Celia Carl Anderson, Associate Professor of Art (Retired) grew up in the Willamette Valley in Oregon and moved to Alaska in 1979. She holds a BA Degree in Fine Arts from Oregon State University, an MA Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Fine Arts, Arts Education & Anthropology) from Oregon College of Education and an MFA in Illustration (concentration in painting) from Syracuse University. Anderson taught Visual Arts for 10 years at Mat-Su College, Palmer, AK and for 10 years at Kenai Peninsula College (extended site of University of Alaska Anchorage) Kenai, AK. She took a two-year hiatus from UAA to serve as the Art Specialist for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. From 2002 – 2013, she directed the Visual Art Program at Kenai Peninsula College where she also served as Director of the Gary L. Freeburg Gallery. Anderson taught all levels of Drawing, Painting, & Surface Design (Fabric Design). She also served as the Chair of the State of Alaska Alliance for Arts Education for 5 years and Director of the “Integrate the Arts with Integrity” Summer Arts Institute for children and teachers for 2 years.
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Anderson’s great love is painting in any medium or mix of media. Her work is infused with intense energy and always expressive. Anderson uses the human form, usually in socio/political contexts, to raise questions and make people think. Selected Solo exhibitions include Visual Art Center of Alaska, Anchorage Museum of History & Art, Alaska Pacific University & Western Oregon University. Her work is in permanent collections of Museums throughout Alaska, State and municipal collections in AK and universities in Alaska & Oregon. She has done 18 large-scale works for the 1% for Art in Public Places Program for public buildings across Alaska.