On April 21, Harvester Arts and Fisch Haus announced Anthony Dozier as the Neighborhood Superstar for 2020. Anthony is a painter who works in upcycled and recycled materials.
The Neighborhood Superstar award is meant for an individual who is an independent artist. The award is meant to assist with realizing a creative project (of any discipline) of someone working in our local Wichita community. For over four decades Anthony has been exploring abstract painting and assemblage techniques.
Anthony’s creative approach reflects on his childhood in the 1960s where he used visual arts as a way of coping with a speech impediment. He says “As a child, I went silent because I had no voice.” This led to creating things that would convey a message or thought through abstract methods rather than representational drawing. Today, Anthony uses recycled and green materials to explore and experiment.
Anthony Dozier is an alumnus of Upward Bound. He participated from 1971 through 1974. Upward Bound was vital to him because according to Dozier, “I had a fractured family life.” The program was a place of refuge for him because it provided stability. Anthony graduated from Kansas Newman University with a degree in business administration.
Anthony worked as a coordinator for Aerospace Logistics. Also, his art was on exhibition at WSU in 2014-2016 and he was recognized as New Best Artist in America in 2016.
For this awrad, Anthony receives a $1,000 cash award, scholarship to Harvester Arts' Artist Inc professional development seminar, and a temporary, project-specific work/studio space through OpenStudiosHarvester Arts and Fisch Haus are excited to see what he creates with this enhanced support.