This video, which was shown at the AANE Annual Gala on May 3, 2014, highlights the skills and stories of members of AANE's blossoming Artist Collaborative. The Collaborative consists of adult artists with Asperger Syndrome (AS) and related profiles, whose art gives us a unique lens through which to see their world.


In November 2013, Rebbie Ratner, a filmmaker with an interest in AS, visited AANE with a full crew and a lot of curiosity. During Rebbie's filming, the Collaborative participated in Watertown Open Studios, where artists displayed their work and gave live demonstrations of their artistic processes. Rebbie and her crew captured the event and spent time with individual artists, diving deeper into each artist's unique perspective. The video conveys the meaning and role that art plays in the lives of these inspiring artists and the support that the Artist Collaborative, and the Asperger's Association of New England as a whole, has given them.

The AANE ARTIST COLLBORATIVE

In 2007, the Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) held an art show at its annual Fall conference, giving an initial glimpse at the talents of the artists with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome in its community.  Advocates for a number of these artists together with AANE staff began to develop the idea of an Artist Collaborative so the artists in its community could showcase and sell their work on a regular basis throughout the year. The Collaborative members began to meet regularly, and work began on a Gallery at the AANE Offices in Watertown, MA, which opened in 2013. Over time, the artists took on more and responsibility for the group and its activities. The Artists Collaborative is now run entirely by the artists themselves.  We have over 50 active members and many more members who live at a distance but participate when they can. We encourage all adult artists with autism to join our Collaborative, especially those in the New England area.

We meet regularly at the AANE Office in Watertown, MA (on the third Monday of each month) to manage our gallery and plan shows and other events, show new work and discuss opportunities, recount our individual adventures, perhaps discuss art techniques, and last but not least, share our experiences of being artists living with autism. We also hold regular “Art Meet Ups” where we come together to make art, talk about art and life, and just enjoy each other’s company. 

This website also introduces some of our member artists. Their individual Gallery Pages feature an artist statement or bio and a sampling of their work. You may also contact an artist regarding commissions or the purchase of artwork either through this site’s messaging page or through a link if they have provided one.

Our Bricks and Mortar Gallery

AANE Artist Collaborative artwork is on display in a permanent Gallery and gift Boutique located at 51 Water Street, Watertown, MA 02472 - the main office of AANE (Aspergers/Autism Network*). Most pieces on display, along with artwork on this site, are available to purchase.  

For more information on our artists, their artwork, or our gallery and boutique,

OR for information on how to join the Artist Collaborative -

Please contact us at: plowstars@earthlink.net

*AANE provides support and services of all kinds to individuals of all ages on the autism spectrum, their families, educations, clinicians, researchers and others