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The artwork of Las Vegas-based Autumn de Forest, world-renowned Artist Prodigy, is currently on exhibition and available for acquisition at our Gallery. Stay tuned for announcements of in-gallery events with Autumn throughout the month of February. The young Artist will be traveling to Washington DC next week with the other celebrities of Turnaround Arts for a celebration of the arts.

The Arts In A New Administration: The Kennedy Center Las Vegas based Prodigy Autumn de Forest Yo-Yo-Ma

For your editorial consideration: Interviews Available Prior to Autumn’s Appearances in DC

Autumn de Forest, along with Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor at Large and Turnaround Artist Yo-Yo Ma, will mark an exciting moment at the Kennedy Center with a Turnaround Arts Celebration on February 7, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the Center’s Terrace Gallery. The reception will culminate a day of Turnaround Artists visiting local Washington, D.C. schools and feature a special student performance.

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities


The Celebrities of Turnaround Artist

On December 1, 2016, Turnaround Arts officially became a program of the Kennedy Center, and we now have the privilege of counting Turnaround Arts—along with its students, teachers, staff, community partners, and artist-mentors—as part of the Kennedy Center family. For 45 years, the Center has been committed to providing arts education programs for students across the country, with the goal that all children have access to high-quality arts experiences. We look forward to utilizing this expertise to strengthen Turnaround Arts’ operations, amplify the program’s impact, and realize synergies within the Center’s existing education activities.

As the youngest member of the Presidents’ Committee on the Arts & Humanities, de Forest travels the country painting with and inspiring students at under-privileged and under-resourced schools.

Autumn de Forest is truly an extraordinary young woman…Some Highlights: Autumn premiered a piece titled “ALEPPO” at Miami Art Fair’s Red Dot….to great acclaim and significant recognition..…and her gallery presentations throughout the globe continue to put her at the forefront of philanthropy and global interest and advocacy…her Foundation will serve to both educate and advocate for the Arts....and through her work in behalf of Turnaround Arts and the President’s Council for the Arts & Humanities…she will do her best to continue this work for the new Administration in DC.

As the youngest artist ever appointed to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities and the Turnaround Arts program, it is a very exciting time for Autumn, as this Obama White House initiative is shifting to its new home at the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts.

Autumn was personally invited to join the program by First Lady Michelle Obama, not only because of her accomplishments at such a young age in the fine art world, but her commitment to Arts education and charitable efforts as well. In fact, the only other painter that Autumn shares the prestigious honor with is the great American painter Chuck Close.




Autumn at Brooklyn’s PS165

“I have always wanted to change the world for the better with my art, explains Autumn, “and if my paintings can help other young people express themselves, by providing money for musical instruments, arts education, or to help supply arts materials, that is just incredible. That is just an incredible honor…” “And if my artwork can help those who have been in a tragedy,” she continues, “or a natural disaster, by helping young people to express their hope, or even their fears with creativity, well, that is just an incredible feeling.

The Many Faces of an Autumn de Forest Workshop 
In-Classroom w/Turnaround Arts San Bernardino, Ca 2016


Autumn de Forest - The Vatican

Amid heightened security concerns due to the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris occurring only hours earlier, American artist Autumn de Forest was extended a brief yet powerful audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on a Wednesday in November.

Pope Francis and Artist Autumn de Forest, November 2015

Autumn has painted since she was 5 years old, and since then has gone on to have her art collected around the world. Now 15, Autumn has supported a multitude of charitable and humanitarian efforts, and inspires young minds around the country through the Turnaround Arts program. For her efforts, she received an award from the Vatican.

As reported by the New York Times, direct threats from ISIS against the Vatican and Pope Francis himself, had generated a flurry of heightened security procedures in the tiny, Papal state. The Italian National Army, several inter-governmental police forces and the official Vatican security forces were on their highest alert. Yet, the powerful force of creativity prevailed over those of destruction on Wednesday, November 11TH, when 14-year-old American painting prodigy, Autumn de Forest, met with the Pontiff.

This meeting, on the steps of Saint Peter’s Basilica, is a powerful reminder to the world; a global reminder that the force of humanity, creativity and accomplishment shall continue, and the recognition of talent, vision and artistry that have defined our world history will never be subordinated to violence and extremism.

The young Ms. de Forest presented the Pope with a grand and intricate artwork transported thousands of miles from her painting studio in America.

Autumn, born in 2001, has painted since the age of 5, and was dubbed a child prodigy and an artistic genius in a special program produced by the Discovery Channel. She has a long lineage of artistic talent in her family. Her ancestors include American painters Roy de Forest (1930-2007), Lockwood de Forest (1850-1932) and George de Forest Brush (1855-1941). She is the daughter of a film and television actress and a musician composer, and a descendant of Robert de Forest, the former director of New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Pope Francis Receiving de Forest’s “Resurrection”, November 2015

Pope Francis & Ms. De Forest : Eye to Eye, November 2015

Autumn is an extraordinary young woman....a role model for her generation, and committed to the world’s betterment…putting her artistry and talent to their highest and best use. Autumn was an “Epic Kid” in Aeropostale’s 2013 national fashion campaign, and had the honor of being included in the 2015 GAP x ED project with Ellen DeGeneres, a project about great clothes and girl empowerment.

“Autumn de Forest is a creative genius” - Discovery Channel

“Autumn de Forest is one of the most important artists of her generation” - The Walt Disney Company


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