Green Light - Artists with Disablities
NDSU University News - MU Art Gallery
'Green Light-Artists with Disabilities' traveling exhibit coming to NDSU
Fargo, N.D., Jan. 28 - The North Dakota State University Memorial Union Art Gallery will showcase a traveling art exhibit, titled "Green Light-Artists with Disabilities," from March 2 through April 17. The show is co-sponsored by Volkswagen, the Memorial Union Gallery and the NDSU Office of Disability Services.
This is the eighth exhibit that the VSA arts and Volkswagen Group of American, Inc., have created to help recognize and showcase emerging artists with disabilities, ages 16-25,who are living in the United States.
VSA arts in an international nonprofit organization that was founded by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith in 1974, in order to create a society where people with disabilities could learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts; for more information visit www.vsarts.org.
More than 20,000 calls for entry to high schools and colleges around the country were sent out, inviting submissions that illustrate the theme "Accelerate." Out of 236 submissions, 15 individuals were awarded a total of $60,000, generously provided by Volkswagen Group of America Inc. on Sept. 17, during a reception on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
According to VSA arts, "the exhibit features the many personal reasons to accelerate the desire to create, to better understand, to investigate and discover, to escape, to hone attention and skill, to reflect on memory or to express emotion".
The top three finalists out of the 15 winners of the 2009 Volkswagen/VSA arts annual program include:
Grand Prize Winner Niamh Butler, age 20, from Montrose, New York
First Place Winner Marie Fuchs, age 17, from Astoria, New York
Second Place Winner Sae V Lee, age 21, from Providence, Rhode Island
A reception for the exhibit is scheduled for Tuesday, March 2, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.