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Darrel Anderson

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Darrell Anderson's passion is to grow at every opportunity
and art provides the tool that carries him around the world. It has become
his lifeline to success. It provides him the opportunity to create as he
experiences day to day living. His philosophy is to give back to the
world what he has freely been given. In his words,
"I get to sing with emotion, taste with color and dance with love.
It allows me to soar with the best of all existence."

Darrell's ability to envision the likeness of various people of the world for these projects comes naturally. After traveling and living in Europe as a child, being stationed in Thailand and serving all over the Orient, as a Race Relations instructor during the Vietnam war, and working for 12 years as Frontier Airline's first male flight attendant, Darrell has become a keen observer. His diversity is shown in the array of commissions he has done, such as the 1993 serigraph of Don Baylor, "Baylor Ball", for the Colorado Rockies Baseball Team; portrait of the celebration of Jackie Robinson's 50th Anniversary with the Colorado Rockies; the "Legends of Golf" for Norwest Bank; B.E.T. Movies' the "Pan-African Film Festival", just to name a few. Anderson's diverse background has offered him the opportunity to be involved in juried and invitational exhibits such as the Cherry Creek Arts Festival and Celebrate Colorado Artists; and one of the latest adventures is being a member of the new Mile High Stadium District's Public Art Advisory Committee.

Capable of expressing his art through several mediums, Anderson has taken on the new challenge of mosaic tiles to accomplish several pubic art commissioned and community projects awarded him. At the new Denver International Airport in Concourse A there are two 8,000 foot square mosaic floors which were completed in 1992. Other exciting public art projects were the RTD, MAC Rail "Art at the Stations" complete in 1996; University of Northern Colorado's mosaic located in their new music library; the Fort Collins Mosaic Mural sponsored by the Boys and Girl Club; the Aurora Community Mosaic Mural, and the Five Points Media Center Mural in Denver

In the summer of 1992, Anderson was invited to represent Denver at "Brest 92" a maritime celebration in Brest/Brittany, Denver's sister-city. He was so well-received and was such an effective ambassador on this artistic and cultural exchange, he was extended an invitation to Burkina Faso's Film Festival 1993 by Alfred Gouba, Mayor of Supone, Burkina Faso, West Africa. He was able to use this opportunity to further expand global cultural appreciation through person to person contact with members of their film making and artistic societies. In 1995, he was invited to teach art workshops on the Navajo Reservation with the Discover III through the University of Arizona; and teaching students from the International School of Hong Kong.

Further travels in 1996 included teaching in Australia and workshops for the gifted program of education. Also included was creating a new curriculum called, "Creative Expressions", for Educational Management Group which was used in public high schools across the country. In the summer of 1997, Anderson's travels continued to take him to Bejing, China, to instruct and participate in the first U.S./Chinese Educational Conference where he conducted creative workshops in the "Interactive Learning Center" with Chinese and American students. Later that year, Anderson returned to Brest, France to create a community mosaic in Kerangoff.

The Lapis Gallery would like to congratulate Darrell Anderson on his receiving of the 1999 Mayor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

The Denver Art Museumís Alliance of Contemporary Art presented the 2004 AFKEY Award to Darrell Anderson by Lewis Sharp on August, 31,2004. The award was for Community Service through out his art career.

Art Students League of Denver
University of Colorado

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