Artist Bio : Walter Inglis Anderson

Walter Inglis Anderson

Walter Anderson was posthumously honored on the centennial of his birth by a major exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution’s Arts & Industries building in Washington, D.C. Anderson, who died in 1965, was born in New Orleans on Sept. 29, 1903. His mother was an artist and groomed her four sons to follow in her footsteps. An older brother, Peter, became a master potter and Anderson worked with him designing and decorating pottery for Shearwater Pottery, a family business that is still in operation. During the Depression, Anderson worked for the WPA painting murals

The younger Walter Anderson would often steal away on his bicycle into the wilderness, gripped by depression, a condition he fought for most of his life. Eventually the urge to roam took him to places much farther afield: Texas, Florida, China, South America. He was trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and at New York’s Parsons Institute of Design, and he also studied art in France.

In 1989, Anderson was posthumously awarded the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award. The Walter Anderson Museum of Art opened in Ocean Springs in 1991.