About the Artist

Amy Kollar Anderson creates surreal narrative paintings inspired by natural forms, decorative arts and her love of animals. Her work has been shown internationally and featured in the publication, Imagine the Imagination: New Visions of Surrealism. Anderson was awarded one of the Reimagining Works commissions for the Dayton Public Library in 2014 and the Montgomery County Artist Fellowship Grant in 2007. 

She survived the bitter wind and cold to receive her B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and went on to a Master of Humanities, with a focus in Fine Arts, at Wright State University.

Amy Kollar Anderson lives with her husband and their four cats in the birthplace of aviation, Dayton, Ohio. Until recently, she was the Gallery Coordinator for the Rosewood Gallery, but left that position to pursue her art career full-time.

Photo by Bill Franz

Photo by Bill Franz

Photo by Charlie Gast

Photo by Charlie Gast

Artist Statement

With my paintings, I create narratives about containment, obsession, and transformation. Containment is revealed through locations with physical barriers, but it can also be addressed through the emotional or psychological condition of the individuals. Obsession can be seen in the multitude of details, or in the characters that are fixated with an object or idea. Most recently, I have been exploring transformation and the shifting of ideas or physical identities. 

My style, Nouveaudelia, combines Psychedelic and Art Nouveau aesthetics. I enjoy the process of overlapping realistic forms and decorative design elements, then combining them with untraditional paint and material choices, such as metallic or interference colors and glitter. 

Selected Awards and Grants

  • 2014 : Commission for Reimagining Works - Dayton Public Library
  • 2013 : People's Choice Award - Mystery Build Competition 
  • 2011 : 3rd Place - Surreal Salon - Baton Rouge Gallery - Juror Chris Ryniak
  • 2009 : People's Choice Award - Creative Soul Dayton Exhibiton
  • 2007 : MCACD Fellowship Grant 
  • 2006 : Best of Show - The Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exposition - Professional Division
  • 2006 : 1st Place - Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptures 60th Anniversary Spring Juried Show - Oil and Acrylic Division
  • 2006 : Joan Cord Memorial Award - The Woman's Art Club of Cincinnati: 113th Annual Juried Exhibition
  • 2003 : Best of Show - The Beloved T-Shirt Show
  • 2003 : 3rd Place - Professional Painter Category - Springfield Museum of Art Members' Juried Exhibition
  • 2002 : Award Winner - Artist Unknown Competition, Dayton City Paper 
  • 2001 : Best of District - Art About Town 
  • 2001 : Purchase Award: The Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Torture

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2014 : Observatarie : Amy Kollar Anderson, Laine Bachman and Carrie Longley : Gallery West, Cuyahoga Community College/Western Campus, Parma, OH
  • 2014Identification Solo Show : ArtStreet Gallery, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
  • 2013 : Just Passing Through Solo Show : Rigsby Contemporary Museum, Columbus, OH
  • 2012 : Passage Solo Show : Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton, OH
  • 2012Surreal Salon : Baton Rouge Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA 
  • 2012 : 49th Juried Competition : Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA
  • 2011Rise : Create:Fixate, Los Angeles, CA 
  • 2011Featured Artist : The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2011Mad Monster A Go-Go : Memento Tattoo Salon and Gallery, Columbus, OH 
  • 2010The Laboratory Solo Show : Gallery 510, Dayton, OH 
  • 20105th Anniversary Avatar Show : The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2010Flies in the Land of Milk and Honey : Instinct Gallery, Des Moines, IA
  • 2009 : Strange Figurations : Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY 
  • 2009 : It's All About ©POP, The End is Near : ©POP Gallery, Detroit, MI
  • 2009 : Dirty Show X : Bert's Warehouse Theater, Detroit, MI
  • 2008Under Glass Solo Show : Goloka Gallery, Oregon Division, Dayton, OH
  • 2008Other Worlds/Altered Visions : Indianapolis Art Center, IN 
  • 2007 : Group Show : The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2006Flights of Imagination : Museum de Giger, Switzerland
  • 2004 Paranormal Taxonomy Solo Show : Full Support Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA
  • 2004Fantastic Voyage: Imagining Science and Nature : Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH
  • 2003 Brave Destiny : Williamsburg Art And Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2003Small Works : ROY G BIV Gallery, Columbus, OH

Selected Bibliography

Hutten, CC. "A new identity." Dayton City Paper 14-20 Jan. 2014: 13. Print.

McConville, Shayna V. "Beyond the canvas." Dayton City Paper 5-11 March 2013: 10. Print.

Moss, Meredith. "MetroParks kicks off birthday gala." Dayton Daily News 7 April 2013: D3, D8. Print.

Rollins, Ron. "BP disaster stirs local artist." Dayton Daily News 6 June 2010: D19. Print.

Dillon, Pamela. "Lewis Carroll writings inspire Dayton artist." Dayton Daily News 6 Feb. 2011: D20. Print.

Starr, Ann. "Ohio portraits come in many styles and moods." The Other Paper 17 Feb. 2011: 16. Print.

Dillon, Pamela. "Murals enliven East Third Street." Dayton Daily News. Print.

Dillon, Pamela. "Rubber Duck Regatta will attract artists to make splash." Dayton Daily News 9 May 2010: D19. Print.

Moss, Meredith. "Safe place to grow theme of Daybreak, DVAC project." Dayton Daily News 16 April 2010: D12. Print.

Yalkut, Jud. "Obsession and Containment." Dayton City Paper 24-30 Sept. 2008: 6. Print.

Dillon, Pamela. "Artist tries to find a balance in opposing ideas." Dayton Daily News 21 Sept. 2008. Print.