The work of 15 uniquely talented individuals from across the country will be featured in the upcoming “Green Light: Emerging Artists with Disabilities” show. The juried exhibition runs Thursday, July 16 through Sunday, Sept. 20 at Union’s Mandeville Gallery. This is the first time the College has hosted the event, which is in its seventh year.
Sponsored by Volkswagen Group of America Inc. and organized by VSA arts, the show encourages participants to contemplate the relationship between art, life and disability. VSA arts is an international, nonprofit organization that was founded in 1974 by Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where people with disabilities learn through, engage in, and enjoy the arts.
Mandeville Gallery Director and Curator Rachel Seligman hopes visitors will enjoy the pieces, which illustrate how important art can be in the lives of individuals.
“Art helps and inspires all artists,” she said. “It can be especially powerful for people with disabilities, who may have trouble expressing themselves in other ways.”
A closing reception will be held in conjunction with Art Night Schenectady Friday, Sept. 18 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the Nott Memorial. Participating artists include Sarah Muehlbauer, Elise Mravunac, April Dill, Alexander Appel, Katrina Cathcart, Lissa Corona, Emily Eifler, Oddree Freitas, Franco Gassant, Ervin Gray, Michelle Herman, Michelle Jasmin, Danya Lang, Daniel McFarlane, and PJ Smalley.
“Green Light,” free and open to the public while at Union, is a traveling exhibition. For more information on the show, click here.