INTRODUCTION TO OUTSIDER ART Outsider Art encompasses work produced by people with a different perspective on life and approach to the arts. This type of art, creation that is intuitive and undefiled by mainstream ideas, is called many names including; Outsider Art, Art Brut, Marginalized Art, Raw Art, Intuitive Art and more. Key Components all of these terms have in common is that the artists, creation and inspiration stand in some marginal relationship to society's mainstream. Our goal, at BCS, is for the artists to bring authentic raw, honest and unbridled creativity to the diverse St. Louis Art Scene. Check out the Links bellow for more information on the History of Outsider Art, Famous Outsider Artists, other Outsider Art Studios, as well as links to Outsider Museums, Galleries and Publications. At Blank Canvas Studios, we have found that the story behind the art is almost as important as the art itself. This is by no means a be all, end all guide on Outsider Art. Hopefully, it peaks your interest just enough to explore this medium on your own. I think it is a privilege to be able to work with the people in this program. Staff, artists, and all of the people who come in and out of our doors on a regular basis. There is never a dull moment and we have shared the trials and tribulations of everyday life together. Blank Canvas, as well as our sister studios in Missouri and throughout the country have developed a bond that surpass your typical staff/client relationship. When you come into the studio you are instantly hit with the idea that you can't tell the difference between artists and staff. We embrace that. We truly feel that individuals flourish in an environment that encourages creativity and self-direction. No special break rooms, no quotas, no rules for creation. We live together in this place that has surpassed a typical program, and has truly become a community. In my experience, most of the Outsider Art studios operate in this manner, and that's what makes these places truly special and unique places. So, if you're ever in the area and want to stop in and check out our studio and gallery. You'll be welcomed with open arms, and guaranteed you'll see or experience something special. I'm proud of our studio and the relationships we've developed. I hope our site will encourage you to explore the fascinating world of Outsider Art.