ASPIE Artists Offer Commissions for Socially Conscious Corporate Gifts

Organizations and individuals are engaging ASPIE artists to create unique corporate gifts and one-of-a-kind pieces

Oct. 21, 2019—ASPIE, a nonprofit that helps artists with disabilities show their work, is proud to announce that our artists now offer commissioned art and custom pieces to organizations that want socially conscious gifts and to individuals looking for artwork that is completely unique.

Two ASPIE artists have participated in custom work in recent weeks, delivering original pieces for use in special projects.

For example, award-winning photographer Jesse Buckwalter provided three unique images to create a special coffee mug for the American Society of Civil Engineers. The mugs were given as gifts to ASCE’s customer service reps during National Customer Service Week in October.

“The mugs were great and Jesse’s photography was outstanding,” said Rick Tyler, Director of Customer Service at ASCE. “The staff were all excited about the size and quality of the mugs

In another example, Colin Miller, a musician in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was in the process of creating music for a new album when he saw ASPIE artist Jonathan Whitlock’s paintings in a local gallery. Miller commissioned Jonathan to create a new painting just for him. The resulting piece may one day find its way onto one of Miller’s album covers.

“Many people want to give a gift that is one-of-a-kind or have a piece of art that is completely their own,” said Jerry Buckwalter, co-founder and CEO of ASPIE. “ASPIE allows them to get something totally unique, and to do some social good at the same time. ASPIE’s mission is to help artists with disabilities grow more self sufficient. Commissioning an artist through ASPIE can be a great way to do that.”

Almost all of ASPIE’s artists are available to do commissions and custom work, whether for gifts, decor or other projects. The system is simple: customers contact ASPIE and arrange to make a donation; explain what type of artwork they would like; and then receive the piece created just for them. ASPIE can supply artwork only or, in the case of corporate gifts, assist in procurement.

In addition, most of the work already showing on the ASPIE Gallery can be used to create custom corporate gifts of all kinds.

“Using ASPIE artists for corporate gifts is a win for everybody,” Buckwalter said. “Companies have needs for gifts and decor. Using ASPIE allows them to fill those needs easily and to do so in a socially conscious way.”

To find out more about commissions and custom corporate gifts, contact Jerry Buckwalter directly at [email protected]. To learn more about ASPIE, visit the ASPIE Gallery at or contact [email protected].

About ASPIE. ASPIE is a nonprofit launched in 2015 to empower adults with cognitive disabilities to become more self-sufficient. We provide special-needs artists with an online gallery to display their work, which includes premium-quality paintings, photography, jewelry and other forms of art and craft. ASPIE artists are disabled adults who have talent and skills and medium- to high-functioning capabilities, yet often cannot operate well within a typical work environment. Donations to ASPIE provide artists with sustainable supplemental earnings that do not interfere with their government benefits. The ASPIE gallery is free to our artists.