Bobby Frazier was taught by his mother, Barbara, to draw and paint by age twelve, and later joined her as a student of Philip Burnham Hicken in the 1970’s and early 80s in his studio on Pine Street. He has also studied printmaking with Janet Ball McGlinn, Kate McGloughlin, and Schuyler Bradt; painting with Katie Trinkle Legge and Jenny Nelson.
As of 2022, Bobby is on staff as the Artistic Director. He is an oil painter, local art historian, and science fiction author.
Frazier started as the janitor for the AAN and joined as an artist in 1974. He shared a Little Gallery exhibition with his brother Douglas on 7/15/1974, and held his first solo exhibition at The Little Gallery on 9/23/1976. Frazier was President of the AAN from August 1999 to August 2004 and worked as art director for the original “Nantucket Magazine”. Bobby manages the AAN Permanent Collection and oversees the hanging of present-day exhibitions at the Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery at 19 Washington Street and at AAN events. He also acts as the historian for the AAN, researching exhibitions and artists.
Recent curated exhibitions include The Waterfront Artists: Painters Who Changed Nantucket, Nantucket Moderns, and Nantucket Cottage Style: Drawing Inspiration from the Oates-Euler Collection, an AAN collaboration with the NHA presented at the NHA Whaling Museum. His recent curated retrospectives are Wizard of the Whimsical: Tony Sarg’s Fantastic Art, The Nature of Art: A Pat Gardner Retrospective, and Folk Tales to Fine Art: a John Lochtefeld Retrospective. His latest AAN history book is Born From A Hurricane, 75 Years of the Artists Association of Nantucket, 1945-2020. His latest speculative poetry collection is Phantom Navigation.
His wife, Karol Lindquist, and daughter, Timalyne, are artist members at the AAN, as was his mother, Barbara, and brother, Douglas.