Mr. Nathaniel Allen III was born in the Mississippi Delta but grew up primarily in Lansing, Michigan.
He earned a BFA in Painting at Michigan State University and an MFA in Painting at the University of Mississippi.
Mr. Allen has previously worked as a website production assistant, a commercial printer and has owned and operated his own retail store specializing in art supplies comic books, cult movie rentals and toys.
He has taught art courses at a variety of institutions including:
The Flint Museum of Art - Flint, MI; Greater Lansing Artspace - Lansing, MI; Volunteer State University - Gallatin, TN; Watkins College of Art and Design - Nashville, TN; and, Tennessee State University - Nashville, TN.
He served as Director of Visual Studies at Andrew College from 2004 through 2008 and began work as an Assistant Professor of Art at Alabama State University in 2009. Mr. Allen has since then been promoted to Associate Professor of Art and was appointed to Chair of the Visual Arts Department at Alabama State University in 2016.
Mr. Allen has created commissioned portraits, mural paintings, book and magazine illustrations, logo designs, won a variety of awards in juried art exhibitions and had sequential artwork published in the British horror anthology “Hallowscream.”
In addition, Mr. Allen has written and performed original music with the band The LG’s. He comes from a talented family which includes most notably his Aunt, Denise LaSalle and Uncle, James “Son” Thomas, one of the last of the Mississippi Delta blues men.
Both his parents were educators in their profession and musicians as their passion.
Mr. Allen currently resides in Montgomery AL with his wife Kristina and daughter Hanna.