On June 1, sixteen artists on the autism spectrum showcased their work at the World Folk Music Association Festival in College Park, Maryland, and many of their pieces were purchased at auction. Madison House Autism Foundation congratulates these talented artists and thanks partnering organizations Arts Unbound, Orange, NJ and Make Studio in Baltimore, Maryland. Arts Unbound works to release the creative power of people with disabilities and provides programming for hundreds of talented artists. Make Studio is dedicated to making art inclusive and to putting art and ability to work. For additional information, please contact Lucy Lopez at Madison House Autism Foundation at [email protected].
“I am an artist who happens to be in the autistic spectrum. My artwork focuses on the fact that everyone is beautiful. There is beauty in everything I see and everyone has something to offer. I represent differences and my hope is that the world can see beauty and acceptance through my eyes.”
Bess resides in Ruxton, MD. She recently completed the Harbor Horizons college program, and now volunteers doing horticulture work with an order of Catholic Sisters when not engaging in a variety of creative pursuits at Make Studio. She often says she’s been making art “all my life!” She especially enjoys costume and set design, Japanese anime, and gothic and magical themes, which predominate in her artwork. She values her own open-minded nature, and an ongoing concern for her is that individuals are too often prejudged by others on their appearance or other preconceived notions. Her “Heroines of Horror” series conveys more than just the macabre, as Bess strives to have viewers see the humor and humanity behind the gore.
John J. Hodgson
Alex Martin is 18 years old and a student at Ivymount School in Rockville, MD. He enjoys using his fine motor skills to create art and especially likes beading, weaving, coloring with pastels and applying crystals and mosaics to jewelry. He has a website, alexartloft.org, where he raises money for several causes and partners with local stores, schools and non-profits. Alex is mostly non-verbal and uses an iPod to communicate. However, just because he doesn’t talk doesn’t mean he has nothing to say. Alex shows people that although he is not considered high functioning, his enthusiasm for work and fine motor skills are helping him gain independence every day. In partnership with businesses in the community, he is hoping to make a difference in the way people on the autism spectrum are viewed.
Bradlie Jackson is an 11th grader at the Sheppard High School in Morristown. She enjoys painting, singing, music and drama. Bradlie participate in Arts Unbound’s Saturday arts workshop where she has contributed greatly to the production of art in the store. Through her participation in Arts Unbound programming she has become more confident and has realized the importance of her artistic abilities regardless of her other challenges.
Chantee Marie Ricks