James Akers

James Akers

Norfolk, VA, USA


James Akers is an artist, educator and mad scientist who has an explosive approach to making. Born in 1993 in Maryland, Akers graduated from Alfred University in 2015 with an addiction to glass, neon, and electricity. Thriving on change and fascinated by waves of all kinds: sound, light, and electricity, he in synthesizing a new mindset: the "Hackerartist". James Akers has shown his work internationally, been the recipient of public art commissions and has received numerous awards and grants for his practice. Currently, Akers is teaching neon at the Chrysler Museum of Art, is a neon bender at Riehl Deal Neon, a member of the Glass Wheel Studio Artist Program and is packaging ideas on art and life by creating a series of highly exhibitable electric sculptures.


  • accept commissions
  • neon
  • casting
  • glassblower
  • flame/lampworking
  • bender of circuits and neon


2401 Fawn Street
Norfolk, VA 23504