of child sexual abuse.
He is also committed to assisting those who have been affected and are working toward the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing process.

The Actor

Roy is an actor, currently represented by Graham Entertainment in Nashville, TN.  He has been in 5 feature films and 8 television shows, including:

  • Brave New Jersey (to be released later this year)
  • Birth of a Nation
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip
  • Mockingjay Part 1 and 2
  • Nashville [ABC/ CMT]
  • Million Dollar Quartet [CMT]
  • Satisfaction [USA]
  • Survivor’s Remorse [STARZ]
  • Have’s and the Have Nots [OWN]
  • The Game [BET]
  • Single Ladies [VH1]
  • Fatal Attraction [TV One]

He has also been in several commercials and print ads including Office Depot, Tractor Supply Company and The Home Depot.


The Author

Stay tuned for the Fall 2017 book release of “From ROY-AL© to a Royal Priesthood: Walking Away from a Dream to a Miracle” authored by Roy Hawkins, Jr.

You can learn more about Roy and his work by visiting the following sites: