published Thursday, April 4th, 2013

'Greek Masks of the Golen Ratio Project'

Works by autistic children on view at Athens Arts Center

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    “Zeus” is among the works created by children with autism for a VSA Tennessee exhibition, “Greek Masks of the Golden Ratio Project,” opening at The Arts Center in Athens, Tenn.
    Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

“Greek Masks of the Golden Ration Project,” an exhibition of works created by children with autism, will go on display today, April 4, at The Arts Center in Athens, Tenn.

According to the Athens Area Council for the Arts, the works were created in a VSA TN workshop held at the Marcella Center for the Arts & Education in Sweetwater. VSA Tennessee is an affiliate of the Washington, D.C.-based VSA International, which is meant to foster art opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

During the Sweetwater workshop, young people with autism learned about Greek mythology, the mathematics of the Golden Ratio and painting with encaustic, a form of wax art. Their works are constructed of plaster cloth and paper clay and are adorned with shells, twine and found objects.

The masks are part of an international art and information exchange project with VSA Hellas in Athens, Greece. They have been displayed at Tennessee Performing Arts Center and the Parthenon in Nashville and the Princeton Arts Center in Johnson City, Tenn.

The exhibition will remain on display through May 31. The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free.

For more information, call 423-745-8781 or visit

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