ARTHUR DILLARD is an accomplished artist whose studio is located at 318 Old Main Street, Bradenton, FL. He holds a B.S. Degree from Florida A&M University and his work has been exhibited throughout the United States. Arthur served on the Board of Manatee County Cultural Alliance and was a Board Member and Founder of the Manatee County African American Festival ofthe Arts. In 1988, he received a Proclamation from the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners for establishing this landmark cultural festival.
His work has been shown in galleries and museums in Florida, Georgia, Virginia and Pennsylvania. In Addition; Dillard's artwork has been shown throughout the United States including Philadelphia, PA, Baltimore, MD, Norfolk, VA, Atlanta, GA, Houston, TX, Charlotte, NC, Stockton, CA, Soho, NY and the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans , LA. His work was viewed with appreciation by Julian Bond and Dr. Bill Cosby at a National gala commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Brown vs Board of Education Decision in Washington, D.C. Several of Dillard's paintings were purchased by the Art Museum of the Bethune Cookman University, Daytona Beach, FL.
ARTHUR DILLARD has lectured on collecting African American Art at Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL, Bethune Cookman University, Daytona Beach, FL and State College of Florida, Bradenton, FL.
His unique style of painting watercolor portraits has won him many awards including the Best of Show with the portrait of his Aunt Easter in the Manatee County Art League Portrait and Figures Show. Arthur also won the merit award three-years consecutively at "Fiesta in the Park Art Festival" in Orlando, FL, the Distinguished Artist Award at the 2003 Fall Festival and the Santa Fe College Award at the 2005 Fall Festival, both in Starke, FL, and second place at the 2004 "Festival in the Park" in Charlotte, NC.
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 in February, 1998. Arthur's The Making of a King painting was featured in the October, 1999 edition of Sarasota Arts and Entertainment Magazine. Arthur was commissioned by the National League of Negro women to paint a portrait of its founder, Mary McCieod Bethune in 2001. Arthurs painting, Finger Tips, was used for the cover of UMOJA magazine. Most recently, an article about his work appears in the October 12, 2011 edition of the Bradenton Herald Tribune.
"Dillard's powerful paintings offer a singular take on the African American experience and are worth the trip to Bradenton" -- Kathie Moon and Frank Tucciarone of the Sarasota Arts and Entertainment Magazine.
State College of Florida
Louise and Arnold Kotler Art Gallery
May 1 through June 2012
|Selby Public Library
|John F. Germany Public Library
Hillsborough County, Florida
|What Price For Freedom
State College of Florida
|North Sarasota County Library
November 2009 through
|All That Jazz
Palmetto Art Center
|South Shore Regional Library
John Crawford Gallery
2011 and 2012
|Leepa-Ruttner Museum of Art
Saint Petersburg College