Miami Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. November 28th 2016: The World’s foremost Artistic Prodigy, Autumn de Forest is in South Florida to exhibit at Red Dot Miami 2016, reddotmiami.com and as the youngest artist to represent the The President's Committee on The Arts and Humanities in Washington D.C, Autumn will visit Hollywood’s Bethune Elementary School of the Arts
bethuneschoolofthearts.com as she has visited so 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.
Autumn is the youngest Artist to be exhibiting at the Miami Art Fairs this year, quite the distinction for the 15 year old prodigy. Autumn will be exhibiting at Red Dot Air Fair 2016, Booth R-105. Red Dot has graciously invited a group of students from Bethune who will be attending the Art Fair on Thursday, December 1st at 10:30 am with Autumn.
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
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. EPK – Philanthropy In 2015, she was awarded the International Giuseppe Sciacca Award for Painting and Art, an acknowledgment of a select few young people chosen from around the globe, believed to be changing the world for the better. While in Rome, she was invited to the Vatican where Autumn then presented a piece of her artwork to Pope Francis.
VIDEO FROM ROME
Autumn presents Vatican Series to pope
"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."
The Many Faces of an Autumn de Forest Workshop In-Classroom w/Turnaround Arts San Bernardino, Ca 2016
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Full View of de Forest Exhibition
The Butler Institute of American Art, premiered the exhibition, "Autumn de Forest: The Tradition Continues" which ran through October 17th, 2016. By all accounts, at age 15, she is the youngest artist to ever have her work featured in a solo exhibition in a major US museum.
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." says the museum's director Dr. Lou Zona about Autumn's exhibition. "(She) has inspired us with her creativity, her knowledge of the field and her outstanding accomplishment.".
Founded in 1919, the Butler Institute is the first museum of American art. The most celebrated works in the Butler's permanent collection include masterpieces by Winslow Homer, Norman Rockwell, Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell and Andy Warhol. Autumn’s works are currently exhibited among these Masters.
Amid heightened security concerns due to the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris occurring only hours earlier, American artist Autumn de Forest was extended a brief yet powerful audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on a Wednesday in November.
Pope Francis and Artist Autumn de Forest, November 2015
As reported by the New York Times, direct threats from ISIS against the Vatican and Pope Francis himself, had generated a flurry of heightened security procedures in the tiny, Papal state. The Italian National Army, several inter-governmental police forces and the official Vatican security forces were on their highest alert. Yet, the powerful force of creativity prevailed over those of destruction on Wednesday, November 11TH, when 14-year-old American painting prodigy, Autumn de Forest, met with the Pontiff.
This meeting, on the steps of Saint Peter’s Basilica, is a powerful reminder to the world; a global reminder that the force of humanity, creativity and accomplishment shall continue, and the recognition of talent, vision and artistry that have defined our world history will never be subordinated to violence and extremism.
The young Ms. de Forest presented the Pope with a grand and intricate artwork transported thousands of miles from her painting studio in Las Vegas.
Pope Francis Receiving de Forest’s “Resurrection”, November 2015
Pope Francis & Ms. De Forest : Eye to Eye, November 2015
Autumn, born in 2001, has painted since the age of 5, and was dubbed a child prodigy and an artistic genius in a special program produced by the Discovery Channel. She has a long lineage of artistic talent in her family. Her ancestors include American painters Roy de Forest (1930-2007), Lockwood de Forest (1850-1932) and George de Forest Brush (1855-1941). She is the daughter of a film and television actress and a musician composer, and a descendant of Robert de Forest, the former director of New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
"Autumn de Forest is one of the most important artists of her generation" The Walt Disney Company
Autumn is an extraordinary young woman....a role model for her generation, and committed to the world’s betterment…putting her artistry and talent to their highest and best use. Autumn was an "Epic Kid" in Aeropostale’s 2013 national fashion campaign, and had the honor of being included in the 2015 GAP x ED project with Ellen DeGeneres, a project about great clothes and girl empowerment.
"Autumn de Forest is a creative genius" Discovery Channel