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Exhibitions

Browse through a list of exhibitions curated by VSA:

image of artwork by Dimelza Broche, Born 1990, in New Orleans, Louisiana

Momentum
Meet the 15-award winning finalists of the 2011 Volkswagen/ VSA annual program inviting submissions by emerging artists (ages 16-25) with disabilities. This year's theme invited artists to examine the creative spark behind their work, the force that drives their artistic interest.

image of artwork by Jesse Higman

Shift
An international juried art exhibition by artists with disabilities, Shift, explores the moments that profoundly alter the course of an individual's life and invite us to consider the relationship between personal experience and artistic expression.

image of artwork by Katherine Sherwood, Born October 17, 1952, in New Orleans, Louisiana

Revealing Culture
An international juried art exhibition by artists with disabilities, Revealing Culture presents 146 works of art in a broad range of media and was featured during the 2010 International VSA Festival.

An Art from Massachusetts

What is Disability?
An online exhibition of postcards, created in multiple languages and art styles, investigating the different ways people interpret the word "disability."

Yuri's art image, age 12, Reno, Nevada

State of the Art
An online exhibition showcasing the artwork of young artists who answered a call to create. The children were invited to think about what makes their community unique and depict their environments.

SNiamh Butler, age 20, Montrose, New York, 2008

Accelerate
Meet the 15-award winning finalists of the 2009 Volkswagen/ VSA arts annual program inviting submissions by emerging artists (ages 16-25) with disabilities. Of the 236 entries received, these 15 finalists were awarded a total of $60,000 provided by Volkswagen of Group America, Inc.

Naieer (age 8) Dorchester, Massachusett, 2008

Celebrating Who I Am
An online exhibition showcasing the artwork of young artists who answered a call to create. The children were encouraged to explore new activities, rethink their perceptions, and discover themselves as artists.

Sarah Muehlbauer, age 24, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2008

Green Light
Meet the 15-award winning finalists of the 2008 Volkswagen/ VSA arts annual program inviting submissions by emerging artists (ages 16-25) with disabilities. Of the 164 entries received, these 15 finalists were awarded a total of $60,000 provided by Volkswagen of Group America, Inc.

Emily Eifler, age 23, Foster City, California, 2008

Derivative Composition
An international juried art exhibition by artists with disabilities, Derivative Composition highlights the synergy among the disciplines showcasing art that is inspired by music, theater, and dance. Using a wide range of media, these 14 artists consider the influence of personal experience on creativity.

Grace, age 7, Akron, Iowa, 2008

All Kids Can…CREATE!
An online exhibition showcasing the artwork of young artists who answered a call to create. The children were encouraged to explore new activities, rethink their perceptions, and discover themselves as artists.

Remission & Resilience by Jacolby Satterwhite, 2007

DRIVEN
Meet the 15-award winning finalists of the 2007 Volkswagen/ VSA arts annual program inviting submissions by emerging artists (ages 16-25) with disabilities. Of the 204 entries received, these 15 finalists were awarded a total of $60,000 provided by Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Phantom Pain by Lihua Lei, 2006

Renascence/07
VSA arts Renascence/07, an international juried exhibition of new media by artists with disabilities. Featured in this exhibition are installations, net.art, video, and interactive sculpture, such as Lihua Lei's 40-foot installation, Phantom Pain. Transparent, butterfly-like wings float over glass casts of the artist's own legs.

Butterfly by Emily Alexander, 2006

Destination Anywhere
Meet the 15-award winning finalists of the 2006 Volkswagen/ VSA arts annual program inviting submissions by emerging artists (ages 16-25) with disabilities. Of the 206 entries received, these 15 finalists were awarded a total of $60,000 provided by Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Lavendar Mist by Santiago Gallegos, 2006, acrylic

A View From My Window
An online exhibit showcasing the artwork of young artists from around the world. Each artist was asked to capture a snapshot of their life through painting, drawing or sculpture and to explain why it makes their "window," or perspective, unique.

Easy Target by Lihua Lei, 2002, glass & ink (approx. 7 feet long)

Transformation
Meet the 23 artists of this international exhibition that debuted at the Kennedy Center in June 2006. Includes sculpture, photography, portraiture and installation. Juried from a pool of over 300 applicants.

Growthplate by Isaac Powell, 2005, acrylic, graphite, and ink on panel (60 inches x 60 inches x 4.75 inches)

Shifting Gears
Meet the 15 award-winning finalists of the 2005 Volkswagen / VSA arts annual program inviting submissions by emerging artists (ages 16 - 25) with disabilities. Of the 215 entries received, these 15 finalists were awarded a total of $60,000 provided by Volkswagen of America, Inc. in honor of their 50th Anniversary.

Hollow Victory by Lanham Bundy, 2001, oil on wood (122cm x 122cm)

2004 International Fellows in the Visual Arts
Meet the 12 International Fellows whose artwork formed the core of the 2004 International VSA arts Festival. These artists were chosen to represent their countries as exemplars and leaders in the visual arts.

Beautiful Flowers by Jennifer Maeder, 2005, tissue paper, tempera, oil paint (28in x 22in)

Discover What Art Is...
An online exhibit showcasing the artwork of young artists from around the world. Each artist was asked to "Discover What Art Is…", to find art wherever they were and to experience it in a new way. Through their creations, participants share with us their own personal views on art and why they feel it is important.

2002 Sunaura Taylor, Vic Chesnutt, oil on canvas (6 ft. x 4 ft.)

Driving Force
Meet the 15-award winning finalists of the 2004 Volkswagen/ VSA arts annual program inviting submissions by emerging artists (ages 16-25) with disabilities. Of the 142 entries received, these 15 finalists were awarded a total of $30,000 provided by Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Difference/Indifference. An international collaborate art exhibit now on display at the City Museum, Washington D.C.

Difference/Indifference
View the collaborative art project involving artists from seven continents at the City Museum of Washington, D.C. Each participant sent a stone or steadfast object that they discovered in their community, or that they altered using a creative method. See and read their personal journeys to find these objects. View lead artist Hirokazu Fukawa direct construction of the installation.

Interstitial Cystitis, mixed media (12' x 8.5') , by Jordan Foster

Road Trip: A Journey of Discovery
Meet the 15-award winning finalists of the 2003 Volkswagen/ VSA arts annual program inviting submissions by emerging artists (ages 16-25) with disabilities. Of the 84 entries received, these 15 finalists were awarded a total of $30,000 provided by Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Mother and Infant paper mache, by Greta Meyer

VSA arts Permanent Collection
Review VSA arts growing collection of artwork by significant artists with disabilities from within the United States and abroad.

man floating among alligators, pastel

Art, Disability & Expression
Explore social/cultural and artistic representations of people with disabilities & artists in today's disability culture in this interactive exhibit.

detail from painting by Matthew Krawcheck

Expressing Freedom
Meet the 10-award winning finalists of the 2002 Volkswagen/ VSA arts annual program inviting submissions by emerging artists (ages 16-25) with disabilities. Of the 131 entries received, these 10 finalists were awarded a total of $25,000 provided by Volkswagen of America, Inc.

floating glass globe image of photographer Traci Parks

Through the Looking Glass
Contemplate the fresh visual perspectives of twenty-two photographers with disabilities. Four of these artists share personal reflections on their art and careers in the panel discussion held in Washington, D.C. with moderator journalist, John Hockenberry.

exhibit logo image for the 'Children Beyon Borders' box exhibit

Children Beyond Borders
Children with disabilities from around the world were invited to creatively reconfigure identical 4" square boxes for display during the 2002 Cultural Olympiad held in Salt Lake City. The result, 'Children Beyond Borders', is a collection of original boxes from over 52 countries that expresses these young artist's ideas, dreams, and visions.

main exhibit sculpture, headless brass torso with video screen in chest

Adrift in the Sea of Tranquility
Artist Hirokazu Fukawa makes highly formalized fine art about a seemingly irresolvable problem in his own life. His exhibit explores the isolation and desperate desire to communicate, between the parent and child with Autism.

hand of the artist, in its broken then renewed state

Athletes of the Spirit
Through her interviews of 9 people with 9 different disabilities and paintings done based on those interviews, as well as views based on her own temporary disability, watercolor artist Julie Cohn has prepared a unique visual and written exploration of what it means to have a disability.

An animated drawing of flowers created to music where the flowers and the music seem to intermingle with colors and patterns.

How Does Art Shape Your World?
A Call for Children's Art 2000 was issued in the Fall of 2000 by VSA arts. Many activities, including an online scavenger hunt, centered around the topic 'How Does Art Shape Your World?' This exhibit features artwork resulting from the 'Call' activities submitted by our participating VSA arts affiliates around the United States.

Hope Avery, dancing without feet

Journey to Here
Companion exhibit to a 25-year VSA arts anniversary book of the same title, celebrates the difference the arts have made in the lives of individuals served by VSA arts, with photos and abbreviated biographies of representative artists.

sculpture of hobo sitting in a box

VA/VSA arts Retrospective
VSA arts and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have enjoyed 10 years of bringing arts opportunities to veterans at VA medical centers and VA health care facilities around the country. This exhibit is a retrospective of work created by program participants.

black and white painting of an old car

Merge with the Mainstream
Features New England-based artists who are participants involved in centers where they are given the tools and encouragement to create independently. Over the last few years, many of these artists have been included in important corporate and private collections, museum exhibitions and art shows where they are merged with mainstream artists. The merging makes a statement about the powerful force art possesses to help change perceptions.

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