Saturday, November 24, 2012
Sustaining/Creating: A National Juried Exhibition for Emerging Artists with Disabilities, Ages 16-25
When: through January 13, 2013
This is the 11th exhibition of the winners in this contest for young artists with disabilities; I've seen it twice before. It's very interesting to see artists in the beginning of their careers - you can appreciate what you're seeing now, and keep an eye out for them to see what they'll create in the future. I guess you could compare it to buying a baseball player's rookie card.
The theme of this year's exhibit is sustainability and contemporary creativity. The artists were asked to bring innovative viewpoints to these subjects. I confess, if I'd been asked to create a work of art with this as my theme, I would have been stumped. Luckily for we museum goers, these young people have risen to the occasion. One of the pieces that caught my eye was Copper 2 by Jacob Brown (he's 20 and suffers from spastic cerebral palsy). It's an abstract (bet you didn't see that coming - me, liking an abstract!) that features great greens and blues with copper accents. Another of my favorites was Restoring the Sublime by Leland Foster (he's 21 and has Crohn's Disease). It's a painting of a boy painting a forest scene over a concrete wall. There's something Norman Rockwell-esque about it, which one doesn't expect from a young artist.
Verdict: Don't miss this small show - it's in the corridor leading to the International Gallery. Very manageable in a lunch hour and a great way to see what young artists are doing.