Artists' Works from Little City in Chicago Art Exhibit Your News -BYLN- Submitted by Little City

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More than 50 drawings, paintings and computer-generated images will be featured in the "Beyond Influence: The Art of Little City" exhibit at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art in Chicago.

Past and present artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities who work out of Little City's Center for the Arts will showcase work at this prestigious museum, dedicated solely to presenting self-taught and outsider art.

The exhibit runs May 10-Aug. 30. A free reception will be held opening night from 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 10.

"I'm particularly excited about this exhibition because we're presenting riveting pieces from new artists whose work has been kept a bit private up until now," said Frank Tumino, Little City Center for the Arts administrator.

"Overall, we'll have an eclectic and truly unique collection representing all of our artists' works -- something different from what is typically included in exhibitions."

Intuit will feature work from 11 artists who have exhibited both nationally and internationally. These artists include: Andy Bell, Charles Beinhoff, Peggy Brostrom, Lori Couve, Tarik Echols, Joe Flasch, Harold Jeffries, John King, Mike Lyon, Wayne Mazurek and Luke Tauber. The exhibit was co-curated by Matthew Arient and Tumino.

"The title, 'Beyond Influence,' refers to the attitude of our artists and of outsider artists in general. They create because of an inner drive to create, and their work is a more personal expression than the work of other contemporary artists," said Tumino.

"No artist is free of influence altogether and the imprint of popular culture on our artists may certainly be pointed out. However, they remain relatively free of the influence of other contemporary artists and trends, and even free of each other's influence, although they share a working space."

The exhibition will also include advanced film previews of the much anticipated documentary "Share my Kingdom," which delves into the lives of three of the exhibiting artists and premieres at the Gene Siskel Film Center Oct. …