Sat Feb 16 2019
"Untitled," a pen-and-paper drawing by Deborah R. Flye.

On March 6, ICI's Art for All: The Stephanie Evelo Fund for Art Inclusion, will install a new exhibit titled “United Practice” in Pattee Hall at the University of Minnesota. The exhibition partner, the Avivo ArtWorks Collective, is a group of 16 artists (including Deborah R. Flye, whose untitled ink drawing is shown here) who unite to practice art, embrace diversity, build community, and present their work publicly. The Collective is supported by Avivo, a Minneapolis nonprofit specializing in helping individuals and their families who face complex barriers to success—poverty, homelessness, unemployment, chemical addiction or mental health concerns.

The public reception for the show is scheduled for March 14, 4–6:30 pm, with an artist talk at 5:15 pm. The exhibit runs through May 24.

Art for All curates ongoing and revolving exhibits of visual art at ICI, celebrating art and diversity while supporting artists with disabilities. “At Art for All, we are excited to expand our inclusive vision around promoting artists living with disabilities to include people who identify as living with a mental health diagnosis,” says project director Mark Olson. “We share with Avivo the belief that those exhibiting their work are artists first and their diagnosis is secondary.”

Art for All: The Stephanie Evelo Fund for Art Inclusion was established to recognize and celebrate artists with disabilities. The Fund was created by Sheryl and David Evelo in partnership with ICI in memory of their daughter, Stephanie (1969–2012), an artist and ICI employee. With fiscal support from the Fund, the Stephanie Award, including a $100 gift card, is awarded to one artist from each exhibition. ICI also makes a contribution to the organization supporting that artist.

Pattee Hall, the home building of ICI, is at 150 Pillsbury Dr SE in Minneapolis.