January 13 – February 12, 2017
Concourse Gallery, VisArts
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, January 27, 7 – 9 PM
This exhibit embodies the artists of VisAbility Art Lab and the variety of interests, techniques, and artistic viewpoints of the Art Lab’s members. Featuring the artwork of James Billian, Mara Clawson, Max DeMulder, Carlin Jones, and Lindsey Schaufelberger, the works presented make visible the thoughts and dreams of these artists, claiming their right to a place at the creative table.
About the VisAbility Art Lab: VisAbility Art Lab is both a community of young professional artists with autism and other disabilities and the inclusive arts studio that provides them professional support and workforce development as they further their careers. A dynamic partnership between VisArts and Madison House Autism Foundation, the VisAbility Art Lab provides professional materials, expertise and space to create, a platform to explore artistic interests, and a collective of like-minded artists and supporters.
Creating art can be a solitary pursuit, but for many with autism and other disabilities, large parts of life are isolating and solitary. Cultural and social inclusion is incomplete, at best, and limited in the amount of engagement and decision-making given to people with disabilities. The VisAbility Art Lab demonstrates cultural inclusion in action, giving artists the autonomy they want in their artwork and level of social interaction while increasing opportunity for collaboration and engagement with the arts community. Through art, we embrace differences as sources of strength and creativity rather than a liability.