DAS Sponsors De’VIA Art Exhibition in DC

Devia 2015 35Featuring the work of Deaf artists around the world, DAS sponsored “Let There Be Light” a De’VIA ARTivism exhibit at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery in Washington DC. Many people have never seen works of art produced by Deaf and Deaf-blind people specifically about the Deaf experience. Deaf visual expression has historically revolved around two central themes: resistance to oppression and affirmation of self-worth & liberation. Using a variety of mediums, works explored themes of imprisonment vs freedom – and darkness vs light was the the focal point of the exhibit at Pepco Edison Gallery. The exhibit also included art completed by Deaf people in who are in prison. Before the exhibition began, over 130 artworks were submitted by almost 50 Deaf artists. Over 80 works were selected by over 45 Deaf artists, names below.

Juried Artists: Chuck Baird, Arnaud Balard (FR), Fred Beam (DC), David Call (CA), Karen Christie (NY), Susan Dupor (WI), Patty Durr (NY), Shawn Elfrink (MO), Angus English (DC), David Ennis (MD), Tony Fowler (CO), Takiyah Harris (IL), Paul Johnston (MD), Bridget Klein (MD), Ellen Mansfield (MD), Theresa Matteson (CA), Ken McBroom (TN), Nancy McCormick (CA), Sharon McKenney (NY), Philip Mecham (DC), Betty G. Miller, Laurie Monahan (NY), Teresa Newman (MD), Christine Parrotte (MD), Randy Pituk (NY), Mary Rappazzo (CA), Nancy Rourke (CO), Jon Savage (CA), Paul Scearce (WA), Ann Silver (WA), Diane Squires (MA), Heidi Storme (KS), Yiqiao Wang (DC), Darlene Wier (MI), Alex Wilhite (TX), Daniel Winship (ME), Jim Van Manen (IL), Jenny Witteborg (VA), Yusuf Yahya (MD), Svetlana Zinovieva (MD).
The exhibit was juried by:
Patti Durr (De’VIA ARTivist and NTID professor), Tabitha Jacques (NTID Dyer Arts Center Director), Paul Johnson (De’VIA founder and Gallaudet professor), Ellen Mansfield (De’VIA ARTivist), Luvon Sheppard (artist and RIT Art professor), Lenore Swartzwelder (curator of Frederick De’VIA show), and Carol Wilson (Smithsonian American Art Museum)
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