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Artist Talk: Arts for All
March 31, 2016 @ 6:00 am - 7:00 pm| $15
Thursday 31 March
MOCA members $5, non-members $15
Admission includes beer, wine and snacks
Join us as Matt Katz from Arts for All, Inc. discusses the work created by exhibiting artists in For All!
For All brings together drawings, and ceramics, and collaborative paintings made during the last five years, chosen from the collection of Arts for All, a local non-profit founded in 1979 that provides quality art focus for adults with disabilities. Arts for All provides both extremely valuable therapeutic support and vocational training, and the artwork that results definitively renders moot questions of outsider vs. insider or naïve vs. professional. The exhibition’s emphasis is on myriad resourceful and powerful drawing styles and exceptionally expressive and beautiful ceramics, in which boisterous figuration and rough materiality mix with refined aptitude. A provocation to the perversion of assigning objective values to art, For All is a showcase for contemporary artists whose backgrounds are undoubtedly integral, though in the end wholly irrelevant in regards to the distinctive merit of their output.
As a direct support professional at Tucson-based nonprofit Arts for All, Inc., Matt Katz wears many hats. In addition to working as an advocate and direct care attendant for the adults utilizing Arts for All’s day program, he draws on his background as a visual artist – and from past undergraduate and post -baccalaureate studio art and art history coursework – to enrich their educational experiences. Assisting with the “For All” exhibition at MOCA Tucson has been an exciting opportunity for Katz to contribute to the dream of fuller participation in the art world for artists with disabilities.