This Friday, March 21st, the Mezz Gallery in Chicago (1328 W Morse Ave) opens a show featuring the work of the "Visibility Arts" program of Search, Inc. All of pieces have been created by artists with intellectual disabilities. The creativity that springs from the minds of this population remains relatively untapped in our culture. But this Friday, the secret is out.
I've admired the work of these artists for years. Since 2008, Visibility Arts has been showing their work in public spaces all over the Chicagoland area, from traditional galleries to more off-beat venues. They have hung their pieces in a high fashion Wicker Park shoe store, a wine shop in Lincoln Park, and a dentist's office on Damen, just to name a few. Some members have even traveled to Portland for a show in the Horny Toad Lizard Lounge! I have created a gallery of pieces that are not in Friday's show. (I don't want to ruin the surprise!) I just to give you a little (mind-blowing) sample of the caliber of artistry you will see if you drop by for wine and cheese on Friday night. If my hunch is correct, you will quickly forget what differentiates these artists from most other outside artists about town..