As NIAD studio artists paint, build sculpture, mold clay, or work with textiles, their skills of observation and project management improve. As they explore and express their creativity, exhibit work in contemporary galleries, participate in the community, and earn money from selling art, their feelings of independence and self-esteem increase.
Each piece of NIAD art is an original work of contemporary art that tells an individual story from the perspective of an artist with disabilities.
While not all of NIAD’s artists receive widespread recognition for their art, all gain a sense of pride from learning a craft and profession of their own. Artists at NIAD earn a 50% commission from the sale of their work and all have sold at least one piece of art per year by participating in our studio program.
Equally important to our artists is the community and sense of purpose their participation allows. Mentored by skilled professionals (all of the staff hold a Master of Fine Arts degree and are themselves accomplished artists), NIAD’s artists see and study contemporary art by visiting local galleries, studios and museums. Inspired, they return to the Art Center to create their own work. NIAD artists also have opportunities to take classes in music, dance, and performance.
Visitors and participants alike have been described NIAD studio’s environment as inclusive, nurturing, and welcoming. Come see for yourself. Visitors and volunteers are welcome. NIAD holds monthly exhibitions conveniently located close to BART. Our gallery and storefront demonstrate how easy and affordable owning remarkable contemporary art can be.
When you own a piece of NIAD art (or make a donation) you connect with the unique story of an artist with disabilities, honor an original voice in contemporary art, and allow an uncommon artist to earn income from their work. Your participation and support makes possible NIAD’s best work.