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Smithsonian to feature artists with disabilities

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Artwork by 15 emerging artists with disabilities is going on view next week at the Smithsonian Institution, and the artists are being awarded cash prizes.

Dimelza Broche of Jacksonville, Fla., won the top prize of $20,000 for her oil-on-canvas painting "Soul Reader." (Photo: Dimelza Broche)

The artists were selected in a juried competition organized by VSA, an affiliate of the Kennedy Center. VSA was formerly known as Very Special Arts. It was founded by Jean Kennedy Smith, the last living sibling of President John F. Kennedy.

The works go on view Sept. 7 at the Smithsonian's S. Dillon Ripley Center on the National Mall.

Dimelza Broche of Jacksonville, Fla., won the top prize of $20,000 for her oil-on-canvas painting "Soul Reader." Emily McPeek of Van Nuys, Calif., was awarded $10,000 for her oil painting "Women Praying." And Xi Nan of Decorah, Iowa, won $6,000 for works in porcelain.

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