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Honest Visions: Artists and Autism

Published February 9, 2017

Honest Visions: Artists and Autism

February 17 – March 26, 2017

Reception February 17th, 6 – 8 pm

Alvin I by Mikaela Sheldt

“Honest Visions” features exceptional two and three-dimensional works by artists with autism. Each artist encounters his or her neurological differences with uniquely fascinating expressions, yet a common thread of authenticity ties the artistic manifestations together. They represent truth, sincerity, and unabashed personal declarations.

As Mikaela Sheldt once remarked about the truth she finds in her art, “It’s not about making paintings, it’s about conveying that truth most effectively, most honestly and most vulnerably.”

“Honest Visions” is the first invitational exhibition in the Artists and Autism series presented by the FSU Autism Institute and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in partnership with VSA Florida.

Mikaela Sheldt
Artist’s Statement
Most of the time it is really hard for me to talk about how autism affects my experience of the world. I don’t know how to talk about it and I feel like most people wouldn’t or don’t want to understand. They look at me and see this attractive talented woman and can’t conceive of any difference. Anything I do that they don’t understand just gets chalked up to me “being an artist.” I guess I’m lucky in a lot of ways, but I really like how I can be my whole self through these art shows. I really appreciate the opportunity to acknowledge how Asperger’s is a part of my daily life and studio practice..



This program is sponsored in part by the City of Tallahassee, Leon County & Visit Tallahassee, the Council on Culture and Arts, and the Division of Cultural Affairs.