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ArtHouse | Project Onward Art Exhibit ‘Honoring Legendary African American Artists: Distinct Portraiture by disAbled Artists’

ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen presents...

Project Onward Art Exhibit: Honoring Legendary African American Artists: Distinct Portraiture by disAbled Artists

ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen is proud to announce Project Onward will be bringing their latest exhibit, ‘Honoring Legendary African American Artists: Distinct Portraiture by disAbled Artists’, to the ArtHouse! Open for display now until Saturday, May 5th, 2018 | 9AM to 5PM, Mon-Fri at the ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen located at 411 E. 5th. Avenue in Gary, IN. View works of art by Project Onward artists as they honor African American painters, sculptors, and installation artists through captivating portraitures.


The exhibit is supported by a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Eighteen pieces are newly created by Project Onward’s artists highlighting portraits of celebrated painters, sculptors, and printmakers, rendered by Project Onward’s master artists. Subjects include, among others, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Wangechi Mutu, Kerry James Marshall and Elizabeth Catlett. PORTRAITS was given its world premiere in February 2018 in conjunction with Black History Month. All works are created by Project Onward’s mentally and developmentally challenged artists. All proceeds benefit their studio and gallery.

This art exhibit is free to view, please RSVP at


Project Onward is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization studio and gallery for professional artists with mental and developmental disabilities.

This organization supports the professional development of artists with exceptional talents and challenges, ranging from autism to mental illness, and provides these artists with workspace, materials, professional guidance, exhibition opportunities and access to markets to sell their work and advance their careers.

Studio + Gallery

Project Onward’s studio and gallery are FREE and open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm, and on the 3rd Friday of each month until 9PM. In opening the studio and gallery to the public and activating the space with free public programs, Project Onward seeks to promote art as a powerful tool for understanding and valuing the real and potential contributions of our national population with disabilities. At Project Onward, art has become a unique medium for comprehensively and constructively discussing mental illness and developmental disabilities and re-framing the discussion around these artists’ abilities. 


Housed on the Bridgeport Art Center’s 4th Floor, Project Onward presents group and solo exhibitions in three galleries: the Main Gallery, the Spotlight Gallery and Gallery B. These professionally curated spaces host regularly rotating exhibitions that feature art by Project Onward’s member artists. The gallery celebrates new openings monthly and invites collectors, supporters and the public to enjoy drinks and refreshment, explore the exhibitions and also engage with Project Onward artists while they work in the studio.

To learn more about Project Onward, please contact:

Project Onward | 1200 W. 35th St., 4th Floor | Chicago, IL 60609 | (773) 940-2992