Featured Artist

Art Dillard

ARTHUR DILLARD is a nationally renowned and accomplished artist whose work has been exhibited throughout the United States in galleries and museums in Florida, Georgia, Virginia and Pennsylvania, Maryland, Texas, North Carolina and New York as well as the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. His work was viewed with appreciation at a National gala commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Brown vs Board of Education Decision in Washington, D.C. Mr. Dillard's work in in various private collections and museums, including the Art Museum of the Bethune Cookman University in Daytona Beach.

Arthur served on the Board of Manatee County Cultural Alliance and was a Board Member and Founder of the Manatee County African American Festival of the Arts. In 1988, he received a Proclamation from the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners for establishing this landmark cultural festival. He has lectured on collecting African American Art at Tuskegee University, Bethune Cookman University, and State College of Florida. Mr. Dillard teaches watercolor classes for the Hillsborough County Library Systems. He also conducts classes and demonstrations for Sun City Art Center since 2013. Arthur was commissioned 2014 by The Newtown Bicentennial Committee, Sarasota, Florida to paint a historical painting for the City's 100th year Anniversary.

Due to his unique style of painting watercolor portraits, he has been the recipient of many awards including the Best of Show with the portrait of his Aunt Easter in the Manatee County Art League Portrait and Figures Show. Dillard also won the merit award three consecutive years at "Fiesta in the Park Art Festival" in Orlando, the Distinguished Artist Award at the 2003 Fall Festival, the Santa Fe College Award at the 2005 Fall Festival, second place at the 2004 "Festival in the Park" in Charlotte, North Carolina and best of show 2014 Lakewood Ranch Art Festival.

Arthur Dillard and his paintings have been featured in Jet Magazine and on the front page of the Bradenton Tribune along with a full-page article. Dillard's signature painting, Emergin' of a Queen was the official poster for the First Annual Manatee County African American Festival of the Arts and was also displayed on the front cover of the Manatee County Government's Public Library monthly newsletter. Arthur's The Making of a King painting was featured in Sarasota's Arts and Entertainment Magazine. He was commissioned by the National League of Negro women to paint a portrait of its founder, Mary McCleod Bethune. Arthur's painting, Finger Tips, was used for the cover of UMOJA magazine.

Mr. Dillard holds a B.S. Degree from Florida A&M University. His studio is located in Bradenton, Florida.

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