Richard J. Watson, an alumnus of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, in Philadelphia, is a multi- faceted artist who is widely recognized as a representational, and collage artist. He has to his credit many public and institutional murals throughout the city of Philadelphia. Liturgical murals within the chapel of the Church of the Advocate, at 18th and Diamond Sts. in North Philadelphia, a mosaic tile centerpiece within the Creative and Performing Arts High School in Philadelphia, and the official portrait of former Mayor of Philadelphia, W. Wilson Goode, in the Mayors Reception Room at City Hall, Philadelphia, are but a few of the genres of expression through which his talents are recognized. A seasoned songwriter and solo performer, on guitar and banjo, he also produces signature brand, one of a kind, art-to- wear fashions, Watson devotes many hours encouraging and advising younger artists, by conducting workshops in schools. He is an adjunct instructor at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Phila, Pa.,and participates on a variety of professional arts panels, juries and advisory boards.He is the Artist in Residence / Exhibits Manager at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, His paintings and murals are included in numerous private and public collections. A partial listing includes:
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pa.
The African American Museum in Philadelphia.
The Uniworld Corporation, New YorK, N.Y.
Brandywine Graphic Workshop, Philadelphia, Pa.
Sprint Corporation, Kansas City, Missouri
La Salle University Museum, Philadelphia, Pa.
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York,
The Federal Reserve Bank Collection, Philadelphia, Pa
Dr. Darryl Ford, Philadelphia,Pa.
Dr. Donald Ford Philadelphia, Pa.
Dr. Constance Clayton Philadelphia, Pa.
Dr. Thermon Booker Norristown, Pa.
Lewis Tanner Moore Warrington, Pa.
Dr. Steven Blake Philadelphia, Pa.
Dr. Sean Green Narberth Pa.
Owen and Sarah Blount