Dr. McManmon started drawing trees as a small child and his fascination continues to this day. He is the father of six children (one adopted) and has eleven grandchildren. He is the founder of the College Internship Program (CIP) which serves students with learning differences in six locations in the United States. In 2001, his staff diagnosed him with an Autism Spectrum disorder and he was later formally diagnosed with Asperger’s. He works in pen and ink, watercolor and oil. Dr. McManmon has written a book about his life called Made For Good Purpose (Jessica Kingsley, 2012).
“I feel like I am the poster-boy for late diagnosis. It feels wonderful inside to know that all the ‘goofy sides’ of my personality are my best ones, and I can embrace them. I accept myself the way I am, knowing that I was made exactly the way I am, for good purpose under heaven. This is what I bring to the world now.”
Michael’s vision for the Good Purpose Gallery is a dynamic space exhibiting works of art by artists on the Autistic Spectrum and Learning Differences – as well as artists who support the mission of CIP.