Yarborough Branch

 

Yarborough Branch

512-974-8820
Sunday 2 PM - 6 PM
Monday - Thursday 10 AM - 9 PM
Friday 10 AM - 6 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM

The Yarborough Branch is located in Council District 7 of the City of Austin.

Drawing by children from the Ukraine

An exhibition of graphic works inspired by American science fiction stories. Drawn by children from the Ukraine. Courtesy of Sergey Grichanok, Head of the Methodical Association of the Visual Profile Secondary School No. 133 (Lyceum of Arts). Kharkiv, Ukraine. 2015. Exhibition on Loan from the Fermata Arts Foundation Program, dedicated to promoting peace through arts and culture.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and early diagnosis/intervention and access to appropriate services/supports lead to significantly improved outcomes.

Some of the behaviors associated with autism include delayed learning of language; difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation; difficulty with executive functioning, which relates to reasoning and planning; narrow, intense interests; poor motor skills’ and sensory sensitivities. Again, a person on the spectrum might follow many of these behaviors or just a few, or many others besides. The diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder is applied based on analysis of all behaviors and their severity.

In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their “Community Report on Autism.” The report concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 68 births in the United States – nearly twice as great as the 2004 rate of 1 in 125. And the rates are higher for boys with almost 1 in 54 being affected.

Our featured artists, all living with autism spectrum disorder, are members of the Austin-area community. Each are inspired to communicate their unique perspectives through their created artworks. Art provides an important portal for people with autism to communicate their inner worlds in a way that they might not be able to communicate with verbal communications. We invite you to enjoy the art and to gain insight into the world from their viewpoints.

 

Artists

Augie Fagelman

Richmond Freeman

Niko Gouris

Larin Harp

James Hernandez

Quin Heston

Emmett Hiller

Alec McKelvey

Ariana Rangel

Hudson Tartack

Jackson Sutton

Ebony Young

Acknowledgements

The Yarborough Branch thanks Imagine Art, Clifton Career Development School, VSA Texas, Texas Autism Society, and Arc of the Capital Area for their support and encouragement in putting together this exhibition.

The Exhibit will be on display from Sunday, February 11 through Saturday, March 31, at the Yarborough Branch.