robert curtis anderson
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art work and architectural designs

Art Work:

The original inspiration for these collages, paintings, and line drawings are my Nordic heritage, a culture deeply sympathetic to mood.  In Norway, mood is rendered through the built form, layered impressions, the mountains, the fjords, and the clouds.  Mood is communicated also through the use of indirect and constricted light, a revealing of blurred and muted light that deepens tones and emphasizes its subjects in a different way.  Shadows grow deeper as the light becomes cooler, and there is a transformation in vegetation and urban settings as subtle hues express varying shades of darkness.  My ability to express variations of Nordic light and texture develops from my personal experiences with topography, vegetation, and under-explored urban settings.  Quality of light and form is significant in my work as it conveys mood, often relating my New England subject matter to my cultural past.  As an artist, I constantly search the New England landscape for similar expressions of mood. Twilight, abnormal rock formations, clusters of trees branches, rainstorms, swift cloud accumulations, natural and built juxtapositions, narrow views that constricts values of light, and rapidly approaching fronts, all serve to connect me to me Nordic sensibilities.

Photographic Work:

My photographic work involves capturing crisp colorful forms and patterns, along with unusual and oblique angles and perspectives to bring attention to architectural and cultural scenes.  Layered views are also critical; to construct a narrative or hint of mystery with regard to juxtaposed forms.  For the most part these works are stand-alone images, and at times they are reference photos of inspiration, contemplation, and amusement.

Architectural Work:

Outside of the classroom, design work has been the focus of my career, relying on kitchen and room renovations, deck designs, exterior renovations, as well as full-service house construction.  I have found it important to ground my teaching in design work, in order to provide students with current trends and ideas in construction, material use, and representation.

Biography:

In 2007, Rob was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to travel to Poland and Russia, where he studied the art and design education systems of both countries.  Most recently, in 2014, Rob completed his PhD with Tilburg University (in association with the Taos Institute).  His dissertation is titled: "Authenticity and Architecture: Representation and Reconstruction in Context".  This work initially began with coursework at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA).

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Education:

  • Ph.D, 2014, Tilburg University (with the Taos Institute), Tilburg, the Netherlands
  • Ph.D. Coursework, Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, Portland, ME
  • M.A., 2003, Architectural Association, Architectural History/Theory, London, UK
  • B.Arch., 1997, Boston Architectural Center, Boston, MA, US
  • B.F.A., 1992, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, US

Teaching Experience:

  • Faculty Professor, 2014-Present, Boston Architectural College, Boston, MA
  • Adjunct Professor, 2013-Present, Endicott College, Beverly, MA
  • Assistant Professor, 2005-2013, Endicott College, Beverly, MA (tenured 2008-2014)
  • Extended Adjunct Faculty, 2003-2005, Endicott College, Beverly, MA
  • Adjunct Faculty, 2004-2005, Mount Ida College, Newton, MA
  • Visiting Lecturer, 2004-2005, Salem State College, Salem, MA
  • Adjunct Faculty, 2004, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
  • Adjunct Faculty, 2003, Quincy College, Quincy, MA
  • Adjunct Faculty, 2003, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA
  • Lecturer/Faculty, 2003, Boston Center for Adult Education, Boston, MA
  • Thesis Advisor, 2001-2005, Boston Architectural Center, Boston, MA
  • Coordinator Of Thesis, 1999-2001, Boston Architectural Center, Boston, MA
  • Faculty, 1998-2005, Boston Architectural Center, Boston, MA
  • Teaching Assistant, 1998-2001, Boston Architectural Center, Boston, MA
  • Art Instructor, 1994, Greater Boston Aid to the Blind, West Roxbury, MA
  • Woodshop Instructor, 1993, Greater Boston Aid to the Blind, West Roxbury, MA 

Architectural Experience:

  • Private Design Practice, Owner/Designer, 1992-Present.  Projects included: McCarthy Residence, Citicorp Information Services, and MASCO Lansdowne Garage.
  • Private Historic Preservation Consulting, Owner/Researcher, 1998-Present.  Projects included: Ashdown House (MIT) and Arlington Street Church.
  • Historic American Building Survey, Architectural Technician, 1998.  Projects included: Katherine Graham Residence, Halcyon House, Dumbarton House, Tudor Place, Heinz/Kerry Townhouse, and J. Carter Brown Residence.
  • Angelo Kyriakides Architects, Architectural Designer/Model Builder, 1997.
  • Powers and Company, Inc., Architectural Designer, 1993-1998.
  • Powers and Company, Inc., Architectural Intern, 1990-1992.
  • Design Guild, Architectural Intern, 1988.
  • Architectural Access Board, Volunteer Inspector, 1987-1988.


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For enquiries, sale of art work, architectural services, and further information, please email Robert Anderson at:
rca@robertcurtisanderson.com

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Acrylic Paintings, Collage, and Mixed Media Work
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Watercolours, Line Drawings, and Photographic Work
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