Autumn de Forest opens Ohio museum exhibition with Park West Foundation

Autumn de Forest

“Pull Portrait (Self Portrait)” (2015), Autumn de Forest

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., April 14, 2016 – The Park West Foundation and the Butler Institute of American Art have teamed up to present the premiere museum exhibition of art prodigy Autumn de Forest.

The exhibition, “Autumn de Forest: The Tradition Continues,” features original works of art from the 14-year-old artist until June 26 in Youngstown, Ohio.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Park West Foundation, the non-profit arm of Park West Gallery. Foundation Director Diane Pandolfi said the goal of the museum exhibition is to promote art awareness around the country.

“Park West Foundation is proud to sponsor Autumn de Forest as an American artist in her first museum exhibition held at the Butler Institute,” Pandolfi said. “Word about Autumn traveled quickly, resulting in an enthusiastic crowd gathering to see Autumn and her impressive exhibition.”

Not only is this the first museum show for Autumn, but she is also the youngest artist to hold an exhibition at the museum. Butler Director Louis Zona said the quality of work created by this young artist is marvelous.

“Autumn de Forest is by any measure a child prodigy,” said Zona. “The community is in for a treat.”  

Autumn started painting when she was 5 years old. Since then, she has created representational and abstract art, all while experimenting with different techniques and mediums. Her art also pays tribute to artists such as Andy Warhol, Grant Wood and Georgia O’Keeffe.

Autumn has been featured in numerous TV appearances, has sold more than $1 million in artwork and contributes to numerous charitable causes. In 2015, the Vatican awarded her the International Giuseppe Sciacca Award for Painting and Art.

Autumn comes from a long lineage of art world figures, including painter Lockwood de Forest; Robert Weeks de Forest, former president of The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and American painters George de Forest Brush and Roy de Forest.

A full-color catalogue of the artwork accompanies the exhibition, and a national tour is being planned. The museum is open Tuesdays to Saturdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

About Park West Gallery:

Park West Gallery in Detroit connects artists to fine art collectors via land and sea art auctions by creating an entertaining, educational and welcoming environment that ignites a passion for the arts and offers an incomparable collecting experience.

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