Students in The Matheny School and adults in Matheny’s Adult Services program displayed their artistic ability in a four-day exhibit at the Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ, as part of its AccessABILITY series, which showcases fine art created by artists with disabilities.
Several of The Matheny School students were present at an opening reception on Thursday, February 18, that featured examples of a self-portrait photography project. The students used a front-facing camera and a photo booth application on classroom iPods in order to take the self-portrait photos. The portraits were shown in paper pressed frames made by the school’s transition class. Examples of the adults’ ceramic works were also on display. The pottery and sculptural works were created through hand building techniques of pinching, coiling, and slab building.
The AccessABILITY series is made possible in part by support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.