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Artwork by Artists with Autism and Other Disabilities Will Be Exhibited at Smithsonian

September 16, 2013

Dallas W.R. Looman, a 25-year-old with autism from Colrain, Mass., will take a major step toward his dream of becoming a professional artist when his artwork goes on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. on Oct. 1 as part of an exhibit by emerging artists with disabilities organized by “Very Special Arts,” an international organization on arts and disability and an educational affiliate of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The exhibit, In/Finite Earth, which received support from the Volkswagen Group of America, will last through Jan. 5, 2014 at the S. Dillon Ripley Center of the Smithsonian Institution. Looman and 14 other artists with disabilities, ages 16 to 25, will be awarded a total of $60,000 in awards. Looman, who has wanted to be a professional artist since he was a child, and has used drawing as an effective way to communicate throughout his life, will receive an Award of Excellence for $2,000.