Biographical Profile

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