Visability Art Lab Exhibition

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Concourse Gallery


April 6 – April 29, 2018

Concourse Gallery

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, April 6, 7 – 9 PM


Group exhibition featuring artists from the VisAbility Art Lab at VisArts.

Artists include: Corey Barbee, James Billian, Mara Clawson, Edward Chance, Max DeMulder, Carlin Jones, Shaun McDonald, Tyler Mountford, Stanley Roth, Lindsey Schaufelburger, D’Ante Whitlow, Justin Valenti

About the VisAbility Art Lab:VisAbility Art Lab is a supported art studio for emerging adult artists with disabilities who have a strong interest in making art part of their professional careers.  VisAbility Art Lab was founded as a partnership between VisArts and Madison House Autism Foundation with the goal to provide artists with a supported studio where they can explore and develop their artistic talents, participate in workforce development and life skills training, and forge a deeper and more meaningful relationship with the fully inclusive creative community.

Participants create art at their own pace, observe and learn art techniques from studio artists, work with a curator on developing exhibitions, and interact with members of the public who are attending art classes, camps, gallery tours and artist talks. Basic life skills and workforce development training are designed to promote self-sufficiency, success in the workforce, and growth as an artist and individual.

Within the studio, artists create both 2D and 3D work, including ceramics, digital art, painting, drawing, and sculpture. Artists join in the studio for part or full days with individualized schedules. Artists receive a 60% commission on sales of artwork and design and licensing fees from merchandise.

The VisAbility Art Lab has grown and expanded since its inception which began as a pilot program in September 2015 with one artist. In January 2017 it grew to 5 artists and is starting 2018 with 12 artists. Many of the artists who attend the VisAbility Art Lab have increased their hours of attendance and the community of artists within the studio has many strong bonds.

The Art of Inclusion was the first exhibit for the VisAbility Art Lab and featured artists from the program as well as other studios in the metro area. VisAbility Art Lab has since had a successful solo art show at VisArts, participated in Outer Limits at the Ratner Gallery, Artomatic DC, Grump Art Festival, Takoma Park Folk Festival, VisArts 30th Anniversary Celebration and hosted their own Holiday Art Show. Many of the artists in the program have had success in selling their art work. These events each have attracted a broad audience of family, friends, artists, collectors and the Rockville Town Square public.

For more information about the program or to purchase artwork, please contact Elaine Parks at


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