Past Exhibits
Insights from Outsider Artists
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Exhibition Dates: Dec 9- Jan 15, 2010

Curated by Tatiana Diakoff and Lauri Sturdivant, Co-Directors of Art Matters

The term, outsider art, was coined by art critic Roger Cardinal in 1972 as an English synonym for art brut (“raw art” or “rough art”), a label created by French artist Jean Dubuffet to describe art created outside the boundaries of official culture. Dubuffet focused particularly on art by insane-asylum inmates. The term, outsider artist, is often applied more broadly to include individuals who are self-taught and whose aesthetic sense does not come from the mainstream art world or art institutions.

This exhibit features artists from two art programs: Art Matters of Far Northern Regional Center and Studio Sfumato of Living Opportunities. Both programs encourage and assist people with disabilities to fulfill their life ambitions through the creative process by providing art studio space and art materials for the artists. As individuals with developmental challenges, sales of their artwork also enable them to pursue their goals of self-sufficiency.

At the same time your purchases sustain the environment that allows their art to find its way to the canvas. And through witnessing their creative process, they prove again and again that art is not about refining techniques, but about the magic of expression. What Art Matters and Studio Sfumato both recognize are the innate abilities and intelligences of these amazing artists in the hopes to develop a broader awareness of these people’s ability and worth within the broader community.

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“Outsiders” Installation


“Woman Alone” by Karl Elwood

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