Coalition Ingenu

Coalition Ingenu Self Taught Artist's Collection Dispersal Sale, Robert Bullock, DoNArTNeWs Philadelphia Art News Blog

Coalition Ingenu Self Taught Artist’s Collection Dispersal Sale.

A comprehensive collection of outsider, visionary, folk and naive art accumulated over the 18 year history of the Coalition Ingenu Self-Taught Artists’ Collective of Philadelphia.

Coalition Ingenu is a nonprofit organization promoting artwork by self-taught creative individuals with histories of homelessness,unique mental conditions, or other extraordinary circumstances precluding them from equal opportunity or ability to promote themselves.

Founded in 1995, Coalition Ingenu has presented over 100 exhibits, displayed over 6000 works of art representing well over 200 self-taught artists, and worked with more than 45 hospitals and nonprofits from West Chester, PA to Haddonfield, NJ. Many of the artists have sold artwork to private and corporate collectors, and selected work and/or articles about the collective have appeared on calendars, greeting cards, catalogs, murals, CD covers, newspapers, magazines, numerous web sites, and books.

It has long been recognized that art making is a valuable therapeutic activity, allowing the artists opportunities to heal emotional wounds through self-expression, develop social skills and self-confidence, and build positive work habits. At the very least, negative thoughts and feelings are often suspended during the creative process. But genuine self-esteem seems to involve finding places to “belong” and ways to contribute to others.

October 4th – 25th, 2013, Reception: Friday, October 4th, 5:00 – 8:00pm at Oxford Art Alliance, 38 South Third Street, Oxford, PA 19363, telephone 610-467-0301

“To anyone who doesn’t know this yet, Susan and I (and our dog) will be moving to Florida in December of 2013. Our non-profit, the Coalition Ingenu (Self-taught Artists’ Collective) will be relocating as well. Our final Philadelphia exhibit will be at Isaiah Zagar’s Magic Gardens from Oct. 4 – Nov. 17, 2013.

Over the past 18 years, Coalition Ingenu has hosted or presented over 180 exhibits of art by self-taught artists in and around the Philadelphia area — and as far away as upstate NY, Pittsburgh PA, Washington DC and Durham NC. We are deeply grateful to all of our supporters and patrons, and could not have achieved nearly as much without your generosity. It is sad to leave a City that has meant so much to us, and to say good-bye to all of those wonderful people with whom we have connected through our mission — but, as we feel the need to be closer to my parents (Joseph and Dorine Bullock) as they approach the ninth decade of their lives, we also hope that central Florida’s more rural environment will provide us many opportunities to help self-taught artists with histories of extraordinary life circumstances and limited resources with which to promote themselves.” – Robert Bullock

DoNArTNeWs Philadelphia Art News Blog Posts about Coalition Ingenu Artists from 2009 to 2013.

Living in Light, Coalition Ingenu memorialized self taught artists of Philadelphia blog post on

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