Our downstairs exhibition space hosts a variety of events from art openings and shows, to fundraisers and concerts.
The Gallery's Founding
Jonathan Small was born in Chicago in 1992. He grew up struggling to communicate-- speech did not come easily to him, and social cues were difficult to read-- so he expressed himself through art. A prolific painter and sculpture, he continues to make work to this day. In 2014, his mother, Deborah Loeser, decided to create a gallery space in Kankakee to showcase his talent, and the talent of people like him. She renovated the old Telephone Building on Merchant St., turning it into the beautiful gallery and studio space that it is today. In 2015, under the leadership of now-director Janice Miller, the gallery was incorporated as a non-profit with a Board of Directors. The gallery is one of only three in the country solely dedicated to the art of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Our artists work with a variety of mediums: paint, wood, wire, video, glass, clay, charcoal, plastic, and the list goes on. Most of our artists live in Kankakee or hail from Illinois-- but we accept individual art submissions from artists living anywhere in the country.
Gift shop and online store
Our artists’ work is available for purchase. Visit our Gift Shop located at the front of the Gallery or view current items for sale in our Online Store. Your purchase is tax deductible.