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Crip* Colloquium

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Sponsored in part by a Arts CO+RE grant through the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation; Presidential Initiative in the Arts and Humanities, University of Illinois System; Broadening Inclusion grant through the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) at Illinois; DREAM@UIUC; and Krannert Art Museum
Hybrid event: In-person at Siebel Center for Design and virtual via Zoom
Oct 21, 2021   2:00 pm  
Krannert Art Museum
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Krannert Art Museum Calendar

Join us for a gathering of artists, professors, students, and organizers discussing and critically engaging with disability, access, and the potential to utilize these concepts in a generative and inclusive way. 

Registration Details

All sessions will be fully hybrid, so they can be attended in person at the Siebel Center for Design on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus or virtually via Zoom. Every session of the colloquium will have live captioning and ASL interpretation, for both in-person and virtual event attendees.

Registration is required to attend, and you can select in-person or virtual options at the following links | Register for Day One | Register for Day Two

The Shannon Finnegan artist talk on October 21 has its own registration portal through the Art + Design Visitors Series | Register for the Artist Talk

Schedule of Speakers

Thursday, October 21 | Register for Day One

2-3 pm

Cripping: Interdependence, Creativity, Access | An intercampus hybrid discussion about the integration and dissemination of access

Margaret Fink, Director of the Disability Cultural Center at University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC)

Jorge Lucero, Professor and Chair of Art Education in the School of Art and Design, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

Karyn Sandlos, Head of Art Education at UIC

Lorelei Stewart, Director Gallery 400 at UIC

Liza Sylvestre, Curator of Academic Programs at Krannert Art Museum, UIUC


3:30-4:30 pm

Faculty Discussion | Faculty from disparate departments at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign discuss how disability and access have informed their research and pedagogy

Clara Bosak-Schroeder, Department of Classics

Nic Flores, Department of Latina/Latino Studies

Christopher Robert Jones, School of Art and Design

Eduardo Ledesma, Department of Spanish & Portuguese


5:30-7 pm

Art + Design Visitors Series: Shannon Finnegan Artist Talk | Accessibility Dreams

Register for the Artist Talk

Through their art practice, Shannon thinks about how we can move towards better and more nuanced approaches to access. Instead of focusing on compliance and doing the minimum, what if we approach access creatively and generously, centering disability culture? How might we make spaces and experiences that disabled people not only can access but want to access? 

About the Artist

Shannon Finnegan is an artist. Some of their recent work includes Anti-Stairs Club Lounge, an ongoing project that gathers people together who share an aversion to stairs; Alt-Text as Poetry, a collaboration with Bojana Coklyat that explores the expressive potential of image description; and Do You Want Us Here or Not, a series of benches and cushions designed for exhibition spaces. They have done projects with Banff Centre, the High Line, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Nook Gallery. Their work has been supported by a 2018 Wynn Newhouse Award, a 2019 residency at Eyebeam, and a 2020 grant from Art Matters Foundation.

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