The Boca Museum of Art will present an exhibition of beautiful and compelling works produced at three pioneering centers for artists with developmental disabilities. The exhibition, titled Create, will be on display July 29 through September 22, 2013.
Create features over 100 artworks produced by 20 artists over the past 20 years at three pioneering non-profit centers for artists with developmental disabilities: Creativity Explored; Creative Growth Art Center; and the National Institute for Art and Disabilities Art Center (NIAD). The three independent centers share an approach focused on a group studio environment, professionalism, and engagement with the broader art community. Artists at the centers work alongside one another, make frequent visits to local galleries and museums, have regular access to artist mentors, and create extraordinary and diverse works for exhibition.
Each artist featured in Create has sustained an art-making practice at the highest level for many years with an extraordinary range of work. Judith Scott’s visceral sculpture utilizes found materials wrapped in knotted yarn or string; William Scott’s humorous paintings incorporate sardonic urban motifs; John Patrick McKenzie’s lyrical work employs the repetition of text drawn from pop culture, current events and his immediate surroundings; Evelyn Reye’s pastel drawings feature bold, minimalistic shapes; and Dan Miller’s intricate works include drawings and paintings incorporating layered text. Their work has been increasingly recognized as a significant contribution to the field of contemporary art, with works in the permanent collections of artists such as Cindy Sherman, Jeremy Deller, Chris Offili, and Peter Doig and in prominent institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Create is a traveling exhibition curated by Lawrence Rinder, with Matthew Higgs, and organized by the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and ICI (Independent Curators International), New York. The exhibition and the accompanying catalog were made possible, in part, by Dr. James B. Pick and Dr. Rosalyn M. Laudati, and the continued support of the BAM/PFA Trustees. Additional support for the tour is made possible in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and the ICI Board of Trustees.