Riva Lehrer

Riva Lehrer

Artist and Activist

Keynote Address: 12:30pm – 2pm EST | Thursday, April 6, 2017

“Presence and Absence: The Paradox of Disability and Portraiture”

Keywords: Representation, Portraiture, Identity (Politics), Embodiment, Curating

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Ms. Lehrer is considered one of the foremost artists and curators in the field of Disability Culture. Her writing and visual art are included in publications including Criptiques, edited by Caitlin Wood; Sex and Disability, edited by Robert McRuer and Anna Mollow; TriQuarterly, the literary journal of Northwestern University; Lesbian Art in America, Harmony Hammond; and the Feminist Studies Journal.
Photo by Ronit Bezalel

Sara Hendren

Sara Hendren

Olin College

Keynote Address: 12:30pm – 2pm EST, Friday, April 7, 2017

“Public is Plural: Disability, Design, and Audiences for our Work”

Keywords: Inclusive Design, Prosthetics, Accessible Architecture, Adaptive Technologies

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Sara Hendren is an artist, design researcher, and professor based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She makes material art and design works, writes, and lectures on adaptive and assistive technologies, prosthetics, inclusive design, accessible architecture, and related ideas. Her work has been exhibited in the US and abroad and is held in the permanent collection at MOMA (NYC), and her writing and design work have appeared in the Boston Globe, The Atlantic Tech, FastCo Design, and on National Public Radio (US), among others.

Julie McNamara: NEW

Julie McNamara: NEW

Vital Xposure

Keynote Address: 1pm – 2:15pm EST, Saturday, April 8, 2017

“Vital Voices”

Keywords: Arts as Activism, Peripheral Voices, Centerstage, Creative Solutions, Solidarity

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Julie McNamara is a disabled artist and activist working on the frontline. Artistic Director of Disability-led theatre company Vital Xposure, her work is driven by social justice. With 15 plays under her belt, she is renowned for unveiling unpalatable truths through extraordinary stories from voices on the political periphery. ​

Immediately following from 2:25pm – 3:05pm EST

Dialogue Title: “Boo Hoo Hoo and Screw You, Too!” (Radicalizing the Community Conversation about Disability in the Arts) (panel)

Additional Symposium Presentation Time: 10:40am – 11:10am EST, Thursday, April 6

Title: Unruly Minds Unleashed

Ruth Gould: CANCELED

Ruth Gould: CANCELED

Creative Dir., DaDa Fest

CANCELED: Keynote Address

“Survival of the Crippists”

** We regret to share that the originally scheduled keynote speaker, Ruth Gould, is no longer able to join the DisArt Symposium this year. We hope you will help us welcome Julie McNamara, friend and colleague of Ruth, to fill this respected position.

Ruth Gould, MBE is the Artistic Director of DaDaFest, and previously was its Chief Executive Officer, since February 2001. DaDaFest is an innovative disability and Deaf arts organization that delivers a biennial festival, arts events and projects for all age groups that promote high quality disability and Deaf arts from diverse cultural perspectives. Ruth is a leader and pioneer in this field and continues to be passionate about empowering disabled artists.

Paul Amenta

Paul Amenta

Founder and Curator, SiTE:LAB

HYBRID STRUCTURES Presentation (Panel Discussion)

Presentation Time: 10:40am – 11:10am EST, Friday, April 7, 2017

Paul Amenta is the cofounder and curator for SiTE:LAB, a Grand Rapids-based arts collective that transforms civic locations through installation art.

Lu Auz

Lu Auz

Memphis College of Art

Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching an Interdisciplinary Art History and Disability Studies Course

Presentation Time: 11am – 11:20am EST, Saturday, April 8, 2017

Lucienne (Lu) Dorrance Auz is an Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art History at Memphis College of Art in Memphis, Tennessee. She received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Art History from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Her research interests cross the disciplines of art history and disability studies.

Beth Bienvenu

Beth Bienvenu

National Endowment for the Arts

Voices From the Field: Results from an Online Dialogue on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities

Presentation Time: 3:10pm – 3:30pm EST, Friday, April 7, 2017

Dr. Beth Bienvenu is the Director of the Office of Accessibility at the National Endowment for the Arts, where she manages the NEA’s technical assistance and advocacy work devoted to making the arts accessible for people with disabilities, older adults, veterans, and people in institutional settings. She provides guidance and support to state arts agency staff and professionals working the fields of arts access, creativity and aging, arts and health, universal design, and arts in corrections.

A. Laura Brody

A. Laura Brody

Independent Artist and Curator, Opulent Mobility

Opulent Mobility: Re-imagining Mobility and Disability

Presentation Time: 4:20 – 5pm EST, Friday, April 7, 2017

A. Laura Brody sculpts for the human body and its vehicles. Her mobility art (re*made wheelchairs and walkers) were shared by Frances Anderton on NPR and on The Improvised Life. She developed and co-curated Opulent Mobility, a group exhibit dealing with mobility and disability, with Anthony Tusler.

nili Broyer

nili Broyer

University of Illinois at Chicago

Crip Design: Affirming Disability, Contaminating Normalcy

Presentation Time: 2:10p – 2:30pm EST, Friday, April 7, 2017

nili Broyer is a PhD candidate in the Disability Studies program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a scholar-artist and a member of UIC’s Program on Disability Art, Culture, and Humanities (PDACH), and Bodies of Work: A Network of Disability Art and Culture.

Lawrence Carter Long

Lawrence Carter Long

Public Affairs Specialist, National Council on Disability

Presentation: Beyond Trends and Tropes: Grindhouse, Arthouse and the Wacky Wonderful World of Underground Disability Cinema

Presentation Time: 10:00am – 10:30am EST, Friday, April 7, 2017

Evening Event: An Evening of Silent Film with Lawrence Carter-Long

Event Time: 7:30pm – 9pm EST, Thursday, April 6, 2017

Event Preview: 12pm – 12:15pm EST, Thursday, April 6, 2017

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Daily Reflections:

5:10pm – 5:20pm EST, Thursday, April 6, 2017

5:10pm – 5:20pm EST, Friday, April 7, 2017

3:10pm – 3:20pm EST, Saturday, April 8

Frequently sought as media spokesperson on disability issues, Lawrence is more likely to be seen wielding a microphone than a picket sign. Dozens of notable media outlets including NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, the NEW YORK TIMES, the BBC, NBC’s TODAY SHOW, CNN and DIVERSITY, INC. have sought Lawrence’s expertise on a wide variety of issues ranging from media portrayal of disability, self determination, medical ethics and important quality of life issues like employment, transportation and housing.

Eliza Chandler

Eliza Chandler

Ryerson University

Compelled into Art: Cultivating Disability Art through Revisioning Difference | Eliza Chandler, Nadine Changfoot, Carla Rice (Panel)

Presentation Time: 9:50am – 10:50am EST, Saturday, April 8, 2017

Eliza Chandler is an Assistant Professor in Disability Studies at Ryerson University. She is the co-director of Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology, and Access to Life, a project interrogating the intersections of disability, fat, aging, and Indigenous art. Chandler is the former Artistic Director of Tangled Art + Disability and she is a practicing artist and curator.

Nadine Changfoot

Nadine Changfoot

Trent University

Compelled into Art: Cultivating Disability Art through Revisioning Difference | Eliza Chandler, Nadine Changfoot, Carla Rice (Panel)

Presentation Time: 9:50am – 10:50am EST, Saturday, April 8, 2017

Nadine Changfoot is Associate Professor and Chair of Political Studies, Trent University and Senior Research Affiliate with Re•Vision: The Center for Art and Social Justice, University of Guelph. Her research is collaborative, addressing and also producing art at the intersection of politics, arts activism, and community* – campus engagement that includes methods and ethics of research creation for multimedia digital storytelling and complex cross-sectoral partnerships of state, the non-profit sector, aggrieved communities, and academy.

Jessica Cooley

Jessica Cooley

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Material Conditions of Disability in Art and Its Histories (Panel)

“A Loose Screw: Madness, Inherent Vice, and Crip Materiality”

Presentation Time: 2:40pm – 3:50pm EST Thursday, April 6, 2017

Jessica Cooley is a scholar-curator working at the intersections of curatorial and museum studies, art of the United States, and disability studies. Currently, Cooley is a Ph.D. candidate in art history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 2006 to 2010 she served as Assistant Curator for Davidson College’s Art Galleries.

Xing Cui

Xing Cui

Kendall College of Art and Design, Design Student

Access Design Solutions (with Keith Hansen)

Presentation Time: 12:20pm – 12:50pm EST, Saturday, April 8, 2017

Xing Cui, is a senior interior design student at KCAD. Graduating this summer, she is ready to embrace her career as a commercial interior designer. She believes that design empowers people, and enthusiastically brings innovations to life and hearts. Cross culture, life explorer always. 

Jim Ferris

Jim Ferris

University of Toledo, Ohio

What Holds (the Stone Together: On Disability, Race, Identity)

Presentation Time: 9:20am – 9:50am EST, Friday, April 7, 2017

Jim Ferris is a poet and performance artist. He is author of Slouching Towards Guantanamo, Facts of Life, and The Hospital Poems, which won the Main Street Rag Book Award in 2004. Ferris, who holds a doctorate in performance studies, has performed at the Kennedy Center and across the United States, Canada and Great Britain; recent performance work includes the solo performance piece “Scars: A Love Story.” Past president of the Society for Disability Studies, he has received awards for performance and mathematics as well as poetry and creative nonfiction. His writing has appeared in dozens of publications, ranging from POETRY to Text & Performance Quarterly, from the Georgia Review to weekly newspapers.

Susan Fitzmaurice

Susan Fitzmaurice

Performing Disability Self-Portraits, or Mute Mime Performs Paper or “How do you get Riva to do your portrait?” (with Devva Kasnitz)

Presentation Time: 10:00am – 10:30am EST, Thursday, April 6, 2017

Susan Fitzmaurice is a lifelong disability advocate focusing on integrating people of all ages with all types of disabilities into the arts, and supporting self-advocacy in people with intellectual disabilities. She plays a role in the success of the Society for Disability Studies and VSA Michigan the state organization on arts and disability.

Ann Fox

Ann Fox

Davidson College

Disability and the Art of Quiet Protest: Stephen Karam’s The Humans

Presentation Time: 9:10am – 9:40am EST, Saturday, April 8, 2017

Ann Fox specializes in 20th- and 21st-century dramatic literature and disability studies. Her teaching interests include modern and contemporary drama and disability in drama, literature, and visual culture. Fox’s scholarship on disability and theatre has been published in Legacy, Contemporary Theatre Review, the National Women’s Studies Association Journal, Gendering Disability, The Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, and Disability Studies Quarterly.

Terry Galloway

Terry Galloway

Independent Artist

You Are My Sunshine Evening Event, 7:30PM – 9PM on Friday, April 7, 2017

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Presentation: “Boo Hoo Hoo and Screw You, Too!” (Radicalizing the Community Conversation about Disability in the Arts) (panel)

Presentation Time: 2:25pm – 3:10pm EST, Saturday, April 8, 2017

Terry Galloway is a writer, director and performer for stage, radio, video and film. In 1986 she co-founded and became the Artistic Director of the Mickee Faust Club in Tallahassee Florida, a 25 year-old non-profit theater for the queer, disabled, minority community that teaches novices the art of writing, performing and producing original cabarets, radio shows and short comic videos. In 2009, her memoir Mean Little deaf Queer, called by Dorothy Allison, “a damn fine piece of work that is unbelievably powerful,” was published by Beacon Press and became a Lambda Award finalist and a winner of the Golden Crown award for non-fiction.

 Declan Gould

Declan Gould

University of Buffalo

Material Conditions of Disability in Art and Its Histories (Panel)

“An Effect of Language: Disability as Material Constraint in Radically Accessible Poetry”

Presentation Time: 2:40pm – 3:50pm EST, Thursday, April 6, 2017

Declan Gould is a Poetics PhD candidate at the University at Buffalo and holds an MFA from Temple University. She is the author of the article “’I am/in pain’: The Form of Suffering in David Wolach’s Hospitalogy and Amber DiPietra and Denise Leto’s Waveform” (Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, 2017) and the chapbook Model Figure (Shirt Pocket Press, 2016)

Cheryl Green

Cheryl Green

Independent Filmmaker

Acquiring A Broken Brain for Laughter and Tears: Representations of Brain Injury in Film

Presentation Time: 4:00pm – 4:20pm EST, Thursday, April 6, 2017

Cheryl Green, MFA, MS merges academic backgrounds in performance and allied health with personal experiences of acquired disability into a politicized, access-oriented practice. Her media work centers disability and neurodiversity cultural narratives. Trained in Closed Captioning and Audio Description, she advocates for integrating access into artwork from the ideas stage.

Handout to accompany presentation: TBI in Film

Keith Hansen

Keith Hansen

Kendall College of Art and Design, Design Student

Access Design Solutions (with Xing Cui)

Presentation Time: 12:20pm – 12:50pm EST, Saturday, April 8, 2017

Keith Hansen, a graduate from Kendall College of Art and Design as of May 2017 with a bachelor of Fine Arts in interior design. When he isn’t doing design work, Keith enjoys cooking, golf, and boating. Keith plans on moving to the island of Sint. Maarten upon graduation in May.

Devva Kasnitz

Devva Kasnitz

City University of New York

Preforming Disability Self-Portraits or Mute Mime Preforms Paper or “How do you get Riva to do your portrait?” (with Susan Fitzmaurice)

Presentation Time: 10:00am – 10:30am EST, Thursday, April 6, 2017

Devva Kasnitz trained as a cultural geographer at Clark University and then as a medical anthropologist at The University of Michigan, with postdoctoral work at Northwestern University and at the University of California, San Francisco in health policy and disability in urban and medical anthropology. She has worked in the area of disability studies for the last 34 years while still maintaining an interest in ethnicity and immigration. She was on the founding boards of: the Society for Disability Studies, the Anthropology and Disability Research Interest Group, and the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living. Kasnitz’s current work focuses on speech impairment and the politics of social participation and on disability services in higher education.

Debra Keenahan

Debra Keenahan

Western Sidney University

Material Conditions of Disability in Art and Its Histories (Panel)

“Little Big Woman: Revealing the Female Dwarf Figure Through the Lens of Feminist Disability Aesthetics”

Presentation Time: 2:40pm – 3:50pm EST, Thursday, April 6, 2017

As an artist, psychologist and academic, Debra’s work focusses upon the personal/social impacts of disability. She uses 2D and 3D art methods to represent the manifestation of dignity in the disability aesthetic. Debra has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions and lectures at Western Sydney University in Humanitarian and Development Studies.

Alison Kopit

Alison Kopit

University of Illinois at Chicago

Crip Aesthetics and Performing the Score of Myself

Presentation Time: 4:30pm – 5:00pm EST, Thursday, April 6, 2017

Alison Kopit is a Ph.D. student in Disability Studies at UIC. Her recent master’s thesis is entitled Toward a Queer Crip Aesthetic: Dance, Performance, and the Disabled Bodymind. She is a co-creator of a community-driven online art project called the Not Sorry Project (www.thenotsorryproject.com) and works on the editorial team of Monstering Magazine.

Alois Kronschlaeger

Alois Kronschlaeger

Independent Artist

HYBRID STRUCTURES Presentation (panel)

Presentation Time: 10:40am – 11:10am EST, Friday, April 7, 2017

Alois Kronschlaeger’s work exists at the intersection of art, architecture, fashion and design. Kronschlaeger is best known for his site-specific installations and sculptures, which demonstrate a preoccupation with environment and light, as well as an interest in exploring time and space via geometry. Within the past two years, Kronschlaeger’s work has grown in scale from encompassing the entire horizontal plane of the Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York to encompassing the vertical axis of a 4-story abandoned building in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Kris Lenzo

Kris Lenzo

Independent Artist and Dancer

Integrated Dance: a small sample

Presentation Time:12:15pm – 12:30pm EST, Friday, April 7, 2017

Evening Event Dance Performance prior to You Are My Sunshine

Event Time: 7:30 PM – 9 PM Friday, April 7, 2017

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Kris Lenzo made the transition to dance after more than two decades as a wheelchair athlete and a national champion in wheelchair basketball and wheelchair track. As a member of the United States National Teams in Basketball and Track, he traveled to Nova Scotia, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Since 2003, Lenzo has danced with MOMENTA Performing Arts Company. He has performed several times in the Dance St. Louis “Spring to Dance” show (2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013). His appearances have also included Dance Chicago, Duets for My Valentine, Chicago’s Bodies of Work Festival of Disability Art and Culture in 2006 and 2013, Counter Balance (IVI), and annually at the Chicago Disability Pride Parade.

Ted Lott

Ted Lott

Lott3Metz Architecture

HYBRID STRUCTURES Presentation (panel)

Presentation Time: 10:40am – 11:10am EST, Friday, April 7, 2017

Ted Lott founded Lott3 Architecture, LLC in 2001 with a focus on leading innovative design and architecture in downtown Grand Rapids, contributing to the city’s progressive urban emphasis. Over the years, Ted’s working relationships with West Michigan’s leading organizations resulted in the firm’s steady growth and evolution to become Lott3Metz Architecture, LLC in 2004. He is an award-winning architect, urban designer and planner and an active stakeholder in the city neighborhoods, working to build strong relations with the City of Grand Rapids and neighborhood residents.

Donna Marie Nudd

Donna Marie Nudd

Professor of Performance Studies, Florida State University

Director, You Are My Sunshine Evening Event, 7:30pm – 9pm EST, Friday, April 7, 2017

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Presentation: “Boo Hoo Hoo and Screw You, Too!” (Radicalizing the Community Conversation about Disability in the Arts) (panel)

Presentation Time: 2:25pm – 3:05pm EST, Saturday, April 8, 2017

Donna Marie Nudd is a Professor of Performance Studies in the School of Communication at Florida State University where she teaches classes in Gender Studies, Performance, Film Adaptation, and Teaching Communication in College.  She has also won four university teaching awards.  Nudd has published essays in Text and Performance Quarterly, Liminalities, Bronte Society Transactions, and many other academic journals. Nudd is the Executive Director of the Mickee Faust Club in Tallahassee, Florida, a theatre company that produces three original cabarets a year.

Keith Oberfeld

Keith Oberfeld

KBO Group, Head of Production

Accessible Event Planning Seminar

Presentation Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm EST, Saturday, April 8, 2017

Keith Oberfeld (the KBO in KBOgroup) began his career as a volunteer in community theatre sometime in the last century. He designed settings, lighting, and sound for college and festival productions, before becoming a rock-and-roll show lighting designer (Blondie, Tom Waits) for a few years. Hoping to retain his hearing and sanity, Keith moved to lighting and production management for corporate events, as well as lighting for film and television. Along the way, Keith acquired an Emmy for his lighting work on the Children’s television show, “Come on Over.”

Benedict Phillips

Benedict Phillips

Creative Director of DM Labs

3D Thinkers in a 2D World

Presentation Time: 3:40pm – 4:10pm EST, Friday, April 7, 2017

An Artist and Consultant with over 20 years experience of delivering public art, site-specific and international projects. His core art practice is photography, sculpture and performance. Author of ‘A Benedictionary’ world’s only dyslexic dictionary. His works have been acquired and displayed in collections including the Victoria and Albert museum.

Jenna Reid

Jenna Reid

York University

The Aesthetics of Mad Art: Unpacking the Relationships Between Madness and Disability Arts and Culture

Presentation Time: 2:10pm – 2:30pm EST, Thursday, April 6, 2017

Jenna Reid is an emerging fibre artist who works with the techniques of nature based dyeing and quilt making in order to explore issues of madness, sexuality and gender through a social justice perspective. As a PhD candidate and lecturer in Critical Disability Studies both Jenna’s art and academic work are deeply connected to her commitment to the mad and disability communities locally, nationally and internationally.

Carla Rice

Carla Rice

University of Guelph

Compelled into Art: Cultivating Disability Art through Revisioning Difference | Eliza Chandler, Nadine Changfoot, Carla Rice (Panel)

Presentation Time: 9:50am – 10:50am EST, Saturday, April 8, 2017

Carla Rice’s work focuses on misconceptions and marginalization of women with a wide range of differences in cultural imagery and health- and social-care encounters, and investigates the causes behind pervasive stereotyping and exclusion in systems, institutions, and communities. To tackle these issues, Rice is developing and evaluating the potential of photography, digital storytelling (autobiographical films), research-based drama, and other artistic techniques, to create alternative, empowering representations of differences. These are intended to engage diverse audiences in examining their taken-for-granted responses.

Michele Ross

Michele Ross

KBO Group, Chief Client Officer

Accessible Event Planning Seminar

Presentation Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm EST, Saturday, April 8, 2017

Michele Ross is KBO groups’s Chief Client Officer. She’s the “Ready, Set” in “Ready, Set, Go!” Michele is a gracious communicator, and is in constant contact with team members, vendors, and partners. She gets the ball rolling, and keeps it rolling, even when it’s uphill both ways.

Stefanie Snider

Stefanie Snider

Kendall College of Art and Design

Material Conditions of Disability in Art and Its Histories (Panel)

“Media-Specific Possibilities of the Graphic Novel”

Presentation Time: 2:40pm – 3:50pm EST, Thursday, April 6, 2017

Stefanie Snider, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI. Her research focuses on contemporary visual representations made by, for, and about typically marginalized subjects, including LGBT/ Queer, fat, and/or disabled communities.

Christopher Smit

Christopher Smit

DisArt

Various Presentations

Dr. Christopher Smit PhD has spent his career writing, lecturing, and teaching about the curious and compelling relationship between media, art, and the disabled body. His books and essays on disability, art, and popular culture have gained notoriety since the beginning of his career in 1996. He is the founder of DisArt. Smit is a Disabled person.

 

 

Jill Vyn

Jill Vyn

DisArt

Various Presentations

Jill Vyn (MSW, University of Michigan) has been involved in cultural bridge making, community development, and community engagement throughout her career. Vyn has been part of the executive team of DisArt since it’s beginning.