Art and autism intersect on Monday, Feb. 28

February 25, 2011 by JoLynne Lyon

Madeline Gauthier's portrait is one of many photos that will be in the exhibit.

An exhibition of photographic art will feature families of Cache Valley children with autism spectrum disorder.  It is one of the faculty projects featured in the Utah State University Department of Art Faculty Exhibition beginning  Monday, February 28.

The collection of photos is entitled 1 in 110. It takes its name from the statistical probability that a child will be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, according to a 2009 report from the Centers for Disease Control.

Most researchers agree that the causes of ASD must include an environmental component.  The effects of toxicity in the environment on human health have long interested Christopher Gauthier, an assistant professor of art and the photographer who created 1 in 110. In an invitation letter, Jacqueline and Christopher urged Utahns to support intervention programs provided by the CPD’s Up to 3 program. Their daughter, Madeline, is featured in the exhibit.

Also featured is the CPD’s Janel Preston, lead teacher in the ABC classroom. The ABC class is for families who have a child with an ASD diagnosis or are in the process of getting one.

The photos will be on display in the Fine Arts Visual Gallery 102 on the Utah State University campus from the evening of February 28 through March 25, as part of the Current Works of USU and CEU Art Faculty exhibit. The event begins with a reception from 5 to 7 pm on February 28, and it  is open to the public.  To find the gallery, go through the north entrance of the Fine Arts visual wing. Gallery 102 is the first door on the left.

Dax Drysdale also appears in 1 in 110.

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Brain Injury Association of Utah Events

February 18, 2011 by cpehrson

Brain Injury Association-1st Annual Art Show

March is brain injury awareness month!  If you have suffered a serious brain injury, or know someone who has, you are not alone. It is estimated that about 1.4 million people experience a brain injury every year in the U.S., and this is a conservative number, as not all victims are aware of their injuries.

To raise the awareness of the impact that a traumatic brain injury can have on an individual and family members, the Brain Injury Association of Utah (BIAU) is sponsoring two events in the month of March.

First, the BIAU is hosting its first Annual neuroEXPRESSIONS Art Gala event on March 3, 2011 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel, Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. This art gallery will showcase the artwork of people touched by brain injury.

If you would like to submit an entry, the BIAU is currently accepting art submissions to be donated and auctioned off at the gala. The proceeds will benefit brain injury advocacy and prevention. Contact Ginger Payant for more information.

In conjunction with the Art Gala, the BIAU and the Utah Association for Justice is hosting a Brain Injury Conference March 3-4,  at the Radisson Hotel on Brain Injury Breakthroughs:  Understanding & Effectively Presenting Your Case in the New Decade.

This conference will discuss medical and legal issues and give a clear presentation of new and vital information for attorneys.  Plaintiff & Defense Attorneys and other legal professionals are invited to attend.  Pre-registration is available online.

More information about brain injury, its prevention and impact, will be upcoming on this blog site during the month of March.

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