Andy Anderson, born in Detroit, Michigan in 1946, grew up in Miami and received his Bachelorís and Masters degree in Art from Florida State University.
Since discovering photography and filmmaking in the late 1960ís Andy had led a double life... producing and directing commercials and feature films (see following) and also creating an extensive body of artworks in film, photography, electronic art, and installations.
His work has been exhibited at (abbreviated list) The Sundance Film Festival (permanent collection), The Museum of Modern Art (permanent collection), The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Atlanta Contemporary, The Nelson Atkins Museum, the Berlin, Munich and Moscow Film Festivals, Ann Arbor Film Festival (Grand Award), Houston Film Festival (Grand Award), Kansas City Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Center for Photographic Studies, Film in the Cities, Filmex, The Kitchen, PS1, and on every major network PPV, and cable channel.
His artwork has been the recipient of three NEA /SW Alternate Media Project production grants. Andy has also written for Universal, Paramount Pictures, Hyperion Pictures and Eddie Murphy Productions.
His work directing major account national commercials (Ford Motor Company, MasterCard, Peace Corps) have won a number of awards.
Andy has also written and directed four independent feature films including the indie hit Positive I.D. 1988 (Universal Pictures) and his most recent theatrical release: Detention (theatrical 2001, DVD release as: Learning Curve) 2003.
His feature Drive-by Shooting was recently curated into the permanent collection of the Australian Center for the Moving Image and has screened for two weeks straight, 24 hours a day, on the German Television Network.
His personal films (Point of View, Ritual, My Father's Hands, Life, Clap, Behavior Modification 6, HR) and his photography and installation works have been widely exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, The California Center for Photography, Camerawork, Magic Silver and others.
Andy has also been honored with the Minnie Piper Stevens Award for Outstanding University Professors as well as the University wide Outstanding Creative Activity/Research Award.
His new artwork, a complex two monitor installation (SENSE:MEMORY), 2009, deals with the concept that limiting information available transforms the perceived value of that information, demanding a reassessment of long held beliefs.
In addition, Andy is completing a new feature screenplay slated for 2011, a new Novel, and a retrospective of his work (42 years @ 24 frames) is currently being finalized for release in 2011.
Andy served as Chair of the Art and Art History Department at the University of Texas at Arlington for five years (1999-2005). and was able to triple major enrollment, double the faculty, construct the new ($6m) Studio Arts Complex and fix the copy machine (staple stuck in the feed tray).
Andy continues as Professor and† Writer in Residence at the University of Texas at Arlington, and lives as a semi-professional recluse in Fort Worth, Texas.