Dale Anderson is a collector who prefers to be ahead of the curve. She learns as she collects and shares what she has learned with curators and other collectors. Anderson began collecting studio glass in the middle of the 1970s when she met Doug Heller, who had a small gallery on Madison Avenue. This led to an exploration of the Studio Crafts movement, which pretty much ended at the close of the 20th century. Concurrently, she built collections of Northwest Coast tribal art (spirit masks, rattles, house posts), and Chinese rank badges and shoes for bound feet. With the turn of the century, she began to collect contemporary photography, focusing on work that both attracts and repels. Anderson was moved by the emerging trend in China, which featured artists who were both documenting change and creating protest pieces. She has traveled to Beijing each year to explore the regional photography scene and has developed a major collection of work that is now being shown in museums around the United States.
Doug Anderson is not a collector, preferring to work as an activist on behalf of artists. He has donated more than 1,200 works from Dale Anderson’s collections to 14 museums in the United States and London. He also sells works that Ms. Anderson has collected.
In 2003, the Andersons co-founded The Association of Israel’s Decorative Arts (AIDA), with Andy and Charles Bronfman. AIDA’s mission is to expose artists from Israel to dealers, collectors, schools, and other institutions in the United States. It has formed partnerships with The Studio, Haystack Mountain School, Penland School, Pilchuck Glass School, and Watershed. AIDA has made it possible for artists from Israel to show their work at SOFA Chicago, The Philadelphia Craft Show, and Craft Boston. AIDA has impacted the lives and careers of a generation of artists in Israel.