The DisArt HYBRID Gallery will offer a context for both the HYBRID Structures installation and the ELEVATE Fashion Show. Designed to showcase new ideas in creative access, universal/human-centered design, and diversity, the gallery will be a celebration of disability arts and culture. The gallery will include an exhibition of documentary photography by the renowned disability rights photographer Tom Olin.
La Galería Híbrida de DisArt ofrecerá un contexto tanto para la instalación ESTRUCTURAS HÍBRIDAS como para el Desfile de Modas ELÉVATE. La galería, diseñada para mostrar ideas nuevas en accesos creativos, diseños universales y pensados para humanos, será una celebración del arte de discapacitados y la cultura. La galería incluirá una exhibición de fotografía documental de Tom Olin, famoso fotógrafo de derechos de discapacidades.
DisArt’s permanent space at this year’s ArtPrize will be the DisArt Hybrid Gallery at 333 Rumsey
Street, a space very familiar to ArtPrize goers as it was the site of last year’s winner Kate
Gilmore’s “Higher Ground” installation. The DisArt Hybrid Gallery will offer a context for both the
Hybrid Structures installation and the Elevate Fashion Show by helping visitors understand the
complex nature of disability and its expression through art. Designed to showcase new ideas in
creative access, universal/human-centered design, and diversity, the gallery will be a
celebration of disability arts and culture.
The gallery will include an exhibition of documentary photography by the renowned disability
rights photographer Tom Olin. Curated by Elizabeth VanArragon, the “Access is a Civil Right:
The Photography of Tom Olin’s show presents striking images that illustrate the fight for civil
rights by Disabled people in the United States.
Audience members also will be invited to watch videos, read texts and interact with images that
help offer a deeper understanding of the way art and disability work within the human condition.
The gallery will be a site for other DisArt programming during ArtPrize, including a poetry
reading by University of Michigan Professor Petra Kuppers, author of “Pearl Stitch” and
Stephanie Heit on Sept. 30 at 8 p.m..
All the events described are made possible by generous financial and production assistance
from The Kate and Richard Wolters Foundation, the Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation, the
National Endowment for the Arts, the Peter C. and Emajean Cook Foundation, Twink Frey, KBO
Productions, The Edge Salon, Universal Mind, RepcoLite Paints Inc. and many others.
DisArt changes perceptions about disability, one piece of art at a time. Through curated
programming and strategic partnerships, DisArt creates necessary civic conversations that help
bring physical and mental differences into a cultural landscape where they are understood
better and celebrated. These conversations aim to facilitate individual and institutional (systems)
actions where universal access, disability rights and social integration become a central part of
the cultural consciousness.
The mission of DisArt is centered on the idea that disability belongs within the larger, cultural
imagination regarding the varied systems and meanings of human identity and community.
DisArt both creates and facilitates cutting-edge, contemporary and performing arts programs
that center on disability, identity and community making. These relational programs intentionally
engage people in ways that change how they think about, speak about, and act toward each
Kate and Richard Wolters Foundation
Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation
Peter C. and Emajean Cook Foundation
The Edge Salon
American Loop Services
IATSE Local 26
Habitat for Humanity ReStore