A gift of a single piece of artwork from a friend in Brazil inspired the late Harvey A. Stevens to establish an international collection of art by people with developmental disabilities at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976. Forty years later, the collection, named in Steven’s honor, spans more than 150 pieces representing artists from 27 different countries.
To encourage individuals with disabilities to express themselves and share their unique perspectives through art, the Stevens collection showcases artwork created by people from diverse backgrounds and with a broad range of artistic talents. Viewed by thousands of people from throughout the United States, art from the collection is displayed throughout the Waisman Center, including clinical and research spaces.
In celebration of its 40th anniversary, we are putting out a Call for Art to expand this unique collection. Please share this information with artists in your community.
To learn more about the collection: