NeurodivergArt: Spotlighting Autistic Artists

Combine your creativity with your generosity – and use your art to support your community.

A close up photo of detailed stonework with a beautiful interplay of light and shadow
Photo by Shelia Nelson

Calling all visual artists on the autism spectrum: Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) is seeking submissions from autistic artists to feature on our website. If selected, prints of your artwork will be sold through AuSM’s Threadless Shop. AuSM will share proceeds with artists in a 50% split.

Combine your creativity with your generosity – and use your art to support your community.

AuSM’s NeurodivergArt initiative is an opportunity for autistic artists to gain exposure for their work by reaching a wider audience – all while using their time and talent to support others in the autism community. Along with showcasing their work, artists will have the option to also share thoughts on what inspires their creativity, and may also choose to share a personal bio while gaining followers via their social media accounts.

The deadline to submit visual art for consideration is March 8, 2024. AuSM will coordinate the selection process through an independent selection committee of local artists. You will be notified if your piece has been selected by April 1. Prints will be available through AuSM’s Threadless Shop through June 30. Artists will receive payment for their sales within 30 days.

Submission Guidelines

A cardboard sculpture that gives a generally oval shape. It has pink, blue, and yellow paint.
Untitled by Shelia Nelson

Please submit art in one of the following dimensions in a JPG or PDF format:

Portrait wall art: 8400 x 12000px
Landscape wall art: 12000 x 8400px
Square wall art: 10200 x 10200px

NeurodivergArt submissions must come from autistic visual adults, ages 18 and over. Artist submissions cannot contain intellectual property not owned by the artist (for example, fan art may be ineligible). Submissions from artists who are AuSM members may receive preference. Participating artists need not live in Minnesota; there are no geographic restrictions for artist residency.

AuSM assumes rights to fundraise through print sales of all artist submissions chosen by NeurodivergArt’s selection committee. If selected, AuSM also assumes the right to feature art on ausm.org and in communication with members, donors, media, and others in our community. Artists retain ownership rights to the art they submit, while consenting to AuSM’s stated fundraising intent.

Autistic artists, thanks in advance for sharing your gifts and generosity!

We look forward to showcasing the creative work of talented artists throughout our autism community.

Questions? Email info@ausm.org.

Selection Committee

NeurodivergArt’s selection and curation team is led by Shelia Nelson, AuSM’s Donation Coordinator, a lifelong artist who is autistic. The rest of NeurodivergArt’s selection committee is similarly comprised of artists throughout the community.

Shelia Nelson is an autistic visual artist  whose media are photography, painting, and collage. She was recently featured in a group show at the On2 Gallery in the California building in Northeast Minneapolis.  She has won awards from Courage Kenny in past years and was the recipient of an Emerging artist grant from VSA.  She works at AuSM part-time.

Find her on Instagram.