Arts Exposition

Third Annual Brilliance of Autism Exhibit

May 20-24, 2015 

We applaud the artistic talents of individuals with autism of all ages and their families. This remarkable show will exhibit artists’ works in a variety of mediums including paintings, drawings, and sculpture.

The AutismOne/Focus for Health 2015 conference will be held at the beautiful Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel. Artists' sculptures and beautiful paintings will be on display in designated areas throughout the hotel. 

We are pleased to include the returning favorite, Trent Altman. Trent Altman is an award-winning artist of the United Nations Stamp Award, 2012 & the NYC McCarton Foundation Award Honoree, Genius of Autism, 2012. 

For inquiries, email Dr. Jackie Marquette, AutismOne art curator, at 




Trent Altman (top image) of Louisville, KY, is a 5-time award-winning artist who was nominated for an Emmy (2014) by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for a documentary about his art making. Altman’s use of multiple layers and his distinctive style result in a monumental flow of intimately muted colors and 3-dimensional textures on canvas. According to Yvonne Mikulencak, MFA, and retired art history professor, artistically, “Altman’s images are transformed into [the] patterns High Analytical Cubism of Picasso and George Braque…. It is a calm world transformed by metaphysical beauty and created by poets such as John Donne and George Herbert. Altman’s aesthetics have joined this group of visual and literary artists… [and is] your visual guide of human emotions, dancing to the universal rhythms of nature on another dimension.”


Marcy Deutsch (center image) was born in 1983 in Hillsboro, OR. She was diagnosed with autism at the age of 5. Back when she was diagnosed, she hardly had any language, just approximately a dozen words. It was because of her fixation on the movie Lady and the Tramp that things started to change. One day in a pet store, she saw a black and brown mutt who she insisted was Lady, even though the puppy looked nothing like the dog in the movie. The next day after getting Lady, she said her first sentence. Because of Lady, Marcy became extremely verbal, and she now speaks at autism conferences about what it was like growing up with autism, especially at a time when nobody heard of autism. It wasn't until she was 12 that the world learned that Marcy was an incredible artist. Marcy is in several art books and has thank-you letters from the Queen of England and President Obama. Marcy prefers using colored pencils although she has created some incredible images using other media. Marcy has learned to connect more to the world around her because of her art.


Lars Eikens’ interest in sculpture grew out of a vocational class at the Davia Technical Center as a teenager. Lars continued to hone his skills at College of DuPage, becoming proficient and creative working with metals. Lars has featured his works at shows in Chicago, Lombard, Glen Ellyn, and Oak Brook, IL.


Nicholas Gammicchia (bottom image) is the president and CEO of Nick's Art Project. He is an award-winning, accomplished artist and self-advocate. He has presented nationally on leading a self-determined life as a young man with autism with regard to medical choice and educational options. He is currently pursuing his BA in fine arts and presents often alongside his parents to provide a personal perspective on autism and safety.