Pope Francis Receiving de Forest’s “Resurrection” November 2015

Art Prodigy, Philanthropist, Model: Autumn de Forest

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In 2015, Autumn was invited to the Vatican, where she received the prestigious International Giuseppe Sciacca Award for Arts and Culture, presented to a select few young people chosen from around the globe, believed to be changing the world for the better. While there, Autumn was granted a private audience with Pope Francis, where she presented him with her artwork, which now presides in The Vatican Collection.

VIDEO FROM ROME: https://youtu.be/KtlvXt5RW6U
THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW http://autumndeforest.com/epk/epk-press-clips/

“I have always wanted to change the world for the better with my art, explains Autumn, “and if my paintings can help other young people express themselves, by providing money for musical instruments, arts education, or to help supply arts materials, that is just incredible. That is just an incredible honor…”

 
 
 
 
 
 

Autumn de Forest:

The Youngest Face of Turnaround Arts

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Washington DC, July 2016: Prodigy Artist Autumn de Forest has been named the newest and youngest Turnaround Artist ever. At the invitation of The President’s Committee on The Arts and Humanities in Washington D.C, Autumn has visited many of their pilot schools across the nation; among them San Bernardino’s Barton Elementary, the Savoy School in Washington DC and Ida Posner Elementary in Brooklyn. Throughout the rest of the year, Autumn will travel to several Turnaround Arts programs in which she works with the students, inspiring them to develop their artistic self-expression, and fostering appreciation and recognition of these creative minds of our future.
http://turnaroundarts.pcah.gov/

Autumn at Brooklyn’s PS165 http://www.fox5ny.com/news/75201762-story
Autumn began painting at the age of 5. Since then, she has created representational and abstract art, continuing to experiment with different techniques and mediums. Her art pays tribute to noted artists such as Andy Warhol, Grant Wood and Georgia O’Keeffe. She is quite successful, and has used that success for numerous philanthropic endeavors.
Financial Times: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/1598a426-3880-11e6-9a05-82a9b15a8ee7.html

Autumn donating artwork to Kristen Bell & Dax Sheppard’s Charity “This Bar Saves Lives”
 

The Faces Of Turnaround Arts
 

Autumn in her studio age 5

Autumn has been featured in numerous TV appearances, has sold several million dollars in artwork and contributes to numerous and varied charitable causes. http://autumndeforest.com/epk/epk-philanthropy/
This summer, the Butler Institute of American Art opened the exhibition, “Autumn de Forest: The Tradition Continues”. By all accounts, at age 14, she is the youngest artist to ever have her work featured in a solo exhibition in a major US museum.

Full View of de Forest Exhibition

It is with this sort of nod to the past, and respect for art history which makes de Forest such a welcome addition to today’s art and museum world. “This wonderful exhibition of paintings by such a young artist gives us hope about the future of American art.”
Dr. Lou Zona, Director, Butler Institute Of American Art

Autumn de Forest Butler Museum of American Art

Autumn impersonates herself at the opening of her exhibition “The Tradition Continues” at the Butler Institute of American Art

“I have always wanted to change the world for the better with my art, explains Autumn, “and if my paintings can help other young people express themselves, by providing money for musical instruments, arts education, or to help supply arts materials, that is just incredible. That is just an incredible honor…” “And if my artwork can help those who have been in a tragedy,” she continues, “or a natural disaster, by helping young people to express their hope, or even their fears with creativity, well, that is just an incredible feeling”

“She is nothing short of extraordinary.” – Matt Lauer – Today Show

“Autumn de Forest is one of the most important artists of her generation.” – The Walt Disney Company

“Autumn de Forest is a creative genius.” Discovery Channel

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A Young Women of Substance

Autumn de Forest named recipient of the respected International Vatican Award in Painting and Art
Autumn de Forest visits Turnaround Arts school in D.C.

Autumn demonstrates “pull painting” to students at Savoy Elementary School. (Photo courtesy of Doug de Forest)

On Tuesday, September 29th, The President’s Committee on The Arts and Humanities in Washington D.C invited Autumn de Forest to visit Savoy Elementary School, one of the original eight pilot schools selected to participate in Turnaround Arts, a signature program of the Presidents’ Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. http://turnaroundarts.pcah.gov/
Autumn exhibited a technique she uses in some of her works called “pull painting” and delighted both the Pre-K and Fifth Grade Art Students by having them do their own paintings right alongside her. A wonderful, enthusiastic and informative artistic morning was had by all.

A Savoy Elementary student applies what she learned from Autumn

“I was so honored to be able to visit the Savoy Elementary school in Washington DC this week. I met with a group of Pre-K kids and a group of Fifth -graders too, and we all painted together. I was really excited to show them some of my special tools and tricks, and just talk about how much fun it is to create and to be an artist.

Autumn bonds with young creatives at Savoy Elementary during her visit.

Following, Autumn addressed an all-school assembly, during which she explained her message of passion for her artistry, the ability to make a difference in the world, and to work hard and strive to be the best you can be at those things you love to do.

Autumn had a chance to address the entire school and tell them her story.

“Wow, what an incredible, vibrant bunch of young souls!” she says. “It made me smile and cry at the same time. I consider it such a privilege to speak to kids about the importance of creativity.

“Expressing myself and not being afraid to say ‘I made this’ has been such a powerful force in my life. It has been the seed that has allowed me to travel the world and meet so many incredible people. I am honored to work with the Turnaround Arts program. This program helps schools that really need the arts, music, dance and theatre. They were fantastic hosts, and I love what they do!”

About the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities
Created in 1982 under President Reagan, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) is an advisory committee to the White House on cultural issues. The PCAH works directly with the three primary cultural agencies—National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services—as well as other federal partners and the private sector, to address policy questions in the arts and humanities, to initiate and support key programs in those disciplines and to recognize excellence in the field. Its core areas of focus are education, cultural exchange, and creative economy. Under the leadership of the First Lady and Honorary Chairman, and through the efforts of its federal and private members, the President’s Committee has compiled an impressive legacy over its tenure, conducting major research and policy analysis, and catalyzing important federal cultural programs, both domestic and international. For more information, please visit http://www.pcah.gov/.

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Autumn de Forest is an extremely prolific and well known painter who, at the remarkable age of 5, began building what would eventually become an incredible oeuvre of works. Her exhibitions have defined her as one of the most accomplished and recognized artistic prodigies of our time. Her original masterpieces have sold for tens of thousands of dollars, and have been acquired by several major art collectors. Autumn is also the youngest Artist ever to have their artwork housed in Park West Gallery’s carefully curated Collections.
www.parkwestgallery.com/Autumn-de-Forest

Autumn is the recipient of the respected International Vatican Award in Painting and Art, and will be attending the ceremony on November 7th, 2015 in Vatican, Rome. The award and its nominations are granted to those outstanding young individuals under 35 who have shown extraordinary talent in the fields of knowledge and art, and who have shown themselves to be exemplary role models to their community and ‘a genuine moral and educational example in society’s development. Autumn will travel to Vatican City in November to receive this honor.

The award was founded in 2001 by the International Association of Culture and Voluntary Work ‘Uomo e Società’ [‘Man and Society’] and named after Giuseppe Sciacca, a young architecture student noted during his short life for his sporting activities and social concern. He died prematurely aged 26, following an accident when his parachute failed to open during celebrations in honor of the Blessed Virgin of Divine Love in Rome’ (European Parliament 2011).

Autumn’s nomination for this award was predicated on her genuine artistic aptitude and sincere desire to merge those creative talents with a profound sense of duty to the global community. She was the chosen recipient of the Award, because clearly her humanitarian and charitable efforts have been significant, comprise a large portion of her artistic activities, thus earning her this extraordinary worldwide recognition.

philanthropy

As an artist, speaker and philanthropist, Autumn has always insisted upon supporting charitable and humanitarian efforts. These concerns seem to be the very core of Autumn’s mission. Long before Autumn ever sold a painting in excess of $1,000 she was contributing thousands of dollars to charities in her area that were assisting under- served communities and intellectually challenged children. Dr. Joanne Ruthsatz of The Ohio State University, the county’s leading researcher on child prodigies says, “Autumn is an advanced artistic prodigy, and as Autumn clearly displays, one sure indicator of a prodigy is when an exceptional talent is coupled with an intense concern for helping others, often times combining their abilities with their sense of charity.” In the past few years she has focused on Autumn, in part because of Autumn’s passionate commitment to giving.

These commitments have included silent charity auctions, The Red Cross, sandyrelief.org, Habitat for Humanity, The Diller Blind Home for Children, and This Bar Saves Lives, an organization that distributes miracle food “PlumpyNut” to starving children worldwide. In addition, Autumn has created public art installations celebrating the re-building efforts of the New Jersey Shore. Autumn’s passion for learning through the arts led to an invitation to speak at many schools and events on the importance of keeping arts in schools. Autumn had the honor of having been the youngest artist ever featured at the National Art Education Association’s annual convention, where she appeared alongside art legends such as Peter Max and Chuck Close.

The Vatican’s International Giuseppe Sciacca Award is not only a feather in Autumn’s cap, but a step on the path that Autumn has chosen to take on her mission to combine true pursuit of visual and aesthetic beauty and the desire and willingness to contribute to the global community.

The bestowing of this award is a truly prestigious moment for Autumn, but more importantly showcases that at the root of her artistic prowess is the heart of a humanitarian.

Autumn also is one of the young celebs in the 2015 Spring Gap campaign with Ellen DeGeneres…

“Autumn de Forest is quite simply, the foremost child prodigy painter in the world…”
“Autumn de Forest is a creative genius.” Discovery Channel
“Autumn de Forest is one of the most important artists of her generation”. The Walt Disney Company
With over 100 television appearances, from Discovery Channel, CNN to the Today Show and PBS, Autumn has been inspiring people of all ages, beginning at the tender age of five. With over $5,000,000 in sales of her artwork at the age of 13, Autumn de Forest is a force – but most importantly, she is a force for good.
Her humanitarian and charitable efforts have generated hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Red Cross, Sandy Relief Fund, Habitat for Humanity, and many other important organizations.
In fact, her efforts to change the world for the better have attracted the attention of one of the world’s greatest institutions: The Vatican.

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