Stephanie Award Recipient
Many thanks to all who joined us on April 24, 2015 to celebrate Jimmy's art! See CEHD News article, Institute on Community Integration Showcases Artist Jimmy Reagan.
About the Artist: Born July 6, 1993 in St. Paul, MN and creating art since 2009, Reagan has a passion for color, texture and the simplicity of an image. His work is expressive and inventive while innocent and sophisticated at the same time. The sumptuous, unexpected array of color in Reagan's work, suggests the artist's relationship to synesthesia. Bright, electric color infuses his images as do short lines he defines as 'tick marks.' Reagan's favorite subjects are portraits – both people and animals. The subjects of Reagan’s portraiture often depict a clear, sometimes striking, direct gaze. Eye contact is an interesting and reccurring theme. Diagnosed with complex autism at age 2 1/2, Reagan's work offers him a means to illustrate his perspective of the world.
Here's a note from Jimmy's mother, Peg Reagan, on how he made use of the Stephanie Award gift card:
Usually, we can't get Jimmy to spend money. We've been talking with him about spending his Evelo card and he just says no. So, I'd been thinking...he loves our fireplace and fire pits in general. So last weekend, I asked him if he'd like a fire pit for the back yard. His eyes lit up...after looking at many images of fire pits, Jimmy actually selected one. He bought it today. He's thrilled...really happy! I've attached a photo. Thanks for making it happen!
About the Stephanie Award
The Stephanie Award is offered through the The Stephanie Evelo Fund for Art Inclusion, a fund that supports activities at the Institute on Community Integration that recognize and promote artwork created by people with disabilities. The fund was established by Sheryl and David Evelo in partnership with the Institute to remember their daughter Stephanie, a gifted artist and dedicated Institute employee and colleague. The Stephanie Award is offered to the favored individual artist in an ART for ALL exhibit. See more at the Stephanie Award.