Spotlighting artists with disabilities

Noreen Gomez, left, and Eileen Murray in front of “The Good Arts are Special” by Ellen Kane.

Eleven Arts Access artists have their visual art on display at the Collaborative Art Exhibition at Rutgers University New Jersey Medical School in Newark. In addition to showcasing the work of Arts Access artists, the exhibit features the art of three other organizations for people with disabilities that have adapted the Arts Access Program and its methodology: the Arc of Mercer County in Ewing, NJ; Hattie Larlham Creative Arts Program in Twinsburg, Ohio; and WAE Center of Jewish Services for the Developmentally Disabled in West Orange, NJ.

The exhibition opened in May and runs through the end of August. It was coordinated by Noreen Gomez, the facilities program specialist at New Jersey Medical School, and was launched at a reception on Sunday, May 18.

Arts Access gives individuals with disabilities the freedom to create in the visual, literary and performing arts. The Collaborative Art Exhibition is one of three four-month shows at the New Jersey Medical School, ranging from paintings and photography to sculpture, jewelry and textiles.