Andrew Dickson completed his MFA at Cal State Long Beach where he had the unique privilege of studying drawing and painting with Domenic Cretara and his graduate committee chair, Yu Ji. Andrew’s aesthetic ideas and artistic practice were profoundly influenced by these two individuals who both emphasized the significance of drawing from life.
Much of Andrew's work has a focus on landscape that is ordinary or often overlooked, and he has a particular artistic interest in the Salton Sea where he spends much of his time painting outdoors. His work has been exhibited at Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China; The Fisher Museum of Art at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; Wright State University, Dayton OH; Manifest Creative Research Center, Cincinnati, OH; The College of the Sequoias, Visalia, CA; The Marks Art Center, Palm Desert, CA; and The Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA.
Andrew is a Professor of Foundation Painting at California State University, Fullerton. He has coordinated CSU Summer Arts courses in the United States, Italy, and France. In 2018-19, Andrew served as the Resident Director of the California State University's International Studies Program in Florence, Italy. Andrew, his wife, and three children reside in Long Beach, CA.