WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – Monmouth University Center for the Arts and Autism Speaks announce a call for entries for the juried art exhibition Art + Autism showcasing the talents and abilities of artists living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The submission period is now open and will run until the deadline on December 15, 2016.

For consideration all applicants must be 16 years or older and diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and must submit a complete submission form, along with accompanying photo of each piece being submitted. A maximum of three pieces can be submitted by each artist and can include, but is not limited to drawing, mixed media, painting, fine crafts, and 3-D sculpture. For complete submission guidelines please visit: www.monmouth.edu/artandautism.

A jury panel comprised of Monmouth University faculty and administrators from relevant fields of study and representatives from Autism Speaks will review all submissions. Selections will be made by February 1, 2017. The exhibition will be up during Autism awareness month beginning on April 1 and run through to May 31 in the University’s Pollak Gallery. All artwork will be for sale and a 30% commission will be retained to benefit Autism Speaks. The exhibition is sponsored by Monmouth University, Autism Speaks and the Lucile and Maurice Pollak Fund.

There will an opening reception on April 2, World Autism Awareness Day, from 5-7 p.m. followed by a special 8 p.m. benefit concert for Autism Speaks with Bravo Amici in the Pollak Theatre, featuring founding member Geoff Sewell and other Broadway performers singing favorite pieces from well known musicals, operas and popular music. Sewell and his wife Simone, who have first-hand experience with autism, co-wrote the song Heal Me, a beautiful tribute to their daughter that highlights the message that Autism is treatable.

Heather Hays, Executive Director of Autism Speaks New Jersey explains that, “the creative process of art is a natural fit for many individuals with autism. One of the challenges for some individuals with autism is impaired verbal communication. Art offers an opportunity for self-expression.  Expressing feelings and ideas through images is very natural for some people and many individuals with ASD are quite talented artists, visually, musically and poetically. Offering a venue like this for individuals with ASD is a wonderful opportunity for the world to see the immense talent and vision in our communities.


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 “Art+Autism” is meant to initiate a conversation about the unique power of art in the autism community. “Opening the conversation about how art from individuals with special needs can affect our impressions and acceptance of these individuals as fully participating members of our communities” said Vaune Peck, Director of the Center for the Arts. “It is at the heart of the Center’s mission to foster conversations about art and nurture creative thinking and expression by engaging and exposing the community to the unique power of the arts and we are very excited to see the amazing range of submissions we receive!”


What:   Art+Autism, a one-of-a-kind exhibition showcasing the talents and abilities of artists living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

When:  Call for entries open now ends December 15. The exhibition runs April 1-May 31, with an opening reception on April 2 from 5-7
Where: Pollak Gallery, Monmouth University, 400 Cedar Ave, W. Long Branch

Sponsored by: Monmouth University Center for the Arts, Autism Speaks and the Lucile and Maurice Pollak Fund
Contact:  Kelly Barratt, Assistant Director Center for the Arts at 732-263-5114 or [email protected]


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