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Local student artist Grace Walker Goad is exhibiting artwork at the United Methodist Publishing House

Grace Local student artist Grace Walker Goad (pictured above) will be having a special showing of her artwork at the United Methodist Publishing House, on Friday, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the John Dickins House lobby.

Diagnosed with moderately severe autism at the age of 32 months, Goads' mother, author/speaker/advocate Leisa A. Hammettintroduced the joy of art making into her world. Goads began exhibiting art at the age of six.

Goad is in her first year of the community-based transition program with the United Methodist Publishing House, which has a partnership with Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School. She graduated from Hillsboro High School in 2013.

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Grace’s work has been featured on the 2007 autism episode of ABC’s “The View;” on Al Jazeera America; on the cover of The American Journal of Psychiatry, among other magazine covers; the cover of the book, Making Sense of Autism, and in The Art of Autism: 2012 Edition, as well as numerous local and national newspapers, magazines, books, and various television and online media. Her work is in the Tennessee Arts Commission’s permanent artist collection managed at the Tennessee State Museum.

The private showing of artwork will also feature students from the MNPS Exceptional Education program, who will be passing out postcards and welcoming art show visitors.