Let There Be Light: De^ARTivism
at the Pepco Edison Gallery
Curated and Organized by Ellen Mansfield
August 12th-September 4th, 2015
702 Eighth Street NW, Washington DC 20068
Opening reception is on Wednesday August 12, 2015 from 5 pm to 8 pm and is hosted by the Washington Society of Jewish Deaf.
Closing reception is on Wednesday September 2, 2015 from 5 pm to 8 pm and is hosted by the Department of ASL and Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University.
Over 130 artworks were submitted by almost 50 Deaf artists. Over 80 works were selected by over 45 Deaf artists.
The exhibit is 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)
Many have never seen works of art by Deaf and Deaf-blind people about the Deaf experience. Deaf visual expression has historically revolved around two central themes: resistance to oppression and affirmation of self-worth & liberation. The Let There Be Light exhibit will have works from all over the country and cover a variety of mediums. Works exploring the theme of imprisonment vs freedom – darkness vs light will be the focal point of the exhibit at Pepco Edison Gallery. The exhibit will also include art by Deaf people in prison.