Welcome to A.R.T. Confidential

No TV crew is going to capture the intimacy and intensity of the A.R.T. artists in a half day visit.

A.R.T. Confidential will reveal the real thing. The deeper hearts and souls of these amazing artists.

Our years spent one on one with them through the good and bad times empowers us to share the real essence, the essence that is missed by news crews looking to shoot yet another puff piece.

Curious, moving, awesome and at times hilarious, the complex lives of the A.R.T. artists and the Trackers who work with them will take you inside an intimate world so rich it makes pop culture feel like empty calories.

No one in America has seen the stunning breakouts from utter passivity to the realization of fiery volition we have.

We are going to share these moments of joy and tears with you. It will be just between you and us. A.R.T. Confidential.

Fire Drill

A.R.T. was such a stunning success the board was able to run a capital campaign that paid for a schnazzy new arts building.   The problem was how well-meaning policy makers in the state capital mandated all those with severe physical challenges get out of their centers x hours a week.  I guess they had dreams of these young people who could not […]

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Jimmy’s TV

How many decisions do you make in a day ?   It has to be thousands. These decisions make you who you are.Thinking of how many decisions each day many of the A.R.T. artists  made each day before they got A.R.T. ?  The answer could actually be: zero.This is why they came so to life when they saw they could make […]

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Rene’s Process

Many are uneasy being around those A.R.T. works with. But once you get to know them the way we do you see they are a joy to hang out with.  They have something extra going on. They have been so witty and so bluntly honest they have cracked us up laughing so many times.  It’s so refreshing   working with the […]

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Lane’s Pyramid

Lane had become supremely confident in the creation of his paintings. He knew he was in charge. That using A.R.T. techniques he could get what was in his head onto the canvas. Years of watching Lane paint, each move carefully considered, made it clear the unusual thing he did to his painting that day was on purpose.  Methodically he […]

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Mile High

The pandemic hit A.R.T. hard. Our largest most robust host center in Philadelphia not only shut down, but went out of business. Oh how painful it was losing all those amazing individuals we had the thrill of working with. And think how they felt isolated with no programming month after month. During this bleak time we began to offer our […]

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Eric and the phone call

When we saw what the A.R.T. breakthrough had brought those at that first residential school and care facility, the gang of physically challenged young artists and I agreed we had to share the liberation beyond that one school, that one residential care center.In a meeting with the head of the school, was told to ‘Watch my step.’ […]

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Operation Mind Blown

End of Day 2 of the A.R.T. training workshop jam fest, time for us to say our goodbyes and get to the airport, the staff spontaneously created a greeting line so our super Tracker and I could walk down the line, shaking hands, exchanging words.Each of the folks they brought us hitting it out of the park. I mean […]

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Clifford’s Euphoria

Think we can all admit how buttoned up most of us are when it comes to expressing raw unbridled joy. It is so intense we can find it kind of embarrassing.For us at A.R.T. seeing raw joy lights up our hearts. The liberation!    First let’s imagine how it feels to live a life without any means of […]

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Rafael and the Human Tornado

Seeing the cover art Beacon Press had come up for my book I sighed.It featured some blandly colored random feeling brush strokes. In a needle thin palsied script the letters of the book’s title: Flying Colors, the letters at the right end of Colors lowered as if the feeble script had run out of gas and in a moment […]

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Randy and his favorite “Green Leaf”

hose we work with who have a severe form of cerebral palsy have no use of their legs, extremely limited use of their hands, but retain control of the ability to move their heads. This is why we came up with the head mounted laser system.Wherever they focus on the canvas the red dot of the laser appears. By […]

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Mirror Mirror on the Floor

Although famous painters Frank Stella and my beloved mentor Walter Darby Bannard graduated from Princeton University, PU offers no degree in art.  And it shows. Being given a tour of the art department, figure drawings posted all along the hallways, A.R.T.’s board member asked, “You said these were done by college students?”Yes, they were that terrible. And what can you expect when […]

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Eric and the Limo

Sitting in the silent painting studio, all the others having left, Eric, nowhere more at home than in the studio, not ready to leave, not caring if he will be late for his next class, he just sits there, drinking in the fact his dream, the idea he came up with, the idea he pressed me […]

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Birth of Laser

A person with physical challenges can use the A.R.T. head-mounted laser to reach out far beyond the limits of their bodies to draw, to paint, with speed and fluidity. It is simple. Wherever the artist draws the light, the Tracker applies their chosen colors.Let us return to the day of the birth of laser painting, […]

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Dani Gels with A.R.T.

We worked with Dani since she was a youngster.   First at the Lakeview school then for ten years at our studio program on the campus of Princeton University.   Dani pushed the aggressive limit of painting by having large vats of tinted acrylic gels poured onto her painting from eight feet above the canvas. We lost touch with Dani which broke […]

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Easter Seals Arkansas: Miracle Mark

The wonderful A.R.T. program at Easter Seals Arkansas shared this moving video about their client Mark and his journey.” As he started following the tracker, we got to watch him process, plan, think, make decisions, be very specific about what we was doing. That painting was the first time in the fifteen months since his […]

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Product: Happiness

The core crew of A.R.T. hopped in the trusty Jeep and it was off to Philly to demo our breakthrough approach to true self-expression. Although the admins at the meeting did not seem to have a feel for the power of Art, the first individual to actually try out our systems seemed pretty happy with the sensation […]

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A.R.T Diva Natalia

As the documentary filmmaker gets her ducks in a row in order to capture the beautiful breakouts of the A.R.T. artists, I spoke with one of the artists, letting her know some day there could be a movie movie, a Hollywood movie made of the A.R.T. story. Asking “Who would play you?” Natalia fired her talking keyboard, […]

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Danny and the Perfect Symmetry

Danny was a little boy who could not walk, talk or use his hands. The staff told us he could not make it to the A.R.T. studio that day because his wheelchair was broken. SuperTracker Marybeth Hill returned with this news, a giant beanbag in hand. Tossed it on the studio floor and headed back […]

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Roz and the Ducklings

At the school for severely challenged kids the principal was amazing.So smart,having earned a Phd, visionary enough to have worked to bring us to the school so they could raise their own A.R.T. studio program.  Shocking, rocking success with all the students we worked with Day 1. By Day 2 of the new program start up studio workshop we […]

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Meet JR

Atop a lonely hill they live, year-round. Those who came to our studio, those who experienced the shocking blast of uncompromised individual creative power, ignited a firestorm at the residential care facility. All the while there was a young man who wanted more than anything to get in on the action, on the breakthrough, on the […]

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JR, Part 2

For a young man in his early thirties JR was very small.  As small as a child. This size of his body belied the fierce drive alive within him.  Thoughts and feelings you would have if you could not walk, talk, use your hands and were unable to express any of this and so were treated by staff […]

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JR, Part 3: JR’s Relaxation Therapy

We did not care for the way staff from other programs felt free to pluck our artists from the A.R.T. studio as if their program was of higher value than ours. In our opinion, there was nothing the center offered that gave the residents more meaningful consequential choice-making than working in the limitless creative freedom of […]

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JR, Part 4, JR and the Disarmed Alarm

At this certain residential care facility, we had a battle going with the head of maintenance. The artists enjoying fresh air, we kept the studio door open to the courtyard. Normally if you opened that door an alarm would sound.  Guess they needed to know if any of the quadriplegics were trying to escape. We […]

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La La Laser

Nicole, nine years old, was fixated watching her schoolmates use A.R.T. for the first time. She saw what her pals who lacked the articulate use of their hands were doing. How they were choosing the colors, the brush, the size of the canvas. They were in charge and they were guiding rich bright colors with a flourish onto their […]

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Roy Wakes Up

The A.R.T. team had such fantastic success with those we worked with at a disabilities center in Florida, we knew we had blown the staff’s minds. Having proven the efficacy of our approach, having so clearly demonstrated how A.R.T. is a giant leap beyond other current approaches, I asked the staff, “Who is the hardest […]

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Tucker

Tucker’s mom raised the money to cover the costs of Tracker Marybeth Hill and I to fly to West Virginia. First session little Tucker cried like a baby and voooosh his mom wheeled the little boy out of the studio. That afternoon Tucker returned and rolled up to the workstation he, you guessed it, started crying like […]

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Vimaris/Paint it Black

To us, Vimaris was V. Her one wandering eye and her not walking, talking or able to use her hands, many, most?, everyone? failed to see the depth and breadth of her mind and the fine, fine sense she had for painting.  I mean fine.  I mean the real thing.  I mean our Tracker and I were humbled by the paintings V created. […]

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Deerie Me

Some of the things we have seen or been told in our years of starting A.R.T. programs is scandalous. Some of the diagnoses of the A.R.T. painters are so wrong its insane. So obviously wrong, a guy like me can disprove them in a second. It’s ridiculous. And it’s serious, these diagnoses limiting what an individual will be […]

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Rafael, A Portrait of My Man

With our techniques, an artist without the use of their hands can gain perfectly exacting control.  They can place the tiniest point of color on their canvas, exactly where they want it to go.  What I am saying is, if they wanted, they could make a photo-realistic painting using the A.R.T. systems.  The two of us in the studio, […]

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Lane and the Big Champagne

Amongst the crowd at the gallery opening reception, a former employee of the school, an employee who had recently been fired, an employee who knew and loved all the A.R.T. artists, did not, look, happy. Let’s refer to him as Ricardo. Big, beefy, strong, and mercurial, this being why he had been fired, among all of us only Ricardo […]

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Michael and the Diamond

At first you might think Michael Dove took our studio program for a joke.  The way he found everything amusing. Although he demurred each time we asked if he was up for trying the techniques, he kept showing up, just hanging out with the artists, watching the paintings being created. A week and another week, and another […]

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Apology of the Converts

At the end of the two day intensive jam session studio workshop, the staff, at first wary of us, formed a line so all of them could shake our hands and say a word to us as we were leaving, headed for the airport. One of the staff told me, “We really liked the introductory talk […]

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Simply Bovine!

With their own gallery in the local art museum the A.R.T. artists were fired up. At the same time their opening was taking place, a larger gallery in the art museum hosted another opening reception featuring a group called ‘The Art Group’, a coalition of amateurs who specialized in water colors and drawings of still lifes and local landscapes.  Compared […]

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The Squatters

The phone call that brought A.R.T. the fabulous Brit, Suzie Boyd, went so well, feeling easy enough with her to confess I smoked cigars and wore wrecked paint clothes and this and that in a list of things a prim person might find objectionable, Suzie chimed in none of that would be a problem for her, […]

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Michael and the Wooden Chair

We have worked with a good number of Michaels. This Michael is Michael Davis. Michael was unique in our experience in how he could walk but did not have the use of his hands. He could not open a door. It is always a thrill when a new artist locks in to painting with our techniques with the immediate […]

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The Name Game

In the excitement of the few days prior to their show the artists rolled along with our Tracker. All the paintings that would be in the show set on the floor of the gymnasium, their backs resting against the walls. As a group they moved from painting to painting, stopping at each, the painter of […]

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Flipping the Blowing Sax

Most of you know that beyond our painting program A.R.T. has systems for photography, music and sculpture, that are a quantum leap ahead of the pack. Why? How? Because A.R.T. comes from Art, not art therapy. The artist with severe mobility challenges wants to get out what’s inside them. To get at the real thing. […]

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Dennis and the Cha-cha

Dennis is a genius. His medical issues are so acute we worry for his life. To those who do not know him he seems out of it. That is just his body. He is so together. Acutely aware. His first sessions with us, on the second floor of Princeton’s Dept. of Art, across the street […]

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LASSY in the morning

We love to tell you about the artists but this time I am going to give you a glimpse of a breakthrough we created that very few in the world know about. It is the A.R.T. L.A.S.S.Y.: Light actuated synthesizer. Seeing the amazing creative power the head-mounted laser brought the artist’s paintings, I asked, for […]

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Tammy scares the boys

The first day of the technique nicknamed ‘Wheelism’, the artists used the weight and movement of their electric wheelchairs as drawing tools. A canvas taped to the studio floor, slathered with one layer of color then a different layer of color, covered with clear plastic to protect the wheels. Their first session the young men […]

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Sammy’s Curve

Sammy was one of those young folks the staff led us to believe was incapable. When I whispered in his ear: “Screw them. Right?” he grinned from ear to ear. Sammy took off with our systems. When he eye signaled he wanted to create a curved line and one of the points he plotted was […]

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Overleaping the Lockdown

A.R.T. artists across the country are living without being able to get to their day programs and schools. Being quadriplegic this must be pretty hard on them. And their families. Until they are able to return to the centers where the A.R.T. studio offers them the greatest degree of creative autonomy ever, which means exploration, […]

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A little night music

For her composition Lee did not use the musical notes of the synthesizer. Commanding the process from her wheelchair, she opted for sound effects only. No music, just sound samples. And to such effect! Her composition completed, the first full playback left us all fairly upset, it was that unsettling. That close to the home […]

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Dennis in the Sky

The camera person somewhere on the streets of Princeton. Artist extraordinaire Dennis up in the studio seeing everything the camera sees, non-verbally directing the camera. The Super Tracker Darren McMannus communicates Dennis’s directives to the camera person. “Point higher. Higher. “ Darren says into the mic. “Still higher.” “I’m already pointing above the building the […]

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X-Man!

Being blind I never knew when to shut up. Unaware of who might be around me, I said what I said and would live with it. But if my bloviation would jeopardize the job or the studio program we ran? Our Tracker would hiss, “X-Man!” Being their employer this was much easier to take then […]

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Elijah’s Spiral

We have to trust they are bringing us all those right for A.R.T. That they are not leaving behind the somber nonverbal somnambuelent little boy. When we have had enough new artist beautiful breakouts so we know the staff will carry on with the program once we fly back to New Jersey I ask for […]

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Lee and the Carpet

Well before Skype and Zoom, A.R.T. had cobbled together a system we called the Flying Eye. It empowered A.R.T. artists to be physically in Princeton and direct a camera somewhere far away. In this case the furthest an artist had operated from our studio was Disney World in Florida. Personally you couldn’t pay me to […]

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Vicki and the Swinging Wrists

Free to go on and on and on lasering on transparent variations of green to her painting, some might have thought the applications redundant. No other colors but green. So many sessions later, the painting finished, it was a knock out. Ready for any gallery in the world. At the opening reception, Vicki and her […]

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Michael and the Ladder Slam

One thing A.R.T. artists crave is action of the physical kind. The Tracker asking “Who’s next?” two of the eager artists made their amazingly fast and powerful electric wheelchairs leap for the studio workstation. The violent impact made a crashing sound, both their heads thrown back, the other artists cheered. Clearly sensing their desire for […]

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Renee

Middle aged, always gracious, and surprisingly blunt when it came to the truth, Renee was one of our famous artists at United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia. When she discovered she could connect curves, she created a painting that garnered much praise from the staff. Referring to this painting of tightly writhing skinny curved lines that […]

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The Call

Using the A.R.T. techniques, those who had gained access to them were supercharged. They were seen a new way. People could see proof of the amazing depth and breadth of their inner lives. When we saw these stunning, deeply moving breakthroughs the first A.R.T. artists were making, we knew we had to share what we […]

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A.R.T. Confidential

No TV crew is going to capture the intimacy and intensity of the A.R.T. artists in a half day visit. A.R.T. Confidential  will reveal the real thing.  The deeper hearts and souls of these amazing artists. Our years spent one on one with them through the good and bad times empower sus to share the real essence, the […]

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