VIDEO: Autumn de Forest receives art award from the Vatican

Autumn de Forest, the youngest artist with Park West Gallery, has accomplished what she calls a “life-changing honor” that has affirmed her path as an artist and humanitarian.

On Nov. 7, the 14-year-old artist had the distinct honor of receiving the International Giuseppe Sciacca Award for Painting and Art, an award given by the Vatican. She received the award during a ceremony in Rome.

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.

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Autumn de Forest receiving her award from the Vatican for painting and art (Photo by Doug de Forest)

The award is given to individuals under 35 years old who show talent in the fields of knowledge and art, are also role models to their community, and are a moral and educational example in society’s development.

“The Giuseppe Sciacca Award is a life-changing honor for me. I have always felt it is important to help others, but I never imagined I would be noticed for that – I thought it was the right thing to do,” Autumn says.

Autumn has contributed to charitable causes, such as Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, This Bar Saves Lives, the Diller Blind Home for Children, and encouraging art education as a participating artist in Turnaround Arts, a signature program for the Presidents’ Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

“If my artwork can help those who have been in a tragedy, 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 says.

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Autumn de Forest with one of the paintings she created in honor of receiving an art award from the Vatican (Photo by Doug de Forest)

As a sign of respect and gratitude, Autumn practiced what she wished to say to the Giuseppe Sciacca Foundation, but did so in Italian. She thanked them for giving her the opportunity to inspire others, and that she will treasure the award for the rest of her life.

“I have always wanted to change the world for the better with my art, 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,” she says.

She also created artwork with religious iconography that she presented during the ceremony. The artwork was displayed at the Gallery Coronari in Rome.

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Autumn de Forest gives a kiss to the award given to her for her artistic and humanitarian efforts (Photo by Doug de Forest)

Although she has accomplished so much in such a short time, Autumn looks forward to writing new chapters in her life as she continues to be a force of good and inspiration.

“This award helps me be more than just a ‘girl who paints,’” she says. “I am so humbled, and for it to be my first visit to Europe is just incredible.”

 

20 Responses to VIDEO: Autumn de Forest receives art award from the Vatican

  1. earl&sharon tatum says:

    park west the best for art

  2. Donna Ferrante says:

    What a lovely young lady she is! Makes me proud to own a series of her earlier works.

  3. P.J and Virginia Noon says:

    We knew she would be among the top rated young artists when we saw her work created at age 10.

  4. Nina says:

    What an inspiration to other youth!!

  5. Nancy Sustersic says:

    What a blessing to our WORLD and the Art World Ms de Forest is. I’ve never purchased art on a cruise before but always had fun attending the exhibits and being part of the excitement. In August 2015 my husband Joe was not in the room when Park West showed a little video of Autumn at the age of 8 and I was so blown away by the beauty and her gentleness and innocence of what she was giving to the world that I told Joe I HAD to have the Dripping Heart picture in the auction (no matter what!!) We bid, we won, and it just arrived. I’m forever grateful to Autumn’s parents for nurturing her in her passion to make a difference in the children and the art world. Congratulations Autumn on the beautiful love shown to you at the Vatican and the award now and the years to come. With love, Nancy & Joe Sustersic-Naples FL

  6. David and Sheree says:

    We met her before she left for Rome. She is a very mature and beautiful young woman. We are pleased to have one of her pieces. She is very fortunate to have parents who guide her through life. Her parents will make sure she is grounded.

  7. Rob & Amy Vetter says:

    Beautiful video – thank you so much for sharing this experience – Congratulations Autumn !

  8. Vicki & Jeanie says:

    We are collectors of Autumn’s work. We were so impressed when we met her on her 13th birthday in October that we had to have her picture “Autumn” painted by Autumn purchased in the autumn, complete with her handprint. We have continued to buy her art and are proud to support such an outstanding young woman. Congratulations, Autumn!

  9. Meigs Alden says:

    My grandson Brady & I met Autumn last March in Boston. We were totally captivated by her art and her. We now proudly have 2 original pieces in our home. Thank you Park West and thank you Autumn. We shall continue to follow her career

  10. David Saxby & Julie Suyama says:

    It is fitting that Autumn be recognized for not only her contributions to the world of art but the humanitarian efforts, and her awareness of, to several causes around the world. We, like others, were struck by her talent, maturity and awareness of the world around her – despite recognition and talent she remains humble.
    We own three of her original works – one in recognition of those impacted by the recent Japanese earthquake followed by the tsunami and nuclear disaster – and are proud to have these displayed prominently in our home. We look forward to watching her growth as an artist and humanitarian.

  11. Ashley Williams says:

    Autumn de Forest is a uplifter of people through her art!

  12. Ken & Gillian Alessio says:

    We had the pleasure of meeting Autumn on a Park West VIP cruise. A very impresdive young lady – talented, intelligent, caring but still manages to retain a sweet teen girl disposition. We acquired 2 works by Autumn on that cruise and enjoy them every day.

  13. Patricia Kelly-Banks BMsc says:

    Autumn is fortunate for inheriting DNA from her
    Artistic Descendants as
    their biology truly did produce positive results

  14. Barbara Scharlau says:

    Autumn, I am so very proud of you and your superior art talent. Thanks for sharing your art with the world. Our Pope Francis had to be so proud of your response to the art award that you spoke in Italian.
    I have been blessed since I bought one of your painting in July on the NCL Getway cruise with Park West. Every morning I come out to my living room and see your beautiful painting of a young girl, like yourself. You make my day. I have shared this with our Visionary School of the Arts in Stuart, Florida to our young artists. They are amazed at your works and I have shared your story. February 13,2016 , I am chairing ‘ not for profit organization’ GFWC Woman’s Club of Stuart is having an Art Tour of Homes to share their art with our community. My house will be on the tour and many who have not met you will see your art work. We are raising money for young girls middle to high school that show talent and need for scholarships for the performing & visual arts. As Peter Max said, ” The earth is not made up of atoms but memories which art through visual & performing art teaches us. Thanks you so very much for sharing your talent with the world.
    I have been to the Vatican Museum around 20 times since I used to take high school students to Europe in the summers. My students learned that first we are a citizen of the world, 2nd our country and 3rd our region we live. Thanks you so very much for sharing your talent.
    Barbara Scharlau
    Palm City, Fl. 34990

  15. KEN & MARILYN MICA says:

    WE WERE VERY FORTUNATE TO MEET AUTUMN AND HER FATHER ON HER FIRST PARK WEST APPEARANCE. WE WERE LUCKY TO PURCHASE ONE OF HER FIRST WORKS “THE THREE DANCERS” HER PAINTING IS NOW THE MAIN ATTRACTION WHEN PEOPLE COME TO OUR HOME (SORRY PETER MAX). PEOPLE ARE AUTOMATICALLY DRAWN TO THE WORK .WE HAVE SINCE MET AUTUMN AND HER PARENTS AGAIN A FEW YEARS AGO AT A PARK WEST EVENT IN LAS VEGAS. AN AMAZINGLY TALENTED YOUNG LADY WITH A HEART OF GOLD FOR HER HUMANITARIAN WORK. IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE HER WORKS 10 YEARS FROM NOW. KEN & MARILYN MICA AQUEBOGUE, NY

  16. Nancy Kelly says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting this beautiful, talented young lady in August and was amazed at her maturity and poise. I collected one of her gorgeous butterflies. I’m sure I’ll be looking for another of her masterpieces soon. Congratulations on your award!

  17. Michael Robinson says:

    Autumns painting of Christ for the Vatican is breathtaking it shows suffering that he went through and yet it is beautiful that he gave u his life

  18. Carroll Campbell says:

    My wife & I have bought 5 of her painting on 2 VIP cruises and were fortunate to meet her & her Father this past March. I gave my Daughter one of her paintings, “hi tops”, and she loves it!

  19. Tom Diskin says:

    What a special wonderful award for Autumn! I am the proud owner of one of her paintings and I am so pleased that she has received this honor. She is a very talented young lady and I am happy to support her in her art career, as well as display one of her beautiful paintings in my home.

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