Personal art collection of late Madison community activist, Dr. Anthony Brown displayed at UW hospital

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Published: Sep. 20, 2020 at 6:37 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -Celebrating African American culture through art is the goal of a new art exhibit featuring pieces from the late Dr. Anthony L. Brown.

Dr. Brown, a community activist and former director of Madison’s Equal Opportunities Commission passed away in 2010, but his legacy lives on through his personal art collection. The art collection is now being displayed at UW Hospital, organized by Shia Fisher, Dr. Brown’s son.

“We had all these framed artwork around the house and I thought wouldn’t it be nice to use this as a mechanism for telling all of these stories," he said.

The display is made up of artwork mostly by African American artists. “Black culture and creativity comes in many different forms. There are so many works we could talk about in the way of literature, sculptures, and paintings."

Fisher says there are many more things beyond music and athleticism that he thinks sometimes get forgotten in Black culture.

Shia is a photographer and chose to have his father’s collection displayed at the hospital instead of his own work in order to honor his father’s memory.

“I just thought it would be really nice to do something that sort of captured that memory of this figure in Madison even though he passed away a decade ago.”

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