Partnerships with the Autism Society of North Carolina of Orange/Chatham County, the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities, and the Adapted Recreation & Inclusion Program of the Town of Chapel Hill enabled the project portraits to be shown at various galleries and educational venues during 2014 and 2015. Under Tyroler’s leadership, partners hosted educational forums to encourage understanding and respect for people with autism and the importance of inclusive programs for youth with disabilities. Tyroler observed, “This project blends fine art and humanitarian work, which is central to my art practice.”
Barbara Tyroler is a well-known artist whose work is exhibited at the FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill, MoNA Gallery in Charlotte, and universities and hospital centers in the Washington, DC area. She has served as a Photographic Educator at the University of Maryland Art Department, the UNC School of Journalism, and the Duke Center for Documentary Studies. She was an Educational Therapist at the Wright School Re-Education Center and an Educational Therapist at the NC Memorial Hospital Child Inpatient Unit. Tyroler has used her photographic talents for teaching and rehabilitation with the Washington Cancer Institute, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Epilepsy Foundation to name a few. Tyroler holds an M.F.A. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts.