UPSTREAM
Photographs by Dirk Anschütz, Co-Presented with Upstream Arts, Inc.

Exhibtion Run: April 5 - April 18, 2011
Closing Night Reception: 7PM Monday, April 18, 2011

ARTIST'S STATEMENT:
Sometime late 2009 my girlfriend’s sister Julie Guidry called me up and asked me if I was interested in applying for a grant to shoot an image library for her nonprofit organization, Upstream Arts, whose mission is to “enhance the lives of adults and youth with disabilities by fostering creative communication and social independence through the power of arts education.” ...

Every good portrait is a collaboration between the photographer and the model.  It takes a bit of courage to really look hard at somebody but it takes quite a bit more courage to show yourself when somebody is staring at you through a lens. Looking now at the finished images I feel fortunate about the openness and sense of generosity with which these young people approached the shoot.
—Dirk Anschütz



ABOUT UPSTREAM ARTS
www.upstreamarts.org

Upstream Arts is a Minneapolis based organization whose mission is to “enhance the lives of adults and youth with disabilities by fostering creative communication and social independence through the power of arts education.” The classes are taught by working artists including painters, sculptors, actors and dancers, who help their young clients explore different ways of expressing themselves.