WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today congratulated Henderson, N.C. resident Ned Dibner for being selected as one of fifteen artists nationwide whose work will be featured in the Smithsonian Institution’s Sustaining/Creating exhibition. The annual exhibition showcases artwork by emerging artists, ages 16-25, with physical or learning disabilities. This year’s artists were asked to address the theme by creating pieces that exemplify innovative viewpoints on sustainability and creativity.
“Mr. Dibner’s artistic abilities demonstrate the limitless talent of those who may have a learning or physical handicap,” said Congressman Butterfield. “I congratulate Ned on this significant achievement and his bright future as a talented artist.”
A graduate of Elon University, Dibner was diagnosed with dyslexia in the fifth grade. His entry piece comprises of four wood box sculptures with text inside that are multi-layered both in their construction and symbolic meaning.
The fifteen artists selected for the exhibition and will share $60,000 in cash awards: a $20,000 grand prize, a $10,000 first award, a $6,000 second award, and 12 participants will receive $2,000 each.
The exhibition will be held at the Smithsonian Institution’s S. Dillon Ripley Center in Washington, D.C., from September 2012 to January 2013. The exhibition may travel nationally to additional venues.