Gary Cannone, Sally Glass, Joseph Grigely, Olga Koumoundouros, Pierre Krause,
Michelle Rawlings, Sunaura Taylor, Lauren Woods, Michael Wynne
Gary Cannone, Corner Prop, mixed media, 2014
Arlington - The Gallery at UTA is pleased to present Subject Disability, featuring nine artists from both the DFW area and from across the United States whose work addresses issues concerning disability today. Media ranging from painting and drawing to installation and video works has been chosen to illustrate the ways art can challenge and inform our experience of others. Guest curated by Stephen Lapthisophon, the exhibition coincides with UT Arlington's 50th annual Webb Memorial Lectures, which this year commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Lapthisophon, a respected artist and educator who teaches for both
the Art & Art History Department and the Disability Studies Minor, states that the exhibition title “serves not only as a marker for the content of the show but also as a reference to a subject / object relation on questions of being - agency, authority and power - 'who speaks for whom?' in our world.”
In association with the exhibition, curator Stephen Lapthisophon, will discuss the work in the show in an hour-long gallery talk on Thursday, February 26 beginning at 12:30 pm in The Gallery at UTA. Lapthisophon graduated with a BFA from the University of Texas, Austin in 1977, before attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he received his MFA in 1979. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Texas at Arlington, he taught at Columbia College in Chicago, the School of the Art Institute, and the University of Texas at Dallas. Legally blind as a result of optic nerve disease and subsequent medical treatment, his work as an art theorist, installation and sound artist reflects his personal experience and questions emphasis of the sense of sight in aesthetic culture. In 2008 Lapthisophon was awarded the prestigious Wynn Newhouse Award for artists with disabilities.
Due to weather related university closings in February, a second gallery talk and a closing reception have been scheduled:
Gallery talk on Tuesday, March 31, 3:30 – 4:15 pm with Stephen Lapthisophon, Subject:Disability curator and Sara-Jayne Parsons, curator of the art galleries at TCU.
Closing Reception: Friday, April 3, 5:30-8 pm
These events are co-sponsored by the Disability Studies Minor as part of the 50th Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures on “Beyond Attics and Activists: Rethinking Family in Disability History.” CART (real-time captioning) will be provided for both events.
Gallery hours are 10 am until 5 pm Monday through Friday and noon until 5 pm on Saturday. The Gallery is located in the Fine Art Building, room 169, at 502 S. Cooper Street, Arlington, TX. For more information contact Benito Huerta or Patricia Healy (817) 272-5658 or www.uta.edu/gallery.
The 2014 - 2015 exhibition schedule is made possible by the generous support of Arlington Camera, the Hanley Foundation, Hilton Arlington, and Nerwin & Martin. This exhibition and related events are co-sponsored by the Minor in Disability Studies and the Department of History as part of the 50th Annual Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures.
The exhibit and all events are free and open to the public.
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 10A.M. - 5 P.M., Saturday 12 - 5P.M.
Located on first floor in room 169 at the north end of the Fine Arts Building, UTA Campus, 502
S. Cooper St., Arlington, Texas.
For more information, contact Benito Huerta 817-272-3143 or Patricia Healy 817-272-5658.