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Works by young artists with disabilities on display at Emporium

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Work by Madalyne Marie Hymas. Image courtesy of Arts & Culture Alliance

A new exhibition that featuring work by 15 emerging young artists with disabilities will be on display at The Emporium Center from November 7 through 26. Since 2002, VSA and Volkswagen Group of America have teamed up to give visibility and a voice to the work of young artists with disabilities, ages 16 to 25, by exhibiting their work throughout the United States and around the world, cementing their work in the broader context of the history, art, and culture of the American, as well as global, experience. The current exhibit is sponsored by The Arts & Culture Alliance.

Every year, hundreds of emerging young artists with disabilities compete to be included in a curated exhibition, formed around a unique theme, to be displayed in Washington, D.C. and then toured around the nation. After a rigorous adjudication process, 15 artists are selected to showcase their work, and they received a total of $60,000 in prize money generously provided by Volkswagen. “In/finite Earth” asked Emerging Young Artists to showcase work that illuminates innovative viewpoints at the intersection of environmentalism, creativity, and disability. Regardless of continent, country, or culture, over six billion people draw sustenance from the shared resources of our planet, repercussions for which are still unfolding. “In/finite Earth” is a call to artists to engage in the physical, emotional, and creative ties we share across our planet, and present their artistic perspectives regarding the natural world, sustainability, and our collective future.

Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Saturday, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

Additional gallery hours on Sunday, November 16, 3:30-6:30 PM and Tuesdays, 7:00-10:00 PM (November 11, 18, and 25).

Published November 10, 2014

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