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May 10 - September 24, 2011

University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Berkeley, CA

Garbage Cans by Evelyn Reyes © 2004 Creativity Explored.
Oil pastel on paper, 11.5” x 17.5”.

Exhibit catalog available for sale in the CE Gallery.

Special admission prices available to CE donors!

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Creativity Explored is proud to announce that nine studio artists are included in Create, an exhibit at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive (BAM). CE artists include Mary Belknap, Daniel Green, Michael Bernard Loggins, John Patrick McKenzie, James MilesJames Montgomery, Bertha Otoya, Evelyn Reyes, and Lance Rivers.

BAM presents work made at three pioneering centers for artists with developmental disabilities - Creativity Explored, Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, and NIAD Art Center in Richmond.

The artists in this exhibition possess the level of talent, independence, and depth of feeling that make the most powerful art possible. Yet, as artists with disabilities, their work has not been widely seen. Create showcases twenty artists whose work demonstrates both the excellence and the variety of work made at the three centers. This major survey exhibition brings well-deserved attention to their compelling work.

While they are independent and have only rarely collaborated, all three institutions were founded by two pioneers of the art and disabilities movement, Florence Ludins-Katz and Elias Katz. In the 1970s, when attitudes towards people with disabilities were changing and the disabled were gaining new legal rights, the Katzes developed an innovative new methodology for supporting artists with developmental disabilities. Their approach focused on a group studio environment, professionalism, and engagement with the broader art community.

Like other small communities that have become dynamic centers of art making, such as Gee’s Bend, Alabama, Creativity Explored, Creative Growth Art Center, and NIAD Art Center have fostered an atmosphere in which artists once seen as outsiders have made important contributions to the field of contemporary art.

Create is curated by BAM/PFA Director Lawrence Rinder, with Matthew Higgs, director of White Columns, New York and was made possible in part by Dr. James B. Pick and Dr. Rosalyn M. Laudati, the LEF Foundation, and the continued support of the BAM/PFA Trustees.

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