Work of Creative Growth Artists Selected for Venice Biennale

The work of Judith Scott and Dan Miller will be shown at the Venice Biennale this summer. Both artists did this work at Oakland’s Creative Growth Art Center, which provides studio, gallery and management for artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities.

Scott, a fiber artist who died in 2005, had developmental disabilities and was institutionalized for 35 years before being released and starting a career that brought her worldwide acclaim. Miller’s work is in the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian. The curator who selected the two for the Venice show is Christine Macel of the Pompidou museum in Paris.

Their work is featured, too, in “Vive L’Art,” an exhibition that celebrates their inclusion in the Biennale. It opens March 2 at the 836M Gallery in San Francisco. You can watch the artists work in videos of Scott ( and Miller (


By Leah Garchik

February 22, 2017