Featuring Alireza Asbahi (CC), Mohammad Banissi, Caroline Demangel, Mahmood Khan, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Sylvain and Ghyslaine Staëlens, Anna Zemánková
The Center for Creative Works is a unique art studio focusing on developing creative workplace potential and cultural identity for people with intellectual disabilities. With locations on the Main Line and Kensington, we work with artists in the Philadelphia area and beyond.
Brandon Spicer-Crawley (b. 1980)
An versatile, improvisational artist, Brandon Spicer-Crawley works with a wide range of material, including wood collage, ceramic, calligraphy ink, paper sculpture, and acrylic paint pen. Recurring motifs of letters, police officers, and squiggly shapes create dynamic compositions of abstract and figurative forms.
In 2019, Spicer-Crawley had his first solo exhibition at Little Berlin Gallery in Philadelphia. He was selected as one of ten artists in the international Sprocket Mural Works competition to design and paint a mural in Harrisburg, PA. Installed in August of that year, the 15 x 30 foot mural was such a success that Sprocket invited Spicer-Crawley back to complete the entire length of the historic building. The third and final installment is scheduled for Summer 2024.
Spicer-Crawley has worked in the studio at CCW since its start in 2011. He lives with his family in West Norriton, PA.
Allen Yu (b. 1998)
Allen Yu makes drawings that are vibrant and technically precise. Some favorite subjects include fruits, gnomes, buses, animals, the Philly Phanatic, and candy. In his spare time, Yu collects brochures and schedules, enjoys reading, drawing, and traveling on SEPTA (South Eastern Pennsylvania Transit authority). Yu is a self-described autistic artist who “loves to laugh at everything, including the negative.” His favorite food is chicken and he lives with his family in Bucks County, PA.
Yu has exhibited at Galerie Bonheur (Saint Louis, MO), Summertime Gallery (NYC), and NADA NYC. His drawings of SEPTA buses are currently featured at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Design Store. His work has been mentioned in the New York Times.
Clyde Henry (b. 1986)
Clyde Henry is a multidisciplinary artist from Yeadon, PA. Henry works with paper, ceramic, wood, music, and textile. With a distinctive process, Henry skillfully translates his aesthetic to any material he works with, resulting in vibrant representational compositions filled with energetic, gestural line.
Henry’s work has been exhibited at the Woodmere Museum (Philadelphia), the Outsider Art Fair (NYC), ArtYard (Frenchtown, NJ), Pressure Club (Philadelphia) and the Pingle Building (St. Louis, MO) among many other venues. Henry had his first solo exhibition at Tiger Strikes Asteroid Philadelphia in 2022, and is part of the collection at YOWIE Boutique Hotel in South Philadelphia
Su Won Cho (b. 2000)
Su Won Cho has a distinctive graphic style that is immediately recognizable. In his work on paper, his subject matter ranges from animals to police officers, with the figures positioned dynamically in the space of the page. Most images are paired with titles written out in Korean and drawn using acrylic paint sticks. Cho also maintains a private sketchbook of drawings inspired by stories from the Bible. Cho’s work has been exhibited at the Outsider Art Fair (NYC), the Woodmere Art Museum (Philadelphia), and other local venues around the Philadelphia area. Cho was born in South Korea and currently lives in Wanye, PA with his family.