We asked 34 talented artists "What is art?" Their response? Just as varied as their work.
Art is a wonderful thing to do. Art is Past and lifetime. Art is Refuge. Art is Community. Art is A universal map.
These talented voices often go unheard. But if there is one thing we're committed to at G&F, it's spotlighting talented individuals who are reshaping the status quo. We're excited to announce a year long partnership with the non-profit organization, Project Onward.
Operating as both a studio and gallery, Project Onward's mission is to cultivate career development and professional opportunities for artists with mental and developmental disabilities.
The residents are regarded as artists first. Pride and respect exudes from every corner of the space. Project Onward not only provides the artist with the materials of their choice, but builds an esteemed community where all creativity is valued. Headed by Program Director Rob Lentz, the organization recently made the transition to Bridgeport Art Center after a long stint at the Chicago Cultural Center. The move tripled the space and allowed an expansion into printmaking and ceramic mediums for their artists.
We asked each artist to fill out a brief questionnaire about themselves, including their artistic process and what inspires them. The results are impassioned, creating vibrant and striking perspective. The artwork transcends their view of the world to give us a better understanding of the challenges faced living with disabilities. One of the questions we asked was, "If not yourself, who would you be?" The overwhelming response was they wouldn't be anybody else than themselves.
Here at G&F we treasure this organization—we are proud and excited about our partnership with Project Onward. Through each and every medium this non-profit aims to motivate change and dissolve the stigma of mental illness and developmental disabilities. They're breaking the boundaries of artistic stereotypes and celebrating diversity in all forms—a guiding principle that G&F strives to achieve and impart.