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Smithsonian to Spotlight Artists with Disabilities



By Michelle Diament, September 17, 2013

A group of emerging artists with disabilities from across the country will take center stage at the Smithsonian Institution this fall.smithsonian

The Washington, D.C. landmark will feature works of photography, painting and sculpture, among other mediums, from 15 artists with disabilities ages 16 to 25.

Pieces were selected for the exhibit organized by VSA by a jury of art professionals and those chosen to participate in the show will each get a share of $60,000.

All of the works focus on the theme “In/finite Earth” and the intersection of environmentalism, contemporary creativity and the disability experience, organizers said.

VSA is an international organization founded by President John F. Kennedy’s sister, Jean Kennedy Smith, that promotes opportunities in the arts for people with disabilities.

The exhibit will be at the S. Dillon Ripley Center of the Smithsonian from Oct. 1 through Jan. 5, 2014 before traveling to other museums and galleries throughout the country for display.

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