Mayor Thomas Menirio honored Rasheed with the prestigious African-American Achievement Award of Arts for his contribution to the inner-city communities in his hometown of Boston, Massachusetts. The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Mu Lambda Omega Chapter, presented Rasheed with the “1997 Image of Excellence Award” in Los Angeles for his accomplishments and contributions in fine arts.
Rasheed made history while touring Tuscaloosa, Alabama by becoming the first African-American artist to be featured at the Junior League/BAMA Art Gallery in its 23 years of existence. Ten of his pieces hang in the First Tuskegee Bank in Montgomery. He was also presented with a "Key to the City" of Montgomery and a special commendation from the Governor of Alabama.
Rasheed’s, “The Bushman,” was chosen as the Human Rights Day poster for Amnesty International and was the featured piece that opened the television show; "Entertainment Tonight” on NBC, "The Bushman” and “Me and Little Sister were featured in the movie “Mantis,” a Fox Network television premiere movie drama based on a black superhero Mantis,” the movie, became a popular television series. It was "The Bushman,” that led Rasheed to become the world-renowned artist he is today Art critics worldwide note that his work demonstrates a strong and powerful sense of perspective and form, which creates three-dimensional representations of true-to-life images.
Rasheed’s entire collection has been featured extensively throughout the U.S., in several prominent art galleries, educational institutions, commercial businesses and many private collections. He is the featured artist in the alumni archives for the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. He was the featured artist for the acclaimed organization “Arts 2000,” which sponsored an art exhibit at the Riverside Museum in Riverside, California. Rasheed’s collection of slides are currently in the Ethnic American Art Slide Library in the University of South Alabama and will become a part of a permanent collection maintained in the archives of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Rasheed was honored as one of KJLH/Disneyland “Proven Achievers, March 4, 2000, for his demonstrated commitment to uplifting the community as a fine artist creating positive images. Currently, Jameel is touring with "Art on Tour", a traveling art exhibition of the best-known names in the world of contemporary African-American art.
“As an African-American artist who is blessed with a creative talent, I feel it is necessary to project positive images through my art so that African-American children can develop a positive outlook on life and be proud of our heritage.”
Rasheed holds a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from Otis Parsons Institute of Design in Los Angeles, an Associate Arts Degree in Fashion Merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Design In Los Angeles, and an honorary Associates of Arts Degree from Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, California. He is also a member of the International Who’s Who of Professionals Organization.