Profile: Big Al’ Carter (1947-2008)

Allen Dester Carter known as Big Al’ Carter, was an Alexandria, Virginia artist and public school art teacher in Washington, D.C.

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When profiled by The Washington Post Magazine in May 2006, Carter estimated that he had 20,000 works of art—”from intricate etchings to enormous Day-Glo paintings”—in the 900-square-foot space where he lived.

Carter received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio in 1972 and returned to Washington to do post-graduate work and teach at American University. In 1995 he received an Honorary Master of Fine Arts degree, also from the Columbus College of Art and Design.

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