Beyond Influence features 11 artists, who over the past 20 years, have been creating work at the Little City Center for the Arts (Little City) in Palatine, Illinois. Included are pieces from artists who have exhibited both nationally and internationally, including Harold Jeffries, Tarik Echols, and Wayne Mazurek. The broad scope of work being created by these artists ranges from paintings to multimedia collages.
For more than 20 years, Little City has operated under the belief that people with developmental disabilities can have full opportunities in the arts. The artists working there comprise a diverse group in gender, age, and race. Each brings a unique perspective and breadth of talents to the studio. Little City is a place where there are no constraints in ideas, mediums or possibilities. Each artists is encouraged to push the artistic envelope and strive for innovation. The eleven artists featured in this exhibition display that they are in fact “beyond influence” – that of the mainstream art world, other’s expectations, and their own limitations.