Thursday, April 19, 2007

Call for Adult Artists with Asperger’s Syndrome

A good friend of mine, Shelia Berry, is curating an exhibit of artwork created by artists with Asperger’s Syndrome. It is often speculated that a disproportionately large percentage of the science fiction and fantasy community has AS. A big part of the exhibit's mission, besides promoting the artists, is to educate others about Asperger's so, pass the word on!

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Andy Warhol, Thomas Edison, and Albert Einstein are all thought to have had Asperger's Syndrome (AS). Affected individuals usually have normal to superior intelligence, but sustained social impairments making traditional employment difficult. AS is an innate neurological condition that promotes hyperfocus on intense interests. With support—creativity and innovation can flourish. Those with AS may make remarkable works of art and major contributions to our world.

We are looking for works by artists over 18 years old, who have been diagnosed with AS. Two dimensional art and small sculpture accepted. Works available for sale. No commission charged.

Submission deadline: June 15, 2007
There is no entry fee.

Please submit by email to Kathy Clark at ktigheclark@aim.com, 617-491-0280. Include:

  • Name, address, phone number, e-mail
  • List with: titles/mediums/dimensions/year completed
  • A brief statement about your work
The Art Committee of the Asperger's Association of New England will select up to three pieces from each artist.

Art will be exhibited in three locations:
  • John Hancock Center, Boston, MA on September 28, 2007 during the Asperger's Association Annual Conference
  • Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge, MA, January 2008
  • Honan-Allston branch of the Boston Public Library, Allston, MA, May 2008.
For additional information, please contact curators: sheilaberry@braid.com 781.648.6375, or ktigheclark@aim.com 617.491.0280

To learn more about Asperger's Syndrome, please visit www.aane.org

4 comments:

Tracy said...

Irene,

This is a great service you have provided by posting this and letting folks get the wrod about AS.

Thanks

Tracy

stuart said...

Hello,

Thank you for emphasising the creative life of people with A.S. I'm studying fine art and I also write fantasy short stories every summer. I was dxd with A.S. but I see the condition as beneficial creatively but less so in communicating the ideas of artwork and stories face to face. I might not make the deadline for pictures but I hope the exhibitions go well.

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