Akili Ron Anderson
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  • Washington, DC
  • United States

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Akili Ron Anderson is a lifetime resident of Washington, DC, born to Russell Anderson and Frances Holmes. He has successfully practiced as a full time visual artist since 1970. Mr. Anderson creates art for the visual enhancement needs of cultural, religious and public institutions. He designs, fabricates and installs stained glass windows, sculptural forms, fine art paintings and theater sets. Mr. Anderson is also well versed in still photography, cinematography, computergraphics, special effects and multi-media presentations.

Mr. Anderson graduated from Cardozo High School in 1964. He attended The Corcoran School of Art (1964-1965) and Howard University, School of Arts and Science, Division of Fine Arts (1965-1969) and (2005-2008). He received his BFA and MFA from Howard University in 2008.

Mr. Anderson held the position of Artist in Residence for the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (1971-1973). He was the first chairperson of the Visual Arts Department at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts (Washington, DC 1974-1976). Mr. Anderson is a cofounder of NationHouse Organization (Watoto School) and a board member of the African Freedom Fund Treasury and Black Artists of DC. Mr. Anderson is presently teaching full time in the Department of Art at Howard University.

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At 9:00am on April 30, 2014, Monica Exum said…

I was not in the mood to paint until I viewed your work.  Then I thought, I have a lot of work to do!!!!  The stained glass artwork is mesmerizing.  When I visit churches, I like to view the architecture and stained glass pieces. 

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