INTERNATIONAL ARTIST | DESIGNER
I have built a formal art career of teaching and learning experiences that are apparent in the following list of chronological professional career accomplishments.
2013 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation application, accepted and work reviewed, status upgraded to Advanced Professional
2010-2012 Installation Designer/Donor for “Dining by Design” to raise funds for HIV/AIDS work at San Francisco General Hospital, California
2010 Executive music producer and CD design/layout for the “Thank you Father”, R&B gospel music CD, for gospel music writer and singer Everett Jones
2010 Black entertainment TV production. The celebration of life, “The Man, The Music, The Ministry” gospel music celebrity Walter L. Hawkins, Paramount Theatre, Oakland, CA. live to tape with special inserts of art work created especially for the Bobby Jones “Lift Every Voice” television tribute production. Word global TV network. The celebration of life for gospel music giant, Bishop Walter L. Hawkins with special inserts of my art work.
2009 Completed a series of 3’x4’ canvas, acrylic and mixed media – (10) paintings titled “Jewels of Gospel Music” and song created to visually document the forty-year celebration of “Oh Happy Day” for celebrity gospel singer and writer, Edwin Hawkins – a.k.a. the father of contemporary gospel music.
2008 Completed a series of 20x30 paper, acrylic and mixed media paintings titled “Jewels of Jazz on my Mind”. Various jazz musicians are depicted in a mardi gras mask style – (13) paintings.
2008 Appointed Alameda County Arts Commissioner under County Supervisor Keith Carson, 5th District,
1987-2003 Collaborated with Hollywood giants such as George Lucas Industrial Light Magic (ILM-Special Effects and model building divisions) for their classroom visits and workshops for the past nineteen years in Oakland and in San Francisco.
1983-2003 Start Art Television Series
I created and began producing and hosting the “Start Art Series” in 1983 for cable channel 13, KDOL Oakland Unified School District, as a project for students to learn the skills of television production; for teachers to learn to combine art with their subject matter; for emerging artists in the community; and for the community at large as cultural awareness of community diversity. I appeared as Dr. Don, the Wizard of Art. The tapes were rebroadcast by Peralta Community College Cable, Channel 47; United Artists Cable TV 3, now TC1 Alameda Cable TV 3; Sacramento Community Cable Foundation TV 18; and Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium, TV 30. The total audience was estimated to be more than 400,000 viewers. The series was also viewed in Russia, China and Japan. Many of my productions featured local and national celebrities who, as volunteers, brought knowledge of their craft to students and the community. Each of the interviewees was the focus of a Start Art production. They were important to the art being featured, with their careers serving as motivation to the student participants.
Hosted and interviewed:
The Start Art programs and classroom visits generated a large amount of publicity for me as producer that resulted in many newspaper articles and television interviews.
Television Interviews as interviewee:
1999 Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Business (OBA) special jurors award for outstanding community leadership in art education
1992 US department of Education Fulbright/Hays Scholar, Peoples Republic of China
1990 Prestigious Japan Foundation Scholar award, Japan
1989 First American artist to exhibit at the Leningrad Library, (USSR) and exhibited at the Troitsk Exhibition Building, Troitsk, (USSR) and awarded a Congressional Award from the US Congress for my art education activities as an ambassador in Russia (USSR)
1989 Individually raised $156,000 in art scholarships to the Academy of Art in San Francisco for my high school beginning to advanced art classes for graduating and summer art course students over a three year duration, within the Oakland Unified School District.
1984/1985 Recipient of two Marcus A. Foster Educational Institute Grant awards for new notions “Start Art” TV series.
1983 California State Department of Education master teacher/mentor leadership award
1983 The Donald O. Greene School of Arts and Crafts, Inc., Berkeley, CA – (not active)
1978 Charles Harrison Mason Scholarship Foundation (COGIC) award for dedication to community leadership
1975 Design/Illustration for children’s book written by author and poet laureate Maya Angelo
1971 Distinguished Service Award finalist “Man of the Year”, Berkeley Jay-Cees
1969 Designed a record cover (LP) “Hebrew boys” for Edwin Hawkins – a.k.a. the father of contemporary gospel music. Buddha records, New York, NY
2011 California Home & Design Magazine, Jan/Feb
2007 Jerry Thompson and Duane Deterville – Black Artist in Oakland
2000 The International Design Magazine – Advertisements, May-Hostpro Net
1999 Falk, Peter Hastings – Who Was Who in American Art (400 years of Artist in America)
1975 Frye, Daniel J. – African American Visual Artist and Annotated Bibliographical of Educational Resource Materials
1973 Cederholm, Theresa Dickenson – Afro-American Artist - A Bio-Bibliographical-Directory
1971 Walker, Roslyn – A Resource Guide to visual arts of Afro-Americans - South Bend, IN
1969 Lewis/Waddy – Black Artist on Art, Vol. 1