As a person of diverse interests, native Texan Gary Anderson received his Bachelor's degree in art education from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) in 1974 and M.F.A. from the University of Texas in 1984. In 2002 he earned recognition from Professional Photographers of America as a Certified Professional Photographer. Notable during his career as a teacher, are five selections to Who's Who Among America's Teachers as voted by his students. Anderson retired from teaching in 2003.The inclusion of fabrics and sewing in Anderson's work comes from the influence of Anderson's father, who was a furniture upholster, fabric salesman, and machine embroidery craftsman. Gary's school-age summers were spent working by his father's side in a lint-laden, musty, fabric-strewn upholstery shop.Anderson currently works part-time as Coordinator at Georgetown Art Center, in Georgetown, Texas, where he began working as a volunteer in 2013.