Color of Sound

Color of Sound

April 17–July 11, 2021

Curated By The Art Of Autism Nonprofit

Color of Sound installed at OMA

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Color of Sound is an exhibition of music and synesthesia-themed art curated by the The Art of Autism nonprofit, the first exhibition of its kind in a Southern California museum, featuring 14 artists who are neurodivergent. While autism creates challenges with communication, it also may enhance connections between colors, sounds, shapes and music. The Art of Autism is a San Diego County-based nonprofit made up of talented individuals who have come together to display the creative abilities of people on the autism spectrum and others who are neurodivergent. Their mission is to provide a forum to connect with those who wish to employ these abilities. 

Synesthesia is a condition in which one sense is simultaneously and spontaneously perceived as if by one or more additional senses. Sometimes synesthetes join objects such as letters, shapes, numbers, or people’s names with a sensory perception such as smell, color, or sounds. Many of the artists in this exhibition join color with emotions and shapes to create their art. A number of the artworks created by these autistic artists were inspired by music.

This exhibition is a reimagining of the MozArt@OMA exhibition scheduled for April 1126, 2020, in honor of National Autism Awareness Month. MozArt@OMA was, unfortunately, unable to be presented due to OMA’s temporary closure during the COVID-19 pandemic.



Watch SmallTalk: The Color of Sound with curator Debra Muzikar and Keri Bowers, co-founders of the nonprofit The Art of Autism, for a lively and informative discussion celebrating neurodiversity in the arts and the creative abilities of artists on the autism spectrum, live streamed Thursday, April 29, 2021.


See additional works by the artists and learn more about The Art of Autism nonprofit in the galleries they created inspired by this exhibition.
See Gallery One here
See Gallery Two here
See Gallery Three here
See Gallery Four here

Click here to download a PDF of artist statements.


Color of Sound artist Jeremy Sicile-Kira was featured on CBS News 8 to promote the exhibition and the short documentary film about him and his artwork that is part of the San Diego International Film Festival ShortsFest on Saturday, May 15 at 2:30pm.



Header artwork: The Vibrant Colors of the Opera Carmen by Jeremy Sicile Kira

If you would like to learn more about the artwork, including if the artists have work available to purchase, please email


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