Our son came to Rimland ten years ago. Our family has watched him thrive with the care and support from the Rimland staff. I feel we are one big family and I am grateful for the support I have received.

— Rosemary Milton, Parent
New DT Arts Initiatives

Spiderman Mural

Mural Works

In addition to providing music on Fridays, Tom, our musician, who has partnered with Rimland for many years, is also offering an art class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. He draws murals at DT and the clients paint them in. This is a wonderful program that offers clients an opportunity to do a sensory activity while at the same time beautifying DT and making the place their own.

Mural in progress

Music For A While

Three days a week from 10am-2pm, clients are learning to play musical instruments such as the piano, drums, guitar, and flute from a professional musician. Soon, a group of our clients will be ready to do a presentation where they show off the skills they have learned. We have had several musical programs throughout the years at DT, and this is a highly engaging and fun activity that everyone can participate in and show off what they’ve learned.


Rimland Visionary Outsider Art Show

Rimland Visionary Outsider Art Show

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016
10 AM – 4 PM
Rimland Headquarters
1265 Hartrey Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202
Free and Open to the Public


Rimland Services is sponsoring a Visionary Outsider Art Show to bring awareness of adults living with autism and to the truth that human potential for creativity and artistic expression is not limited by physical or cognitive challenges. The artists in this show are highly individualistic – whether self-defined as raw, marginalized, outsider, self-taught, visionary, or naïve. The Visionary Outsider Art Show will showcase the work of eight artists from six states whose works will all be for sale.*







Michael Banks – Widely recognized and exhibited outsider artist experiments with both found objects, building materials as well as artists’ materials. (Alabama)







Tarik Echols – Obsessive marks extracted from a single written word or phrase result in complex relationships between words and background space. (Illinois)







Ritchie Exilas – Resources for Human Development-RI artist who works with pencils and markers in a bold yet whimsical style. (Rhode Island)







Joe Flasch – Prolific artist who has developed a collection of symbols which function like pictograms. (Illinois)







Harold Jeffries – Little City Foundation artist creating blueprinted plans for Heaven. (Illinois)







Bill Miller – Collage artist who uses vintage linoleum for pictorial assemblages of memory and nature lie somewhere between collage and stained glass. (Pennsylvania)







P Miller – Military veteran whose “doodles” offset the demands of daily life (Nebraska)







Sarah Rakes – Rural painter whose works exude a concern with living things and a love for animals, highly patterned backgrounds spill over onto the frames she creates for each work. (Georgia)

Rimland Art Selection Committee member Cleo Wilson, said she was pleased with the depth and breadth of the submissions to the show. The Committee introduced key elements of the show. We are indebted to these outstanding individuals:

Rebecca Hoffberger – Founder/Director of the American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD, an official national museum, education center, and repository for intuitive, self-taught artistry

Pam Horowitz – The Pamela S. Horowitz & H. Julian Bond Outsider Art Collection, Washington, DC

Judith Joseph – Chicago North Shore artist & arts educator

Larry Singer – Director, Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law

Cleo Wilson – President, Intuit, the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, and collector of self-taught art

Joe Wilkinson – Chairman Emeritus and Founder, Schools That Can (formerly Bill Traylor Foundation), Traylor collector since 1978

Rimland Services NFP supports the most critical needs of adults with classic autism through three programs – Residential Living, Developmental Training, and Health & Wellness. Our residents are all adults, having matriculated out of every other private and state-based school and/or organization. Rimland commits to providing life-long support. Our mission is to remove the barriers restricting equal access for adults with autism. Proceeds from the Visionary Outsider Art Show will support long-term sustainability of Rimland Services NFP.

Rimland promotes exhibiting artists by inviting the public, members of the art world, and the press to attend the show.


Sponsored by ABT Electronics, Bob Bradish and Kathy Tate-Bradish, Laura Bernstein, Barbara Cooper, Erin Hsu, Michael and Ann McNamara, Dr. Eugene Schnitzler, the Sun and Nina Yoo Family


* Art may be purchased prior to the show at a benefit on Friday, Oct. 14. Go to for more information.