Kennedy Krieger Artists Exhibit, Sell Work At Artscape

July 13, 2004
Renowned artist Dan Keplinger will meet with students, honor work

Baltimore - Artscape weekend will be an exciting one for Kennedy Krieger School students. Not only will art enthusiasts have the opportunity to view and purchase some exemplary pieces of artwork created by the students, but Dan Keplinger, a local artist who was the subject of the Oscar winning documentary King Gimp will be at Artscape to meet the students whose work is on display.

Keplinger, a former Kennedy Krieger Institute patient, will meet the students at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Kennedy Krieger booth in the Children's Park at Artscape. Born with cerebral palsy, Keplinger has overcome enormous odds to become a celebrated artist whose work sells in New York art galleries. His first local show, at Fleckenstein Gallery in Towson, ended in June..

Art is an integral part of the therapeutic and educational services that students receive in the Kennedy Krieger school programs. For many students with profound emotional, neurological or developmental disabilities, art gives them a way to express themselves when they cannot communicate in more traditional ways..

Josh, a 14-year-old student who attended the Kennedy Krieger School, loves to use his talent to create colorful and vivid pieces of art. Josh has been painting and drawing since he was 2. He loves to draw pictures of dragons, winged creatures and crocodiles. Channeling his energy on calming activities, Josh uses art as a way to express himself..

"Many times, students who come to Kennedy Krieger School find communication to be a challenge," says Millard. "When the students are given the opportunity to express themselves through art, not only are they expressing themselves, but they are learning and having fun.".

Students' artwork will be on display in the Children's Park all weekend. These colorful and imaginative pieces of art are for sale, with all proceeds benefiting the art programs at the Kennedy Krieger Schools.

For a preview of some of the art created by our students, check out the art galleries for Kennedy Krieger's Lower and Middle Grades and High School Career and Technology Center.

Kennedy Krieger Institute is dedicated to helping children and adolescents with disabilities resulting from disorders of the brain achieve their potential and participate as fully as possible in family, community and school life. For more information about Kennedy Krieger Institute, visit www.kennedykrieger.org..

Allison Nadelhaft, (443) 923-7330
Julie Lincoln, (443) 923-7334