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B.J. Anderson has been creating work in her Torpedo Factory Art Center studio since 1980. Anderson works in several mediums: Watercolor, etching, stone lithography, oil and acrylic on canvas and archival digital images. Her work has earned numerous awards in regional and national competitions. Much of it is inspired by the moods of Cape Cod and New England islands where she has been painting in her summer studio for many years.

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BJ Anderson - The Artist; Martha's Vineyard, October 2005.

Anderson has a special talent for capturing the unique light and color of that area and the way it plays on the water, sand and simple buildings. She often portrays her feeling for a place in the light of early morning or late afternoon when shadows are strongest and people are elsewhere, giving the viewer an intimate feeling of solitude.

She is also well-known for works with very intense, dark skies. In addition to her New England work, Anderson has done a number of images of Old Town Alexandria, many of which have also won awards. She is also continuing work on a series of images based on photographs she took during an extensive European trip. Anderson received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting, cum laude, from Michigan State University in 1973. Her art has been exhibited at many invitational and one person shows around the United States.

The most complete collection of her work is in her studio in the Torpedo Factory, but she also shows in several galleries around the United States. Anderson's work is included in many private, corporate and government collections, including several U.S. embassies.

Honors

  • Selected to display in 7 Foreign Embassies through Department of State


  • Selected by The White House to paint Wooden Easter Eggs for display by the Smithsonian

Publications

  • Artists of the Mid Atlantic - American Artists of Renown


  • College of William and Mary Review

Juror

  • Member's Group Show, Enamelist Gallery, Alexandria, VA 1994 and 1997


  • MBL Photography Show, Woods Hole, MA, 1996


  • Springfield, VA, Art Guild Member Show, 1986


  • Regional Multimedia Show, Falmouth Artists' Guild, Falmouth, MA, 1984

Awards

  • 2002 Lithograph "Since You've Gone" Art League Juried Show


  • 2000 Lithograph "Window Blues" Joy Turner Luke, Nat'l Color Authority


  • 2000 Watercolor "Comes The Summer Rain" Popular Vote, Art League, Alexandria, VA


  • 1999 Lithograph "Shadow Over P'town" D. Tesler, Art League School Faculty


  • 1998 Watercolor "The Red House Remains" Popular Vote, Art League, Alexandria, VA


  • 1998 Silk Screen "Sun Solitaire" Popular Vote, Friends of Torpedo Factory


  • 1997 Lithograph "Summer Memories" F. Wright, Faculty, G.Washington Univ


  • 1997 Lithograph "On The Dunes" F. Wright, Faculty, G.Washington Univ


  • 1995 Watercolor "Summer Bends To Winter" Urquhart Award, Alexandria, VA


  • 1994 Watercolor "Day Is Done" Hecksher Museum Award, Long Island, NY


  • 1993 Lithograph "Stoney End" M.Leithauser, Curator, Nat'l Gallery of Art, DC


  • 1993 Watercolor "Foggy Sunset" C.Chieffo, Faculty, Georgetown Univ.


  • 1993 Watercolor "Day Is Done" Marshall Award, Art League, Alexandria, VA


  • 1991 Lithograph "Dune Light" A. Banks, Prof. Emerita, NOVACC


  • 1990 Lithograph "Gray Ladies" W.Dunlap, WETA TV Art Critic


  • 1990 Etching "Mystique" R.Cohen , Chm.Art, Montgomery College


  • 1989 Lithograph "Waterside" T. Cooper, Adams Davidson Gallery, DC


  • 1989 Watercolor "End Of The Road" Popular Vote, Art League, Alexandria, VA


  • 1988 Etching "Tucket Rockers" D. Adamson, Corcoran School of Art


  • 1988 Lithograph "Tete a Tete" G. Valerio, Dir. Design, Nat. Geographic


  • 1988 Etching "Southern Feelings" FranzBader, Franz Bader Gallery, DC


  • 1987 Watercolor "Tuesday On Main Street" Show, VA House of Delegates, Richmond, VA


  • 1987 Watercolor "October In Woods Hole" F. Wright, G.Washington Univ., DC


  • 1986 Watercolor "Sidney's Town" M. Monroe, Renwick Gallery, DC


  • 1985 Etching "Main Street" F. Wright, G. Washington Univ., DC


  • Numerous other awards between 1979 and 1985

Elected Positions

Invitational and One Person Shows

  • Invitational Group Show, Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD, January 2005


  • Art-O-Matic, Major Washington DC Art Event, December 2004


  • Group Show, Atlantic Gallery, Georgetown, Washington DC December 2003


  • One Person Show, Inova Fairfax Hospital, Spring 2001


  • Two Person Show, Selman Gallery, Falmouth, MA, August 2000


  • Reagan National Airport Show, Washington, DC, February 2000


  • One Person Show, Gibson Island, MD, April 1999


  • One Person Show, Rehoboth, DE, May 1998


  • One Person Show, Georgetown, Washington, DC, February 1998


  • One Person Show, Falmouth, MA, July 1997


  • Capitol Hill Rotunda, Washington, DC, May 1997


  • Petrides Gallery, Cherry Hill, NJ, April 1997


  • Ackerman Gallery, E. Lansing, MI, March 1997


  • "Women Creating 1997", Yarmouth, MA, February 1997


  • One Person Show, Georgetown, Washington, DC, March 1995


  • One Person Show, Great Barrington, MA, August 1994


  • Salmagundi Club, New York City, NY, May 1994


  • Heckscher Museum, Huntington, Long Island, NY, February 1994


  • National Arts Club, New York City, NY, December 1993


  • One Person Show, Annapolis, MD, April 1993


  • Santa Teresa, NM, December 1992


  • Locust Valley, Long Island, NY, September 1992


  • One Person Show, Seacliff, Long Island, NY, June 1992


  • One Person Show, Raleigh, NC, April 1991


  • One Person Show, Williamsburg, VA, March 1991


  • One Person Show, New Brunswick, NJ, March 1989


  • One Person Show, Annapolis, MD, March 1989


  • One Person Show, Falmouth, MA, July 1988


  • One Person Show, Richmond, VA, January 1988


  • Invitational, Wilmington, NC, 1987


  • Invitational, Yorktown, VA, October 1987


  • Numerous other one person and invitational shows between 1979 and 1987 in Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan and the District of Columbia


Gallery Affiliations

  • Aurora Gallery, Annapolis, MD


  • Cardinal Art Gallery, Raleigh, NC


  • Jan Collins Selman Gallery, Falmouth, MA


  • Old Post Office Gallery, Irvington, VA


  • Kevin Butler Gallery, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA

Collections

In private, public and corporate collections around the United States and abroad, including those of;

  • Honorable Bill Bradley (US Senator)


  • Honorable Antonin Scalia (Associate Justice, US Supreme Court)


  • Dr. George Wald (Nobel Laureate)


  • US Department of State


  • DC Superior Court


  • US Embassies in Beijing, China and Africa


  • National Institutes of Health


  • Freddie Mac


  • US Information Agency


  • Texaco, Inc.


  • AT&T


  • Alexandria Hospital


  • Fairfax Hospital


  • Alexandria Public Library System