ArtistAmy Kollar AndersonResidesUnited States
Websitekollaranderson.comMediumAcrylic Painting
Clash Gallery
Dayton, OH. USA

Black Palette Gallery
Dayton, OH. USA
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About the artist

Amy Kollar Anderson creates surreal narrative paintings inspired by natural forms, the 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 three of the ReImagining Works commissions for the Dayton Metro Library in 2014-17, a commission for the Miami Valley Hospital and the Woodbourne Centerville Library in 2018 and a Culture Works MCACD Artist Opportunity Grant in 2018 & 2020. 

She received her B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Master of Humanities, with a focus in Fine Arts, from Wright State University.

Amy Kollar Anderson lives with her husband and their three 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.

Artwork Themes & Subject Matter

Inspired by her sewing hobby and the thrift stores she frequents, Amy Kollar Anderson’s paintings pair patterns, textures and colors in unconventional ways. Using a panel base, she builds the painting surface with layers of Pouring Medium embedded with unique materials, such as glitter, mica, washi, and holographic/metallic foils. These layers also include areas of paint that she applies with her fingers or in puddles, allowing the material to drip and evaporate in unpredictable ways. These dense layers hover above each other with an effect similar to glass or resin, then she incorporates detailed narrative images. The narratives explore tension/anxiety, obsession, humor, and transformation. Her subject matter is influenced by the natural world and her environmental concerns, dreams, and personal experiences. She is currently creating a 13 panel series inspired by the symbolism of the Zodiac constellations. 


Amy has been featured in Daily Dayton News

Upcoming Exhibitions

Solo exhibition: “Rule Makers/Rule Breakers”DIAD Gallery
Dayton, OH USA



2001 Master of Humanities with a focus in Fine Arts, Wright State University, Dayton, OH. United States

1996 B.F.A., The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL. United States


2017 : 2nd Place – Whitewater Valley Art Competition, Indiana University East

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 Exhibition

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 : 3rd Place – Professional Painter Category – Springfield Museum of Art Members’ Juried Exhibition

2002 : Award Winner – Artist Unknown Competition, Dayton City Paper

Selected Solo Exhibition


Rule Makers/Rule Breakers, DIAD Gallery, Dayton, OH. United States


A Marvelous System of Wiggles, Circles Gallery, Dayton, OH. United States


Solo Show, Alematic Artisan Brewery, Dayton, OH. United States


Solo Show, Bears Mill Gallery, Greenville, OH. United States


XO Numia Solo Show: Ann Miller Gallery, Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH. United States


Identification Solo Show : ArtStreet Gallery, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH. United States


Passage Solo Show : Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton, OH. United States


Featured Artist : The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. United States

Selected Group Exhibitions


Dangerous Lullabies VII, Dole Mansion, Crystal Lake, IL. United States

I Hate Pink III, Circles Art Studio, Dayton, OH. United States


Spirit of Front Street, Orphanage Gallery, Dayton, OH. United States


Stratum: New Works by Amy Kollar Anderson and Kate Huser Santucci, Dayton Visual Arts Center, Dayton, OH. United States


Cabinets of Curiosity: Amy Kollar Anderson, Laine Bachman and Carrie Longley, Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, OH. United States

Bared: The Art of Bras and Breasts, The Diamond Shop Gallery, Morgantown, VW
The Wiles of a Woman, Ikon Images Gallery, Canton, OH. United States

Art 360: Contemporary Art Hatching Across Ohio,  Zanesville Museum of Art, Zanesville, OH. United States


Surreal Salon : Baton Rouge Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA. United States


Rise : Create: Fixate, Los Angeles, CA. United States


Strange Figurations : Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY. United States

It’s All About ©POP, The End is Near : ©POP Gallery, Detroit, MI. United States

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