Event Date(s): April 1, 2014 -
09:00 to 15:00

Glass Axis and Goodwill Columbus are presenting a professional development workshop focusing on working with individuals with disabilities in art studio settings. See below for information on the workshop's content and how to register.

Making Art: Facilitating Creative Self-Expression for Individuals with Disabilities 

WhenTuesday April 1st 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Where: Goodwill Columbus, 1331 Edgehill Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
Cost: $50.00 per person
Presenter: Holly Adkins-Ardrey, Goodwill Art Studio & Gallery Director

This class is designed to teach art instructors how to develop and modify tools to accommodate the individual's developmental needs.

To register, please click HERE.

Unleashing the Creative Spirit

  • Intro to developmental disabilities and other barriers
  • The creative process
  • (10 minute break)
  • Discussion panel/ Q and A (Guest Presenters: Debbie Griffing, Program Manager; Cody Miller, Resident Artist; Kate Gorman, Resident Artist; and Charlotte McGraw, program participant) 

Packed Lunch/networking opportunity
11:30 - 12:30

Eliminating Barriers

12:30 - 3:00
  • Creating a culture for success
  • Accessibility
  • Adaptive Equipment
  • (10 minute break)
  • Demo and experience (Guest Presenters: Debbie Griffing, Program Manager and Cody Miller, Resident Artist)

Tour of Goodwill Art Studio and gallery (optional)


Presenter bio: 

Holly Adkins-Ardrey, Goodwill Art Studio & Gallery Director
Holly graduated from Columbus College of Art & Design, magna cum laude, majoring in Fine Art. She is both a visual and performing artist with ten years of experience in classical ballet and four years with improvisational performing arts company, IN SITU, where she served as Founder, President and Performer. Holly began her administrative career as Chair of the Live Art Committee and Organizer for the Columbus Community Festival. She has also held the position of Executive Director of the Foothills School of American Crafts in Nelsonville, Ohio. Holly worked as a youth art teacher for eight years and as a studio artist on an 80-acre farm in Meigs County, Ohio. Focusing on mixed media and fibers, Holly was one of 19 artists chosen internationally for the Studio Art Quilt Associates exhibit, Layers of Memory, which toured the USA in 2011. Holly was hired by Goodwill Columbus in 2005 to develop a new and innovative Fine Art program for individuals with disabilities, Goodwill Art Studio & Gallery.


Guest presenter bios:

  • Deborah Griffing has two degrees from The Ohio State University: a Bachelor of fine Arts in ceramics and Master of Fine Arts in painting. She has been a visiting lecturer at OSU in the Fine Arts Program and has taught through the Ohio Arts Council Artists in Education Program. As an Artist in Education (AIE) Deborah worked at Passion Works Studio in Athens, Ohio, where she made art dolls in collaboration with artists with disabilities. In 2005 Deborah joined Goodwill as the Art Studio was being launched. Deborah has shown her work in many galleries including The Dairy Barn Arts Center, the Vern Riffe Gallery, the Pearl Conard Art Gallery, and Barth Gallery. Deborah has won various awards for her work including the prestigious Ohio Arts Council Individual Fellowship in 2002 and 2013.When not at Goodwill, she works in her studio at home. Her blog can be found at www.deborahagriffing.com


  • Kate Sturman Gorman is an illustrator and fiber artist with Bachelor degrees in fine art and English literature. Before coming to the Goodwill Art Studio & Gallery, she served as adjunct faculty at the Columbus College of Art and Design and Otterbein College. Kate continues to work as a residency artist in the Ohio Arts Council Artists in Education Program where she teaches and collaborates with diverse groups of students of all ages. Her art quilts have been exhibited in Quilt National and the Ohio Craft Museum, as well as many other local and national galleries. At the Goodwill Art Studio & Gallery, Kate works as both a leader and collaborator; finding and encouraging the strengths of the individual to create the best possible artwork. Her narrative art skills are an integral part of her personal work as well as the collaborations she creates with other individuals and groups. She has been featured in Quilt National '13, Ohio Magazine, Teaching Artist Magazine and Art Quilts of the Midwest. Kate maintains a studio in her home and a website at www.kategorman.net.


  • Cody Miller's paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries, art festivals, and museums. He received his B.F.A. in 1995 from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio.  Cody's work has been shown at the Toledo Museum of Art, the Columbus Museum of Art, the Dayton Centre Gallery, the International Arts & Music Festival in Los Angeles, the Viewpoint Gallery in Schenectady, New York, the Ohio Art League Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum in Coshocton, Ohio, the Gates of Eden Gallery in Peoria, Illinois, and the Artworks Gallery in Newark, Ohio. He has also given lectures and shown his paintings at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan, Grace Fellowship Church in Mansfield, Ohio, and Monroe County Community College in Monroe, Michigan. Mr. Miller was the art instructor at Art Bridge Studio, a division of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Ohio for 15 years, and is currently a resident artist at the Goodwill Art Studio and Gallery. Visit Cody's website at www.codyfmiller.com


  • Charlotte McGraw is the creator and Mayor of Charlottesville, a town illustrated by a series of collage and painted works of art.  This is a place for people to have a voice about their lives. Misfits, outcasts, and exploited people who often are invisible to the world become family, and proud members of society.