Niagara University’s Castellani Art Museum (CAM) will hold an opening reception for the exhibition “Think BIG: The Artists of Autism Services,” from 2 to 4 p.m. next Sunday.
Featured artists include: Dan Carey, Langston Gardner, Erich Haneberg, Kevin Krauss, James Marino, Daniel Maysonet, Courtney McGovern, and Brandon Scott.
The reception is free and open to the public and there will be light refreshments and an open bar.
Most works in “Think BIG” were created on-site at the CAM. Throughout 2017 and early 2018, the artists participated in workshops focusing on large-scale works from the museum’s collection. For many of the artists, the pieces featured in the exhibit are the largest they’ve created to date, including Krauss’s 14-foot painting on unstretched canvas.
The museum’s central gallery was a source of inspiration because of its scale, which when constructed in 1990, was the largest exhibition space in Western New York.
“We are honored the artists were invited to exhibit their work in the Main Gallery of the Castellani Museum,” said Veronica Federiconi, Autism Services CEO. “Our intention to introduce the arts was very different from the beginning, and the artists have now been working steadily for well over a decade. This exhibit is a testimonial to their acceptance as true artists.”
According to Autism Services, the arts can provide a voice to express what is meaningful and important for some people on the autism spectrum.
Think BIG: The Artists of Autism Services” is curated by Tara L. Lyons, the CAM’s curator of education and collections. It will be on display through January 27, 2019. The art museum has a free admission policy. For more information, call 286-8295.