Antonio Howard

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A Nation Can Rise (Kim Foxx), 2021

Antonio Howard is a painter based in Erie, Pennsylvania, who typically works in acrylics. He was incarcerated at the age of fifteen but was released in 2018 after serving twenty-six and a half years. He has contributed to more than ten public arts projects and murals in Pennsylvania, participated in numerous art shows and publications in Erie, and published three books. For more about Antonio’s work, see or, or find him on Instagram: @antoniohoward_artist.

Artist’s Statement

The figure in the artwork holds a brick, symbolizing Kim Foxx as a little girl. From my perspective, the brick her mother gave her from their old building was a foundation, literally and figuratively. And that foundation gave her the vision and agency to produce the adult Kim Foxx who stares back at her in the image.