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Antonio Howard

Artist, CHROMA member, Teaching Artist

Visual

Contact: Antonio Howard
Phone: (814) 506-7085
Address:
Erie, PA

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Teaching Artist

Artist Statement

As a formerly imprisoned artist, I create prison art: that category of art invoked by critics to describe art produced by those of us they don’t acknowledge as “real artists.” In the beginning, I painted my moods. Now, I paint my experiences, so each of my paintings serve as evidence of my whereabouts between the years 1991 and 2018.

My artistic process involves simply getting out of my own way and leaving the creativity to my sub-conscience and transmitting what it crates instead of translating it. That is to say, what ends up on canvas isn’t always thought out. I just paint. And since any message that comes through is more of an interpretation by the observer my art speaks to, I tend to let others name them and keep what they mean to me to myself. Acrylics are my preferred medium because they dry fastest, I prefer synthetic brushers because they retain their shape longer and don’t leave bristles in the paint.

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History/Biography

I am a shelf-taught artist—that’s not a typo. Shelf-taught because what didn’t come naturally as a developing artist emerged through guidance gleaned from instructional books purchased with money earned from the sale of my paintings. Thus, one of my achievements as an artist was my ability to support myself under circumstances designed to rob a man of everything. Prison is where I developed my artistic talents. Although I often dreamed of being an escape artist, as a visual artist, my paintings broke free of that place long before I did. From a prison cell, I participated in an art show at Eastern State Penitentiary, the Erie Art museum Frame Shop Gallery, and was featured on the front page of Erie times Newspaper in August of 2003. In 2019, one of my paintings: Prison is Where Relationships Go to Die, was accepted in the Spring show at the Erie Art Museum.

Grants / Awards / Titles

2021--Jurist, Erie County Poet Laureate Initative

2021--PA Council of the Arts; Roster Teaching Artist

2021-- Erie County Redevelopment Authority Startup Business Grant Award, Murals by Antonio Howard

2019--Erie Arts and Culture Ignite Art Grant

2019--Erie Arts and Culture Emerging Artist Award

Murals

2021--Carla Hughes, Erie County Arts & Technology (ECAT),  (Assistant Muralist to Mwanel Pierre-Louis), Erie PA

2021--Purple Martins, Bayfront Eastside Task Force, Erie PA 

2021--City of Erie's Bandwagons, Erie PA (1,364 sq. ft)

2021--Tree of Life, MHA of NWPA, Erie PA

2020--Bethel Apostolic Church, Erie PA

2020--Whole Food Co-Op, Erie PA

2020--Manus Sunoco Station, Erie PA (1300 sq. ft.)

2016--Minions, SCI Huntingdon Visiting Room, Huntingdon PA

2016--Perry Arts Counsel, Huntingdon PA

2015--Pathway to Landscapes, SCI Huntingdon, Huntingdon PA    

2015--One Day, SCI Huntingdon, Huntingdon PA

2014--Childish Fun, SCI Huntingdon, Huntingdon PA

Commissions

2020--Erie Blues and Jazz – 2020 Festival Poster

2019--Harry T. Burleigh Portrait commemorating Harry T. Burleigh Week

Publications as Author

When A Child Is Worth More Than the Worst Mistake He Ever Made

A Black Man and a Spear(e): A Prisoner's Introduction to William Shakespeare Inside a Prison's Book Discussion Group

Love Is When You Want The Best (For Someone Else): Letters from a Beleaguered Soul(mate)

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021--NPAA Juried Biennial, Erie Art Museum, Erie PA

2021--Arts and Drafts, Erie PA

2021--The Family that Creates Together (10|20 Collective Gallery), Erie PA

2021--Let's Pretend, Art Exhibition (Bruce Gallery of Edinboro University), Erie PA

2021--98th Annual Nicole & Harry Martin Spring, Juried Art Show, Erie Art Museum, Erie PA

2019--29th Annual Nicole & Harry Martin Spring, Juried Art Show, Erie Art Museum, Erie PA

2019--Jay & Mona Kang Art Show & Sale (Barber National Institute), Erie PA

2019--Attic Rehab, Erie PA

2019--Arts and Drafts, Erie PA

2010--Erie Art Museum Frameshop Gallery

2001--Unimaginable Isolation: Stories from Graterford Prison, Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site; Painted Bride Art Center; University of the Arts’ Great Hall; The Village of  Arts and Humanities, Philadelphia PA, (Curated by Lily Yeh)

Solo Exhibitions

2021--Erie County Blasco Library

2021--Gannon University Black History Month Virtual Celebration 

Artist Speaking Engagements

2021-- Create a Path for Change: Art in the age of mass incarceration / Restorative Justice and the Arts Amongst Juvenile Populations, Erie Arts and Culture, 2021 https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=2154603588027181&ref=watch_permalink

2021--Art in Public / Roberto Lugo (A Conversation with Antonio Howard, Roberto Lugo, and Tijay Mohammed. Moderated by Steve Prince (Bruce Gallery, Edinboro PA)

2020--Art, Freedom, and Redemption (Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie, Erie PA)

Artist-Lead Workshops

2021--Painting for Purpose, SafeNet 

2021--Instrumental Abstration, Pennsylvania Art Education Association

2020--Painting with Antonio, Erie Arts and Culture Variety Show 

 

Photos

BABATUNDE, 2021 - 98th Annual Nicole & Harry Martin Spring, Juried Art Show, Erie Art Museum, Erie 	PA

BABATUNDE, 2021 - 98th Annual Nicole & Harry Martin Spring, Juried Art Show, Erie Art Museum, Erie PA

Harry T. Burleigh - 2019;         36"x48"; acrylic on stretched canvas

Harry T. Burleigh - 2019; 36"x48"; acrylic on stretched canvas

Tree of Life, Mural - 2021 Located inside the Consumer Center of the Mental Health Association of Northwestern PA, Erie PA

Tree of Life, Mural - 2021 Located inside the Consumer Center of the Mental Health Association of Northwestern PA, Erie PA

PRISON IS WHERE RELATIONSHIPS GO TO DIE, 2019 - 29th Annual Nicole & Harry Martin Spring, Juried Art Show, Erie Art Museum, Erie PA

PRISON IS WHERE RELATIONSHIPS GO TO DIE, 2019 - 29th Annual Nicole & Harry Martin Spring, Juried Art Show, Erie Art Museum, Erie PA

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