Akili Ron Anderson

Lecturer – Drawing, Painting and Sculpture

Akili Ron Anderson

Akili Ron Anderson is a lifetime resident of Washington, DC. He has successfully practiced as a full time visual artist for more than thirty years. Mr. Anderson provides 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. Media services include still photography, filmmaking, video, computer graphics, special effects and multi-media presentations. Mr. Anderson attended The Corcoran School of Art (1964-1965) and Howard University, School of Arts and Science, Division of Fine Arts (1965-1969), (2005-2008), BFA, MFA. He held the position of Artist in Residence for the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (1971-1973) and was the first chairperson of the Visual Arts Department at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts (Washington DC 1974-1976).

His one-man exhibits include Duke University (Durham NC, 1968), the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, DC, 1973), the Howard University Gallery of Fine Arts (Washington DC, 1973), the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corp. (New York City, NY, 1975), the Weusi Gallery (NYC, 1975), the Miya gallery (Washington, DC, 1976) and The New Muse (Brooklyn, NY, 1977). Mr. Anderson was chosen to exhibit his art work, and perform as a member of “Nation-African Liberation Arts Ensemble”, at the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) in Lagos, Nigeria (1977). Mr. Anderson has also exhibited nationally and internationally in group shows, primarily as a member of the “AfriCOBRA” artist collective. Mr. Anderson has designed theater sets for the Ira Aldridge Theater at Howard University (1969), the Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater (1975) and The DC Black Repertory Theater Company (1974 and 1975).

Mr. Anderson has received art contracts with the following institutions, primarily in Washington, DC, and the Washington DC metropolitan area, where noted.

Stained Glass: John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church (1980) and (1985); Saint Augustine Catholic Church (1990); Union Temple Baptist Church (1992); Howard University Rankin Chapel, (1995); Saint Paul United Methodist Church, Oxon Hill, MD, (1996); Asbury United Methodist Church (1998); Columbia Heights Metro Station, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), (2002); Prince Georges County Courthouse, Duvall Wing, Upper Marlboro, Maryland (2009).

Sculpture: New Home Baptist Church (1982); C & P Telephone Company (1977 and 1979); Southern District Police Station, (Baltimore MD) (1986)
Painting: Imani Temple (1994)

Memberships: NationHouse Organization, Watoto School, (Co-Founder); AfriCOBRA; AFFT; BADC; GABA; NCA