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Arts Speaks Exhibition for Individuals with Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Call for Art: Artist with Autism & Developmental Disabilities

Piece by piece

Art helps us see connections, create platforms to express utmost creativity and brings meaning to our world!

V°LITION gallery presents ART SPEAKS; an exhibit organized to promote the art and creativity of individuals who are affected by autism and other developmental delays. 

Join us for this life-changing event to show forth your level of creativity through all modals of art, music, & poetry

What do you see in your work of art? How do you want the whole world to perceive you? What makes you shout out and radiate joy? This is an opportunity to express your level of creativity and expression.

Come and speak to the WORLD and tell YOUR story on what gives you happiness. Narrate to the audience how being an artist makes you feel.

This is a unique moment to make your creativity known and ART SPEAKS exhibition is here to help you achieve that, and also to provide you with an avenue to converse and make friends as you celebrate your artistic talents. 

ART SPEAKS has put forward a platform where artists with autism and other developmental disabilities will be delighted in expressing their vision.

The gallery will accept artworks from individuals who are 7 years old or older and will be displayed in the gallery

Curatorial team
Phyllis Dodge, Director, Producer & Curator
James Dodge, Artist
Andrew Dodge, Artist
Sue Barrasi, Artist and Educator
Christina Dellosso, Graphic Designer
Keri Horan, Special Education Educator
Sydney Navarro, Artist
Lauren Rudolph, Artist, Curator & Instructor
Sona Viola, Artist, Designer, and Curator

Submission Deadline: September 17th.
Exhibition Dates: November 18th – January 6th
Opening Reception: November 18th
Closing Reception: January 6th


“The gallery is about delivering a creative experience, interacting and working together. Each event brings people and artists together with art, expressions of desires and will – created of our own individual and collective volition.” - Founder and Owner, Phyllis Dodge


is a unique community of gallery spaces, unique studios, businesses, and outdoor haven on 12+ sprawling acres of rustic beauty located in the lower Hudson Valley (only 30 minutes from Manhattan). 


Accepted Media: 
The exhibition will include work in ANY MEDIA. 2D or 3D, poetry, film. Work may not exceed 38” inches in any direction. Hanging artwork may not exceed 25lbs. All work must be ready to hang. 

Open to all differently abled artists 7 years and older. Work must be created within the past two years. 

Fees:  No entry fee, 6 pieces of art may be submitted for review.  30 percent of sales will go to fund exhibit and future exhibits. Not for sale items will be accepted. Prints available upon requests suggested.

All submissions are due by September 17th, 2018. All images must be submitted as high res jpg files no larger that file size of 4MB or less, to Phyllis Dodge at Please name jpgs as follows...“YourFullName_Title_Medium.jpg”. If accepted into exhibit, these files may be used for marketing purposes and online sales at Please make sure artwork is properly represented during submission. Please include a brief description of yourself, artwork and your pricing in email. 

Drop Off: Work must be delivered to V°LITION Gallery on Sunday, November 4th from 12pm-4pm & Monday, November 5th from 4pm-7pm. Please have your artwork properly prepared for hanging or display. All work must remain on exhibition for the duration of the exhibition.

Shipped Work: 
Shipped work must arrive at Bell-ans Center of Creative Arts 103 S. Greenbush Rd. Orangeburg, NY 10962, on or before November 12th. All shipped work must include prepaid return shipping label, be trackable, and have appropriate packaging for return of artwork. 

All work must be finished and completely dried. Wall art must be suitably framed and wired for hanging. Please notify Phyllis Dodge of shipping details at

All work must be removed on January 6, 2019. Pick up hours are from 430pm until 630pm. 

All work must be for sale. A commission of 30% will be charged on all sales. Price may not be changed from price listed upon submission. All payments of sales will be sent to artist within one month after exhibit has ended. All Sales commission will be used to fund this exhibit and future exhibits at the gallery.

Liability & Insurance: 
The Curator and V°LITION Gallery reserve the right to reject any work not accurately represented by the images submitted or not properly prepared for exhibition. Every care will be taken to provide for the safety of all artwork. Entries will be handled with all possible care. Volition Gallery, its officers and agents will not be responsible for any loss, damage of theft of artwork during exhibition. Works will be handled and exhibited at the artist's own risk. Any questions regarding liability insurance, please contact gallery director at

Contact Phyllis Dodge at