For Immediate Release

March 30, 2011

Minneapolis, Minnesota – Upstream Arts is proud to present Dirk Anschütz’s Upstream, a photography exhibit at Intermedia Arts. This collection of portraits features 17 young adults with a range of abilities who participate in Upstream Arts programming. The exhibition is on display April 5-18, with a closing night reception that is part of a benefit event for Upstream Arts.

When beginning this project, Anschütz was thinking about how people with cognitive and developmental disabilities are portrayed. “Most of the images I found out there were of sporty triumphs or happy-happy family moments,” the artist explains, “but almost nothing showed the complex human beings behind the disability. There was a need for straight-on portraiture.” Upstream does just that, offering a direct look at the complexity of 17 young adults: Caleb, Maria, Gus, Mike, Michael, Drew, Ben, Andrew, Maddie, Emily, Brandon, Matt, Jake, Nolan, Scott, Victor and Rosie.

Dirk Anschütz is a German born, New York based photographer whose work has appeared in magazines and ads throughout the world. His clients include BMW, Adidas, Merck, Time, Stern and Fortune amongst others. He has won numerous awards and recently had his first solo show in New York City.

Upstream Arts was founded in 2006 to enhance the lives of adults and youth with disabilities by fostering creative communication and social independence through the power of arts education.

Dirk Anschütz’s Upstream
A photography exhibition.

Exhibition Dates: April 5-18, 2011
Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturdays 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Closing Reception & Upstream Arts benefit: April 18, 2011 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

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