Monday, February 13, 2012

SXU hosts art exhibit by adults with developmental disabilities

Reception with "Visible" exhibit artists on Wed., Feb. 22

Chicago (Feb. 13, 2012)
Saint Xavier University's Visual Arts Center (VAC) will host "Visible: Artwork by Adults with Developmental Disabilities" from now through Fri., Feb. 24. The exhibit is free and is open to the public, and will feature a reception with the artists from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 22 at the VAC.

"Visible" is a traveling art exhibit showcasing the works of artists at Austin Special, a facility that assists developmentally disabled adults in Chicago. Artists include Ralph Bemont, Earl Gallermo, Tim Holliman, Peter Kuczwara, Margarita Leal, Andrew Raczkowski, Margarita Seda, Mark Suntres, Brett Bartz, Steven Ferrel, and Ruben Tupayachi.

“Our mission at Austin Special is to help our self taught artists develop their skills, nurture their talent and provide an opportunity for their art to be recognized and shared,” said Edwige Massart, a Chicago artist who runs Austin Special's art program.

The exhibit's curators are SXU alumna Bridget Mitchell '10 and Tim Vitek, two Chicago area artists. Vitek and Mitchell began this exhibit during their graduate studies, and will continue to exhibit the extraordinary work of these artists nationally throughout 2012.

The VAC is located at 10435 S. Spaulding Ave., and its hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. All artwork in this exhibit is for sale with the proceeds going directly to the artists. For more information about Visible, please contact Tim Vitek at or visit


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