Arts Exposition

Second Annual Brilliance of Autism Exhibit

May 21-25, 2014 


We are applauding 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.

ART IN THE SQUARE children's art studio will be holding an art workshop at the AutismOne 2014 Conference on Friday, May 23!  Wonderful art from an ART IN THE SQUARE student, Noah Wieder, will also be displayed in the Brilliance of Autism art exhibit in the InterContinental lobby gallery.  Thank you to ART IN THE SQUARE

The Autism One 2014 conference will be held at the beautiful InterContinental Hotel, Chicago O’Hare, with eight oversized lobby gallery panels to professionally show the artists’ work. This will be an exceptional show! Artist’s sculptures will be on display in designated areas throughout the hotel. 

On Wednesday, May 21, beginning at 6:30 pm, there will be a complimentary wine and cheese reception in the lobby gallery, hosted by AutismOne Art Curator Dr. Jackie Marquette. You can email Dr. Marquette at 

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.


Nicholas Gammicchia -- Gorilla

Candy Waters -- Radiance

Noah Wieder -- Polar Bears

Natalie Totire -- Peacock

Trent Altman -- Octa-Fish

Lars Eikens sculpture

A Sampling of Artists’ Bios 

Trent Altman is four time award winning international artist. His paints patterns of high analytical cubism using brilliant acrylic color, texture, and original mixed media on canvas. Trent was awarded the United Nations Stamp 2012 for his image Abstract Garden II promoting autism awareness on a global level.

Noah Wieder is a sophomore in the severe and profound special education program at Lane Tech High School in Chicago. His artistic talent emerged within a few hours of beginning enzyme therapy at age 3. His disability limits his fine motor abilities, so he creates art by holding a paintbrush or pen in his fist.

Nicholas Gammicchia is an award winning artist who has been recognized for his works in a variety of mediums. Currently attending college to pursue his BA. He was awarded the "Ted Lindsay Courage Award"  for his character, perseverance, and courage as an adult living with autism. "Nick's Art Project" provides art and music therapy scholarships to individuals with disabilities. 

Candy Waters is 13 years old with severe autism. Candy is non-verbal and unable to communicate through words. She is able to express herself through her art and be heard around the Globe and has inspired people around the WORLD!  Candy has had numerous media stories done about her Art. 

Lars Eikens graduated from Glenbard East High School in 1980.  His 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 Illinois.

Natalie Totire creates paintings and illustrates children's books.  Natalie also enjoys making and using puppets for both church and entertainment.

We are delighted to announce that So Delicious will have art stations with beautiful letterpress printed cards bearing inspirational quotes/phrases on them plus supplies available for participants to customize and decorate their own card to give to a loved one or friend after the conference.

Please visit the So Delicious Dairy Free booth in the Artist's Wing with your children and friends for this fun activity and So Delicious yummy, healthful treat samples!