The Kennedy Center

Gwynneth VanLaven


Gwynneth VanLaven pursues art as a social action. She creates art that challenges stigmas by shedding light on personal and relatable struggles and by breaking down the notion that there is a gold standard of health and abilities against which to measure. VanLaven, who has a physical disability, channels her personal challenges and triumphs through art. She says, “I have found that living with disability from a young age has given me access to empathy, and the knowledge that we are all in some way touched by disabilities.” VanLaven is currently a candidate for a master of fine arts degree in studio arts at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and has participated in numerous shows throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
'How Do You Feel Today?', wire bound book (11 inches by 6 inches by .25 inches)