The Annual Art Show: A Barber National Institute Tradition

The annual Art Show has been a Barber National Institute tradition since 2006. Initially, we wanted to have an event that would celebrate “April is Autism month”. As we discussed ideas, felt that it was important to recognize both children and adults with autism and other disabilities as well professional and amateur artists who support people with disabilities. And so began the first Art Show.

We were supported by the Erie Art Museum who loaned us their panels for the exhibit. There was an overwhelming response the first year. People wanted to participate, and the public responded with their interest in attending the show.

The show grew over the years until 2019 when we were forced by the pandemic to move to a virtual platform.  Yet the show continued to grow as persons across the country could participate since it was virtual.

This year, we have nearly 300 paintings, photography, and scriptures from youth, adult, adult amateur and adult professional artists.

Our chair for the past several years are Doctors Jay and Mona Kang.  Why are they involved?  Their interview along with their children tells the story….

The Art Show will be held online from Monday, April 25 through Friday, May 6. The Art Show is open to the public. Find more information at

The Art Show is a great way to support the work of local artists, and it also serves to support the mission of the Barber National Institute. Purchases and donations alike help bring life-sustaining care to the populations we serve. Artists donate 20% of their proceeds to the Barber National Institute and some actually donate 100%.

Don’t delay or your favorite piece of art may be sold.

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