PARK CITY, Utah. – On May 12 the Kimball Art Center (KAC) debuts its newest exhibition More Than A Thousand Words. The exhibit is a partnership between the KAC and Oakland-based nonprofit Creative Growth.
“The title More Than A Thousand Words refers to the foundation of the Creative Growth studio practice is working with a neurodiverse community,” said KAC Executive Director Aldy Milliken. “We wanted to express the ‘more than.’ We believe that art is the deepest form of communication…that it is always more than just that object or just that picture. Creative Growth has found a way to really facilitate that deepest form of communication, because the people that are practicing may seem different, but they’re really like ourselves.”
Creative Growth has been an established playground and resource for artists with neurodivergence and disabilities since 1974 believing that art is central to human expression.
KAC Curator Nancy stokes said, “We’re bringing worked by 10 artists who have practiced or continue to practice at Creative Growth, which is out of Oakland, California, will have more than 50 works on view, it’s going to be a great mix of paintings and drawings, and video and sculpture.”
The video is in a way a documentary that shares the context and storytelling behind Creative Growth and the artists on display at the show. Milliken explained the exhibition is a two-parter; first the artwork on display and second the “unveiling of the artists to the community.”
More Than A Thousand Words explores art that ranges in subjects, processes, and mediums revealing artists’ experiences and reflections of the world.
The Kimball Art Center invites the community to partake in this unique and inspirational exhibit by RSVPing to the opening on May 12. The exhibition will run through August 14 and KAC always has staff members on hand to provide tours, answer questions, and assist visitors. Programs including art talks, lectures, book discussions, and more will accompany the exhibitions in the coming weeks.