What We See

Artwork by Deion Hawkins and Rikki Moses

December 14th, 2013 - February 15, 2014

The art matters gallery at Art Works Now is hosting an opening reception of “What We See,” an exhibit of artwork by two students with autism, Deion Hawkins and Rikki Moses, both D.C. residents.

When you first meet Deion, you will probably be struck by his physical presence – at 6’3,” he is a handsome 19 year old with a charming smile and a penchant for Chicago Bulls ball caps. You quickly find out he is no less than a walking dictionary of Disney movies, able to recite entire scenes by heart and always up for a good discussion about your favorite characters. In fact it was partly his desire to draw Disney characters that brought him to Art Works.

Rikki is a petite 13 year old with gorgeous braids that are always decorated with brightly colored barrettes. Rikki gravitates toward Thomas the Train Engine and Blue’s Clues, and fills notebooks with drawings of them. Lately she has been experimenting with thick paint, and has a keen eye for color. She loves Christmas, and if you are lucky you will get to hear her sing along to some of her favorite songs while she works on her art.

Hawkins and Moses will be displaying over 20 pieces of artwork at the Art Works Now gallery art matters on Saturday, December 14th, 2013 - February 15, 2014.

Both artists have autism, which is a spectrum of developmental disorders that can cause certain behavior patterns such as an interest in repetitive activities and can impair abilities such as relationship development and communication.

"This art show is something we have been wanting to do for the past year. It gives them a chance to share their art with their friends, families and the general public” says art instructor Leslie Holt.

Hawkins and Moses have been attending weekly art classes at Art Works Now with Holt who brings over 10 years of experience working with people with a variety of disabilities. Art Works Now is committed to making accessible to all people, including those with disabilities. The goal of Art Works’ Accessible Arts program is to provide arts education to adults and youth with disabilities. In this initiative we have partnered with the Arc of Prince George’s County and provided individual lessons to students like Deion and Rikki.

Juliana Molina