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ArtYard features artists with developmental disabilities


ArtYard presents “The Creative Commons: Progressive Studio Practice from Creative Growth Art Center, LAND Gallery, and the Center for Creative Works,” with an opening event open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12.

The exhibition features works from three nonprofit studios influenced by the work of Creative Growth founders Florence and Elias Katz, whose radical approach to art-making and inclusion for adults with developmental disabilities launched acclaimed careers and occasioned a sea change in conceptions of contemporary art.

This quiet revolution allowed artists such as Judith Scott, a hearing-impaired woman with Down Syndrome who spent 35 years in an institution, to achieve international recognition, exhibit at MoMA, and represent the United States in the Venice Biennale after finding community, meaningful employment and exposure to the fiber arts at Creative Growth.

The exhibition showcases the work of thirty-one living artists, all working and practicing at these metropolitan centers.

A drawing workshop and an artist talk are set for Feb. 24, and a woodworking workshop with bicycle-powered tools is on March 12.

A communal weaving project will give visitors an opportunity to collaborate.

ArtYard is located at 62A Trenton Ave., Frenchtown, N.J. To learn more, visit