Exhibitions & Events

Upcoming Events


Paint the Town Brown
April 6, 2017 | 6:30 PM
Three Sixty | 10 Desbrosses Street | Tribeca, NY

PAINT THE TOWN BROWN is an all out celebration of leadership, creativity and passion. The Shield Institute and Pure Vision Arts are honoring Beth Anisman and Susan Brown & her family.

Our biennial bash bring out hundreds of people who have one common purposes: to show their solidarity with people who need it most. By working with individuals, families and communities, The Shield Institute and Pure Vision Arts enable children and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities to lead full, meaningful lives, just like they deserve.

To buy tickets and learn more click here



Outsider Art Fair
PVA Booth #57

Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011

Opening Reception
Thursday, January 19th, 6-9 pm
$75 per ticket

Thursday, January 19th:
Early access 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm;
Vernissage 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, January 20th: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday, January 21st: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday, January 22nd: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Pure Vision Arts will be premiering new work at the fair by Susan Brown, Jonathan Campos, Chase Ferguson, Oscar Azmitia, Walter Mika and
Barry Kahn in Booth # 57

Past Exhibitions


Birds of a Feather
Pure Vision Arts 15th Anniversary Group Exhibition

Opening Reception 
Saturday, December 10th 4-7 PM
Pure Vision Arts| 114 W 17th Street 3R | NY, NY 10011

Please join us in celebrating Pure Vision Arts 15th Anniversary with a group exhibition and reception featuring work by PVA artists: Joshua Albarran, Oscar Azmitia, Jules Bogen, William Britt, Susan Brown, Maria Camacho, Jonathan Campos, Harry Carrasquillo, Christopher Chronopoulos, Victor Cristescu, Chase Ferguson, Roy Gabbay, Oliver Goodwin, Evan Gozali, Elisa Huberman, Simone Johnson, Barry Kahn, Alex Kaufman, Kai-Wai Leung, Chris Martin, Walter Mika, Stephen Mulhauser, Armando Nunez, Jessica Park, Eric Sadowsky, Howard Schefflin, Tayloe Schinz-Devico, Alba Somoza, Simone Steinberg, Shmuel Taurog, Matthew Warkenthien, Dennis Yee.

There will be a popup shop with handmade boutique items for purchase and refreshments will be served. For more
information, visit purevisionarts.org or email us at purevisionarts@shield.org


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Chase Ferguson: Cars, Busses, and Trains
Pioneer Works | Opening October 19th, 2016
159 Pioneer St. Brooklyn, NY

Using the most humble of materials, Ferguson recreates cars, buses, train sets, and parking meters in exacting detail—down to year, make, and model.

Cars, Buses, and Trains displays hundreds of these cars, along with train sets and near life-size parking meters. Often overlooked, these quotidian realities of New York City living became of particular interest to Ferguson. The backbone of our collective city existence, he makes them pride of place, assigning them special value for their unheralded role in making our lives functional.

Cars, Buses, and Trains was curated by Gabriel Florenz and funded by a grant from New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


Art Enables hosts the annual exhibit known as Outsider Art Inside the Beltway (OAIB), showcasing self-taught, folk, and outsider artwork from artists living and working throughout the U.S. This year, participating from Pure Vision Arts is Susan Brown, Chris Chronopoulos, Roy Gabbay, Elisa Huberman and Dennis Yee.

Outsider Art Inside the Beltway
Opening Reception
Saturday, October 8th, 2016, from 1 – 4 pm
2204 Rhode Island Ave.
NE, Washington, DC 20018.

The exhibit is open to the public and free of charge and will continue to be on display until Wednesday, November 23rd.



We are pleased to announce our participation in Visions et Creation Dissidentes, a major international exhibition of nine artists, featuring over 130 paintings, drawings, collages and sculptures, including 20 New York City paintings from Susan Brown and 20 drawings by Barry Kahn of Pure Vision Arts. The exhibit will be taking place in Bègles, France, opening on September 24th.

September 24- November 20
58 Avenue du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny,
33130 Bègles, France.

Past Events


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We are happy to announce our current exhibit at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center in Vermont, featuring the work of PVA artists: Oscar Azmitia, William Britt, Susan Brown, Chase Ferguson, Elisa Huberman, Evan Gozali, Barry Kahn, Walter Mika, Jessica Park, Alba Somoza and Shmuel Taurog.

“The works selected for this exhibit were made by individuals whose artistic impulses emerge from their personal experiences with autism and other developmental disorders. They exemplify the strength, variety, and individuality of Outsider Art…” – Tony Gengarelly, PhD, Curator

Visions from the Edge
An Exploration of Outsider Art

March 19 – June 13, 2016
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301

April 17, Sunday 2 pm
Curator Tour

April 30, Saturday 2-6 pm
Panel Discussion & Workshop

Open Daily 11-5 / CLOSED TUESDAY



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Visionary Streetscapes: Works from Pure Vision Arts
Opening Reception January 30 @ 6 PM
On view Jan 21- MAY 15 2016
The City Reliquary Museum

Join us at The City Reliquary Museum on Saturday, January 30, at 6 PM as we celebrate our latest exhibition, Visionary Streetscapes!
This show features works from Oscar Azmitia, Susan Brown, Chase Ferguson, and Howard Schefflin. All four artists are from Pure Vision Arts, Manhattan’s first specialized art studio and exhibition space for artists with autism and other developmental disabilities.

The drawings, paintings, and sculptures featured in this exhibition reveal the spirit of New York through representations of the familiar. Each artist uniquely captures the frenetic energy and strange beauty of daily life in the city through images of commonplace people, places, and things. In some cases, the artist’s use of unorthodox materials adds an additional dimension of complexity to the work.

All artwork in this exhibition is available for sale.

Outsider Art Fair 2016
January 21 – January 24, 2016.
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W. 18th Street,
New York, N.Y.

We were pleased to have been chosen to show at the 2016 Outsider Art Fair.  In spite of this year’s untimely blizzard, we had a very nice showing of old friends and new at our booth.  Thank you to everyone who dropped by to visit, and to those who went home with a beautiful painting.


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THURSDAY, DEC 3,2016  – 6:00 pm

Rockland Center for the Arts
27 S Greenbush Rd
West Nyack, NY 10994

A ROCA SPECIAL EVENT –  In conjunction with ROCA’S Pure Vision Arts’ exhibition, BEAUTIFUL MINDS:pure vision, there will be a visual presentation & discussion.  

PVA Director Pamala Rogers, Ed.D., will share her insights into the unique minds of neuro-developmentally challenged artists whose artwork is in demand by collectors.  The public, educators and families of developmentally challenged individuals are invited to attend and participate.    Refreshments will be served. FREE – RSVP to info@rocklandartcenter.org.


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Beautiful Minds: Pure Vision
Rockland Center for the Arts
27 S Greenbush Rd
West Nyack, NY 10994

The exhibition runs through January 24, 2016.

RoCA Gallery Hours
Monday – Friday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Closed holidays
Admission by suggested donation

The opening reception of for the exhibition “Beautiful Minds:Pure Vision” was held on Sunday, November 1st, at Rockland Center for the Arts and featured over 120 works by PVA artists:  Nicole Appel, Oscar Azmitia, William Britt, Susan Brown, Chris Chronopoulos, Chase Ferguson, Barry Kahn, Chris Martin, Walter Mika, Eric Sadowsky, Alba Somoza and Dennis Yee.  Thank you to everyone at RoCA for the beautiful installation and their hard work.

10th annual Outsider Art Inside the Beltway
October 10 – November 16, 2015

2204 Rhode Island Avenue
NE, Washington, DC.

Pure Vision Arts artists’ Andre Adom, Stephen Mulhauser and Simone Johnson represent the studio at the annual Art Enables exhibition in Washington.

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Somoza Palooza
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Metropolitan West
635 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036

Special Guest
Amy Poehler

Click here to see photos and read a review of this successful and memorable event honoring the Somoza family


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Outsider Art Fair 2015
January 29 – February 1, 2015
Center 548
548 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011

Pure Vision Arts was one of only four not-for-profit organizations accepted to show at the  2015 Outsider Art Fair at Center 548. Featuring works by both well-known and newly discovered self-taught artists from around the world, we are proud to report that the work of all PVA artists submitted to the jury was accepted. These artists were Nicole Appel, Oscar Azmitia, Susan Brown, Christopher Chronopoulos, Chase Ferguson, Barry Kahn, Walter Mika and Eric Sadowsky.  Thanks to everyone who dropped by Booth 412 to support us.

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This exhibition was funded by a grant from New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.




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On Saturday, December 6, 2014, Pure Vision Arts celebrated its 12-Year Anniversary with a group exhibition and sale in the studio. From 3:00pm – 7:00pm, there was a steady stream of enthusiastic supporters.  Artists were on hand to meet the guests and discuss their work. Many thanks to all who attended in spite of the heavy rain.

NYSCA logoThis exhibition was funded by a grant from New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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Pure Vison Arts 12 Year Anniversary Group Exhibition
Opening Reception- Saturday, December 6, 2014
3 – 7PM


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PVA was invited to exhibit at The Gallery at Ace Hotel, New York. A well attended opening reception was held on October 7th. The exhibition hung for four weeks giving PVA and its artists much appreciated exposure and featured the work of Oscar Azmitia, Jules Bogen, Susan Brown, Chase Ferguson, Simone Johnson, Walter Mika and Eric Sadowsky.

Pure Vision Arts at Art Enables : Outsider Art Inside the Beltway


Congratulations to Oscar Azmitia, Chris Chronopoulos and Barry Kahn for being selected to exhibit their work at Art Enables’ Outsider Art Inside the Beltway (OAIB) in Washington DC this year. Showcasing art made by people with disabilities from around the country, OAIB opens on October 11, 2014 and runs through November 21, 2014. For more information, please visit Art Enables’ website here.


January 25th- September 1, 2014

Artists Reception Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 (6:00-8:00pm)
New York Transit Museum
Boerum Pl and Schermerhorn St.
Brooklyn NY, 11211

Pure Vision Arts is delighted to be collaborating with The New York Transit Museum exhibition Transit on the Spectrum: The Art of Pure Vision. Transit themed art by Pure Vision Arts’ artists will be on view as well as a new documentary short based on PVA by Lauryn Siegel and THEY Bklyn. We hope you will visit the Museum located at the corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, NY. For more information about the museum, visit their website here.

This exhibition has been made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts and The Capital Group Companies.

Any Colour You Like at Weird Days, Brooklyn, NY


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Over 150 guests attended PVA’s group exhibition opening at Weird Days, in Williamsburg Brooklyn.  Curated by Makiko Wholey and Anna Schechter the exhibition featured the work of artists Nicole Appel, Susan Brown, Chase Ferguson, Walter Mika and Simone Steinberg.  Many thanks to the hosts of Weird Days for this enjoyable summer celebration of PVA artists.  We made many new friends and are very appreciative of everyone who attended.

Pure Vision Arts’ Al Fresco at LWR Fine Arts Gallery


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Alba Somoza, Nicole and Rona Appel at Al Fresco

Shield Institute Board member, Lori Reinsberg of LWR Fine Arts, recently hosted and curated Al Fresco, an exhibition of PVA artists Nicole Appel, Oscar Azmitia, Susan Brown, Chase Ferguson and Walter Mika. The evening event was well attended and everyone enjoyed meeting the artists as well as the delicious food and wine. Sales were brisk, and many art enthusiasts, collectors and gallerists, most new to Pure Vision Arts, took home their first piece of PVA art. Everyone associated with The Shield Institute and the art studio would like to extend a special thank you to hosts Lori and John Reinsberg, and all the guests who turned out to make this such a successful and memorable exhibition.

Pure Vision Arts at the 22nd Annual Outsider Art Fair

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Nicole Appel, Vintage Tools, Pencil on Paper, 2013

May 8th-11th, 2014
Center 548, 548 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10014

PVA’s participation at the 22nd Outsider Art Fair held at Center 548 in Chelsea was a major success. Visitors who visited Booth 412 were delighted with the work of Nicole Appel, Oscar Azmitia, Susan Brown and Chase Ferguson, and many took home their first piece of PVA art. Thank you to everyone who came out to support us.





Transit on the Spectrum, The Art of Pure Vision


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Chase Ferguson in front of his work at the Artists’ Reception

 Pure Vision Arts would like to thank all those who attended our Artists’ Reception at the New York Transit Museum on April 2nd, 2014, celebrating the accomplishments of our artists’ transit-themed work. It was a beautiful night of art and live music by the Ebony Hillbillies. Guests also enjoyed the opportunity to see the museum’s permanent collection. We would like to give a special thanks to the museum’s events staff for hosting this event and to The Capital Group Companies for their generous support.


Pure Vision Arts at Art Enables’- Outsider Art Inside
the Beltway 

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October 12th-November 1st, 2013

Recent work by Oscar Azmitia, Susan Brown, Chase Ferguson and Walter Mika will be included in Art Enables’ 8th annual OAIB art exhibition. The show opens October 12th and runs through November 1st. It is located at Art Enables’ Gallery,         2204 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington DC. For more information on the museum, visit their website here.



Personal Space


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On Saturday, May 18th, 2013, PVA hosted our first Open House at the studio, which was held from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The extended hours allowed visitors to drop in at their convenience, with an opportunity for supporters and families to take the time to linger while having a snack, meet the artists and socialize with friends.  All of the artists were represented, and many beautiful pieces of art and boutique items were sold.  Many thanks once again to all of our loyal supporters as well as our new ones.

Saturday- May 18, 2013
Pure Vision Arts Studio
114 W 17 St., New York, NY 10011


Annual Outsider Art Fair



Thursday January 31 – Sunday February 3, 2013
Center 548
548 West 22nd St., New York, NY

Once again, Pure Vision Arts was selected to participate in the 21st Outsider Art Fair. Held at its new venue, Center 548 in Chelsea, this popular fair is the cornerstone of the self-taught and folk art scene, and we were proud to join the 39 international galleries who participated. This fair is always an important opportunity for us to continue building public awareness of our artists’ important creative contributions, and thousands of attendees visited our booth, many purchasing their first piece of PVA art.

Pure Folk

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Thursday, November 29, 2012
American Folk Art Museum

2 Lincoln Square, New York, NY

On November 29, 2013, Pure Folk, Pure Vision Arts 10 Year Anniversary was celebrated at the American Folk Art Museum.  Well attended, PVA’s artists’ paintings were exhibited alongside the American Folk Art Museum masterpieces.  Director Pam Rogers welcomed guests calling the landmark anniversary, “a dream come true, “and PVA artist Shmuel Taurog took the podium to tell the crowd how much Pure Vision Arts has meant to him since he began attending the studio in 2003.  It was a joy filled celebration with many loyal supporters in attendance, among them staff of major sponsors, The Capital Group Companies and TD Bank who could be seen chatting with the artists and discussing their paintings. Many thanks to the staff of the American Folk Art Museum and everyone who contributed to the success of Pure Vision Arts’ 10 year milestone.

Visions from the Edge: The Artists of Pure Vision

Thursday, January 26-February 19, 2012
MCLA Gallery 51

Main St, North Adams, MA

Visions from the Edge, an exhibition at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ Gallery 51 in North Adams Massachusetts, marked another collaboration between MCLA and Pure Vision Arts.  Organized and curated by eight students from MCLA’s Advanced Museum Studies class under the direction of Dr. Anthony Gengarelly’s Fine and Performing Arts Department, the exhibit featured the work of eleven PVA artists: William Britt, Susan Brown, Chase Ferguson, Evan Gozali, Belo Green, Barry Kahn, Simone Johnson, Leon McCutcheon, Walter Mika, Jessica Park and Alba Somoza.

During the run of the exhibition, Gallery 51 also hosted a series of lectures exploring self-taught art, outsider art and neuro-diverse art.

The Pure Vision Arts’ staff and artists want to thank everyone for their hard work and enthusiasm in mounting this flawlessly executed exhibition.

To see more images and updates prior to the show, you can visit the student’s blog  Vision from the Edge.

20th Anniversary Outsider Art Fair


January 27 – 29, 2012
20th Anniversary Outsider Art Fair
New York, New York

Pure Vision Arts joined 34 other international exhibitors for the 20th Anniversary Outsider Art Fair.  To quote art critic Edward M. Gomes,  “Among the offerings of its 35 gallery-exhibitors from North America, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean … you’re sure to make some exciting discoveries of your own – and to be deeply moved by some of the most original art forms to be found anywhere on the international market today.  He goes on to say [Those who attend] find that it is filled with soul, raw creative energy and an aura of authenticity that they cannot or do not find easily among the deluge of art merchandise that is available on the broader contemporary-art market…”

This was a beautiful and successful event and the staff and artists of Pure Vision Arts were proud to participate. We made many new friends and were delighted to welcome old friends to Booth D-12.  We have subsequently scheduled many private appointments for people to visit our studio and gallery space.  The staff and artists would like to thank everyone who took the time to visit us for their support of this extraordinary event.

Innocence & Experience
9th Anniversary Exhibition and Reception

Thursday, December 1, 2011 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Pure Vision Arts Studio
114 W 17 St., New York, NY 10011

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On behalf of everyone associated with Pure Vision Arts, we thank you for joining us for Innocence and Experience our 9th Anniversary Exhibition and Reception.


Aeroplanes, Balloons & Traffic

June 4 – July 23, 2011
The Olof Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The work of Pure Vision artists Susan Brown and Stephen Mulhauser is included in Aeroplanes, Balloons & Traffic.  This exhibition organized by OLOF ART in cooperation with Outsider Art Amsterdam is on view through July 23, 2011.  For more information, please visit The Olof Gallery website.

6th Annual Outsider Art in the Hamptons

May 27, 2011 – September 6, 2011
Gallerie BelAge
8 Moniebogue Lane, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978

Pure Vision Collaborated for the third year with the Fountain Gallery and the Survivors Art Foundation in The 6th Annual Outsider Art in the Hamptons. This popular exhibition is being held at Galerie BelAge in Westhampton Beach, New York through September 6, 2011.

Labor of Love – 8th Anniversary Exhibition and Reception
Funded by a generous donation from the Capital Group Companies

Thursday, November 18, 2010
Pure Vision Arts Studio
114 West 17th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10011

Over 200 supporters and friends of Pure Vision Arts gathered for the 8th Anniversary Exhibition and Reception. The evening featured new art by the Pure Vision Arts self-taught artists, many of whom were on hand to discuss their work.  “Meeting and talking with the artists is a fascinating, unforgettable experience.  For me it is the real highlight of the event,” said a longtime PVA supporter.  Everyone was delighted by the art and handmade boutique items and kept staff and volunteers happily making sales all evening.  Once again, many thanks to everyone who helped make this event so memorable.

The 5th Annual Outsider Art in the Hamptons

June 1, 2010 – September 6, 2010
Gallerie BelAge
8 Moniebogue Lane, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978

Pure Vision Arts collaborated with the Fountain Gallery and the Survivors Art Foundation at the Galerie BelAge in Westhampton Beach.  This beautiful exhibition of work by visionary and self-taught artists was well attended and celebrated with openings featuring musical and poetry performances.  Over 80 artists from countries including Austria, England, China, France, Russia, The Netherlands and the United States exhibited their work.

Outside Hers

December 1, 2009 – February 28, 2010
Olof Gallery, The Netherlands

Pure Vision Arts’ artist, Susan Brown participated in a three-woman show at the Olof Gallery in the Netherlands entitled Outside Hers. To learn more about the Olof Gallery, we invite you to visit their website, http://www.olof-art.nl/.

Outsider Art Fair

February 5-7, 2010
New York, New York

Pure Vision Arts staff greeted art lovers at Booth 14 at the 2010 Outsider ArtFair held in New York City. Sharing the booth with Galerie Atelier Herenplaats from the Netherlands, sales were steady. It was a pleasure to have our studio represented once again at this world class exhibition; many new friends were introduced to the art of PVA’s talented artists, and the work of The Shield Institute.

Paradise Found

November 12, 2009
Pure Vision Arts Studio
114 West 17th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10011

On November 12th, 2009, several hundred people attended Paradise Found, Pure Vision Arts 7th Anniversary Community Reception at their 17th Street studio in Manhattan, featuring the art of PVA’s self-taught artists.

Many of the artists were in attendance, including Mr. William Britt who made the trip to the studio from West Haverstraw, New York and whose new work was featured; a monograph of his work was previewed. Sales were brisk as old PVA friends and those new to the extraordinary work mingled with the artists and enjoyed the food and wine.

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June 3, 2009,
Marlborough Gallery
40 West 57th Street, New York, NY

Well over 200 guests joined talented artists from The Shield Institute’s Pure Vision Arts studio June 3rd to raise over $60,000 for programs benefitting children and adults with developmental disabilities. The event took place at the Marlborough Gallery on West 57th Street where gallery-goers enjoyed delicious food donated by Etats-Unis Restaurant, fine wines from Pindar Vineyards, and a great live jazz trio led by Ethan Mann. The music provided a perfect accompaniment as the audience viewed new work by artists from New York’s only full time professional art studio for these artists. Artists’ work was sold during the exhibition and at a special auction lead by the Antique Roadshow’s Harmer Johnson.

The Shield Institute’s 2009 Pure Visionary Award was presented to disability rights advocate Mary Somoza by her daughter Alba Somoza, an artist at the PVA studio in Chelsea.

Former President Bill Clinton, writing in a special greeting to the audience, underscored that in advocating for the full educational rights of her twin daughters, both of whom have Cerebral Palsy, Mary Somoza was instrumental in helping pave the way for other children with disabilities seeking inclusion. “Her story demonstrates the power each of us has to make a difference,” Clinton wrote, “and Alba’s artwork is a shining example of how much we have to gain by embracing the creativity and gifts of all our people.”

William Britt, Leon McCutcheon and Susan Brown as well as other of the studio’s artists enjoyed sharing comments about their work during the fast-paced auction. Britt is among the most accomplished self-taught artists working today; he lived for over thirty years in the Willow Brook State Institution before it’s closing several decades ago. Since moving into his own home in the Hudson Valley,Britt has found success as a naturalist painter known for his astonishing landscapes and sensitive studies of birds and other wildlife. “What do the Emperor of Japan, Prince Charles and Nancy Reagan all have in common?” Auctioneer Johnson asked the audience. “All own paintings by Willy Britt.”

Major sponsors of the evening included Bryan Cave LLP, The Capital Companies, The Clinton Family Foundation, Consolidated Bus Transit and the TD Bank.

Modern Primitive, 6th Anniversary Exhibition and Reception

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Pure Vision Arts Studio
114 West 17th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10011

To kick off the holiday season, Pure Vision Arts opened its doors for its annual community event. The capacity crowd enjoyed viewing the new art, purchased artwork and gifts, and mingled with PVA’s talented artists. Thanks to everyone who participated.

Rocking Horse Cafe Dia De Los Muertos Benefit & Art Auction

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 – 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Rocking Horse Cafe
182 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street), New York, NY 10011

Chelsea’s Rocking Horse Cafe, one of New York’s most spirited Mexican restaurants, hosted its 12th Annual Dia De Los Muertos Benefit to support scholarships for artists at The Shield Institute’s Pure Vision Arts studio.

Dia De Los Muertos is an annual celebration honoring the memory of loved ones who have gone before us. The Day of the Dead is a joyous affirmation of life, commemorated in Mexico with altars, seasonal foods and family gatherings.
Rocking Horse Cafe put a lively spin on this holiday, gathering friends and neighbors for a unique evening of exquisite food, drink, art and music.

The party featured an exhibition and silent auction of Day of the Dead altars created especially for the event by emerging and established visual artists, many from the PVA studio. A live auction was made possible through the generosity of businesses and individuals including the Blue Man Group, The City Quilter, Herradura, The Isadora Duncan Dance Company, The Joyce Theater, artist Elke Kuhn, the Rocking Horse Cafe, the Rubin Museum of Art, Starting Line, and McBurney YMCA.

PVA thanks all the sponsors, artists, guests and volunteers who made this festive evening possible.

Marlborough Chelsea Benefit Art Auction and Exhibition

June 4, 2008, 6:00
Marlborough Chelsea
545 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001

The Shield’s benefit art auction and exhibition, held June 4, raised over $80,000 to support programs serving New Yorkers with autism and other develop-mental disabilities. Once again, Harmer Johnson of the Antiques Roadshow led an exciting auction in which Susan Brown’s painting sold for a record $4,000. Brown was one of more than twenty artists whose work was on exhibition.

An enthusiastic audience enjoyed gourmet food donated by the Rocking Horse Cafe and fine wine donated by Pindar Vineyards of Long Island. A jazz trio led by guitarist Ethan Mann played into the night. 2008 Pure Visionary Awards were presented to PVA artist Jessica Park and her trailblazing mother, Clara Claiborne Park, the author of seminal books on raising a daughter on the spectrum. PVA’s Director, Pamala Rogers hailed them as “women of pure vision” who have had a significant cultural impact. Jessica signed copies of a new book about her work, Exploring Nirvana: The Art of Jessica Park.

The event’s major sponsors were: Capital Research Company, Bryan Cave LLP, Consolidated Bus Transit, The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services and Zaro’s Bakery: Chelsea, Grand Central and Penn Station.

Thanks to our many enthusiastic and devoted volunteers and to everyone who participated in this wonderful evening.

City Folk

November 8, 2007
Pure Vision Arts
114 West 17th Street, Suite 3-R
New York, NY 10011

On the occasion of Pure Vision Arts’ five year anniversary, the studio hosted City Folk, a group exhibition featuring work by self-taught artists.

Pure Vision Arts at Marlborough Gallery

June 14, 2007
Marlborough Gallery
40 West 57th Street, New York, NY

Pure Vision Arts at Marlborough Gallery, The Shield Institute’s second annual benefit art auction and exhibition, celebrated the cultural contributions of artists with autism and other developmental disabilities as part of a special gala evening at one of the world’s leading contemporary art galleries. This year’s exhibition had a special focus on Susan Brown and Jessica Park, two extraordinary artists on the autism spectrum who have been with the Pure Vision Arts studio since its opening in 2002.

Works by William Britt, Susan Brown, Leon McCutcheon, Walter Mika and Jessica Park were sold during a spirited auction led by auctioneer Harmer Johnson. The auction also included a signed blueprint by Temple Grandin, a designer of livestock handling facilities, professor of animal science at Colorado State University and arguably the most famous person with autism.

Urban Visionaries

January 23-31, 2007

Pure Vision Arts Studio
114 West 17th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10011

In conjunction with the Outsider Art Fair, Pure Vision Arts hosted Urban Visionaries, the first exhibition collaboration with the Dutch studios Atelier Herenplaats and Kunst & Vliegwerk. Several hundred guests visited the gallery over the course of the exhibition and nearly $25,000 was raised to provide economically disadvantaged artists with scholarships to Pure Vision Arts.

Pure Vision Arts at Marlborough Chelsea

May 11, 2006
Marlborough Chelsea Gallery, 211 West 19th Street, New York, NY

Pure Vision Arts at Marlborough Chelsea, a benefit art auction and exhibition, raised nearly $150,000 through the sale and auction of work by artists with developmental challenges at one of the city’s best-known galleries of contemporary art. Hundreds attended the event at the Marlborough Chelsea gallery where “The Soprano’s” actress Lorraine Bracco and writer Esther Cohen, who directs the Bread and Roses Cultural Project of 1199 SEIU, received Pure Visionary Awards.

Art auctioneer George McNeely of Christie’s led the bidding on works by Pure Vision Arts artists Susan Brown and Leon McCutcheon as well as Richard Haas, David Remfry and Milton Glaser, well known artists who contributed their work as a show of support to Manhattan’s premiere studio for artists and artisans with developmental disabilities. Mr. Glaser’s original design Opening Eyes, created especialy for the evening, was auctioned for $2,500. A limited number of rare prints of this work can be purchased through Pure Vision Arts’ online Gallery Shop.

Outsider Art Fair

January 27–29, 2006
The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY

The Outsider Art Fair is an annual international event held in January at the Puck Building in SoHo, New York City. Leading galleries and art-studio programs representing self-taught artists gather to feature the best work of the contemporary movement. Artists in the exhibition include the legendary Grandma Moses, Henry Darger, Howard Finster, and Sam Doyle. Pure Vision Arts has been a participant in the fair since 2003.

Pure Visionaries: Artists on the Spectrum

November 3–23, 2005
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Cooper Square, New York, NY

Pure Visionaries was an art exhibition and one-day symposium celebrating the cultural achievements of people on the autism spectrum. Speakers and performers included Dr. Temple Grandin, associate professor at Colorado State University, Michael John Carley, playwright and executive director of the Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership, author Clara Claiborne Park, and artists Jessica Park, Johnny Seitz, and Chris Rials-Seitz.