Photographer Mary Berridge will discuss her work in progress "Visible Spectrum: Portraits from the World of Autism". She will show slides from her project and talk about the complexities and myths of autism, and the benefits of neurodiversity.
Mary Berridge's photographs have been exhibited in many galleries and museums including the Museum of Modern Art in NY, The M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Her work has also been shown in the less traditional venues of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the United Nations and the Open Society Institute.
Mary has received several awards- among them are: a Guggenheim Fellowship, a NY Foundation for the Arts Artist's Fellowship, the Lange-Taylor Prize, the Ernst Haas Award and the Romeo Martinez International Award. She has published two books: A Positive Life: Portraits of Women Living with HIV (Running Press, 1997 ), and On the Eve, Moscow, 1998 (Blue Sky Books, 2014). Her photographs have been published in numerous anthologies and periodicals, including The NY Times Magazine, Harpers and DoubleTake. After earning her MFA from Yale and a BA from the University of Michigan, Mary went on to teach at Princeton University and The School of Visual Arts in NY, as well as several other colleges and universities.
Mary lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she is working on a book about autism and neurodiversity. She serves on the board of the NC Autism Society's Orange-Chatham chapter, and is a member of the Special Needs Advisory Council for the Chapel Hill- Carrboro City School District.