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Artists with autism invited to showcase their talent at Riley Hospital


INDIANAPOLIS — Calling all artists with autism spectrum disorder: Hands in Autism and the Indiana Arts Commission want your art for a special exposition.

“Hidden Talents: Celebrating Abilities Through Exposition” will display original works of art from individuals with autism spectrum disorder in the Simon Family Tower at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.

Fine art, mixed media, photography and digital media will be on display from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 22 and 23, following the opening ceremony from 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 21. The family-friendly event will offer mini-informational sessions and opportunities to gain insight into the world of autism spectrum disorder.

There is no age requirement for submissions, but applications for artists younger than 18 should be submitted by parents or guardians. A team of judges will select the art to be presented and will notify the artists by April 1.

The exhibit is open to the public.

Hands in Autism is an interdisciplinary training and resource center at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. The center was founded in 2004 to extend the outreach and training offered by the Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center at Riley Hospital and the Indiana University School of Medicine.

The Indiana Arts Commission is supporting this exhibit through a Capacity Building Grant, which promotes educational programming statewide.